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Oklahoma State football: No one saw this coming out of backup quarterback J.W. Walsh

OSU FOOTBALL — Mike Gundy didn't see this coming from backup quarterback J.W. Walsh. Same for offensive coordinator Todd Monken. “Some of the plays he makes today, you don't see in practice,” Monken said.
by John Helsley Published: September 15, 2012

“He's not going to be as good as Wes in 7-on-7 (drills),” Monken said. “He better not be. And he's not as good as him at what we do.

“But that doesn't mean he's not a good football player.”

Without the elite arm and in practices and scrimmages that blow the ball dead whenever quarterbacks are touched, Walsh has never been able to display his full package of skills.

Until Saturday.

“Everyday he does that in practice, it's a sack,” Monken said of Walsh's daring scrambles. “That's always been the history with running quarterbacks, you don't know until they play.”

Now they know more about Walsh, who didn't miss much in the passing game, either, against Lafayette. And what the Cowboys do from here – as long as Lunt is out – is likely to change.

“He's a guy who's going to make as many plays with his feet as his arm,” Monken said. “So I don't think there's any way you don't play to his strengths.”

There's a chance, too, that Walsh is simply a gamer; a guy who breaks out his best for the biggest moments.

“I think he's a pretty good 'baller,” said Stewart, who caught nine passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. “He's a good player, man.”

Stewart would know, having ridden shotgun to Walsh in Guyer's high-powered prep offenses.

And this much was clear, too, Saturday: Walsh didn't shy from the spotlight, even though the circumstances were less than ideal.

“As soon as I saw (Lunt) grab his knee, I immediately felt bad for him,” Walsh said. “But at the same time, I've got to go out and play. So I immediately got my mind right.

“And the team was great with me; they were slapping my hand and slapping my head, telling me, ‘Hey, we're not going to skip a beat. We're going to go run the offense and we're going to score and do what we do.'

“And that was evident today.”

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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