STILLWATER — One of the last images of J.W. Walsh's special package in Oklahoma State's offense last season happens to be the quarterback's favorite.
On fourth-and-1 from the Purdue 16 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Walsh faked the handoff to Joseph Randle, got the ball off before the Boilermaker pass rush arrived and fired a touchdown strike to backup tight end Jeremy Seaton.
“Nobody was really expecting it,” Walsh said with a smile.
Because of the Cowboys' injury-driven quarterback carousel in 2012, the role originally envisioned for Walsh — a versatile short-yardage and goal-line weapon — did not materialize until the season's final month.
But when Walsh finally got to use his toughness and elusiveness as a runner — and, yes, his arm — in those situations, he embraced it.
“It was a lot of fun to be able to do it,” Walsh said. “There were different runs and passes and just different nuances that were fun to run last year. Looking back, I'm glad I got to do it.
“But now I also want to run the whole thing.”
Something fairly dramatic will need to change over the next two-plus weeks for Walsh to get that wish. Coach Mike Gundy reiterated again Wednesday that Clint Chelf is currently the Cowboys' starter because of the way he performed down the stretch of last season and has practiced so far this spring.
Yet the coach also stressed that Walsh will still be plenty involved as the change-up quarterback.
“He's going to play,” Gundy said. “He's going to have a package. I don't think there's any question. That's established. He's a big part of our team.”