Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy stops short of saying it, but J.W. Walsh is looking like the starter

Gundy stopped short of announcing J.W. Walsh as the clear No. 1, although he generally agreed with media speculation to the point, which included the thought that Walsh’s scrambling skills best fit an offensive line in major transition.
by John Helsley Published: April 5, 2014

— Oklahoma State springs have become annual auditions for the Cowboys glamour job: quarterback.

Same this time around.

Or not?

Talk of another quarterback competition ruled pre-spring chatter, and Mike Gundy and his coaches are taking long hard looks at what they’ve got in J.W. Walsh, Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph.

Yet as far as the starter, the QB 1 now and going forward at least into the start of next season, forget the drama.

It’s Walsh, and that held true even before news spread of a knee injury Garman suffered in Friday’s practice.

“I think so,” Gundy said Saturday after OSU’s Orange Blitz, an open practice taking the place of a spring game. “We’ll finish up next week and then make a decision on what we want to do.”

Gundy stopped short of announcing Walsh as the clear No. 1, although he generally agreed with media speculation to the point, which included the thought that Walsh’s scrambling skills best fit an offensive line in major transition.

“No question,” Gundy said.

As we’ve learned recently, the Cowboys have been known to need and use multiple quarterbacks, even while winning 18 games the past two seasons. They utilized three starters in 2012 and two a year ago, including Walsh during a five-game stretch, before he was — again — replaced by Clint Chelf.

So continued analysis and development is wise.

Still, if Gundy won’t officially give his nod, his actions are telling, with Walsh taking the majority of the first-team snaps in the week’s scrimmages.

“He’s going to be our guy,” senior offensive tackle Daniel Koenig said of Walsh. “He has to be.”

By all accounts, Walsh has earned that distinction, with a sharp and productive spring. He made plays — and, notably, many throws — in Tuesday’s extended scrimmage, and was on regularly on target and on time Saturday.

“He’s become more of a leader,” Koenig said. “He’s staying in the pocket more, which is good. Maybe a year or two years ago, he’d get nervous back there and start scrambling. But now he’s sitting in there and throwing. And that’s great.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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