In this case, “a big part of our team” means a touchdown machine. Walsh accounted for six total scores (four rushing, two passing) over OSU's last four games after recovering from a fractured kneecap that forced him to miss three contests.
Since then, Walsh has continued to work on his passing, the part of his game with clear limitations that were exposed during his time as the starter. That doesn't just mean throwing motion, arm strength and accuracy when targeting receivers on the outside. That means pocket presence, keeping his eyes downfield and general confidence.
“I think it's just being comfortable with the offense,” Walsh said, “and making sure that I know where to go with the ball and (to) be on time with it and not just catch the ball (off the snap) and just take off running.
“I want to make sure the coaches know that they can trust me back there in the pocket and that I can deliver nice, timely balls.”
But if Walsh doesn't get the chance to start, he'll be just fine with headlining that special package again in 2013.
“If they ask me to do it, I would be excited to do it,” he said. “No matter what happens, I'm going to do whatever to help my team succeed. If that's my job, then that's what I'm gonna do.”