With his starting quarterback already out with an injury Saturday, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy watched backup J.W. Walsh absorbing frequent blows against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Walsh not only ran fearlessly into several brutal collisions on scrambles, he took more hits in the pocket, including two that were flagged for personal fouls on the Ragin' Cajuns.
So, time to temper Walsh's aggressiveness?
“I think we're always concerned, but J.W. has to play to his strengths,” Gundy said. “And part of his strength is to run the ball. At times he'll pull it down and run it, that's an extra dimension that he gives us. He's got to continue to work and improve throwing the ball, but that extra aspect is his ability to pull it down and run.”
Still, wouldn't it be prudent for Walsh to slide and avoid punishment at the end of some of those runs?
“Not right now,” Gundy said. “I like that he's aggressive. He did it all through high school and did it out here (against ULL). He didn't even blink twice and they threw some good shots at him.
“I just don't want to take his stinger away. I want him to play the way he's played throughout his career. There may be a point where we discuss that, but right now he just needs to play the game.”
JASE CHILCOAT OFFICIALLY JOINS COWBOYS AS NO. 3 QUARTERBACK
Turns out Todd Monken was serious after all.
The OSU offensive coordinator said Saturday that because Wes Lunt's knee injury left the Cowboys with just two eligible quarterbacks, he would consider calling up Jase Chilcoat, a former walk-on from Midwest City who is still a student at OSU, to be the team's No. 3 quarterback for the time being.
Gundy confirmed Tuesday that Chilcoat had rejoined the team and was expected to begin practicing Wednesday. And the intent is to put Chilcoat on a football scholarship.
"I'm trying to put him on scholarship," Gundy said. "We have to go through all the paperwork and make sure that he qualifies through compliance. There's a lot of steps that you have to go through, but if it all works out, we should be able to put him on scholarship. It works good for us, and it's really nice for him."
COWBOYS WELCOME ESPN CAMERAS
ESPN cameras were present at Tuesday's practice, filming for an ESPNU All-Access piece that is scheduled to air next week.
“As a coach, you're always hesitant at times to let people inside the meetings and practice and (give) all access,” Gundy said. “But I think it's valuable. I think we have a lot to show, and people want to see what's going on inside our football program, so we decided to go ahead and let them in.”
OSU and its quarterbacks were featured on ESPN's “Depth Chart” show last year.
OPPONENT WATCH: TEXAS
Statistics signal good times for the Texas defense.
The Longhorns rank No. 32 nationally in total defense, No. 28 in scoring defense, No. 60 in rushing defense and No. 27 in pass defense.
Still, Texas has been bitten by big plays during a three-game run through a soft opening schedule. While the Longhorns' offense shined in a 66-31 rout of Ole Miss, the defensive showing left the Horns feeling …
“Disappointed,” safety Kenny Vaccaro told reporters following the game.
The Cowboys rank No. 1 nationally in scoring and total offense, giving the Longhorns plenty to consider before the teams meet Sept. 29 at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“Obviously, there are going to be some things we'll have to correct,” said Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. “I think it's on our résumé that we'll give up big plays for touchdowns. No good defense can give up big plays for touchdowns.”
DENTON GUYER WELL REPRESENTED
Walsh emerged as the story in Saturday's win over ULL, replacing the injured Wes Lunt and leading the Cowboys to a big offensive day.
And Walsh was in familiar company, with old Denton Guyer High teammates Josh Stewart and Jimmy Bean also producing memorable days — Stewart as the game's leading receiver, Bean returning from injury to make his season debut.
In the stands, Walsh's father and Guyer coach John Walsh was in an attendance.
“It was a really special day for all of us,” J.W. Walsh said. “And to be able to have the day we all had, it was great.”