Even with one quarterback, Wes Lunt, already injured, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has stressed he will not demand that J.W. Walsh, the Cowboys' probable starter against Texas, slides or gets out of bounds when he takes off running. Gundy doesn't want to take away Walsh's aggressive style, one of the biggest strengths of his game.
Walsh doesn't want to change, either.
“I like to keep going forward and lower my shoulder and try to get as many yards as I can,” Walsh said. “To an extent, not where it's just stupid and going into four defenders and getting killed.”
GILBERT WANTS TO BE KNOWN AS MORE THAN A KICK RETURNER
Justin Gilbert developed rapidly as a cornerback during his sophomore season, tallying five interceptions — three of them coming against top-10 NFL Draft picks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill — while teaming up with Brodrick Brown to create a formidable secondary duo to take on the Big 12's high-powered offenses.
Yet Gilbert feels many still see him as a freak athlete — he played quarterback in high school — or a speedy special teams weapon, rather than a shutdown corner.
Shifting that perception is his biggest goal this season.
“Just developing more as a cornerback,” Gilbert said. “Not so much as a kick returner, which is what most people see me as.”
OPPONENT WATCH: TEXAS HAS PLAYED 14 FRESHMEN SO FAR
Texas has already played 14 true freshmen through its first three games, the second-highest total in the nation entering this week's games, Texas officials told the Austin American-Statesman. LSU, Ohio State and TCU have played 15 true freshmen.
UT coach Mack Brown said coaches will wait until about the seventh week of the season to make final determinations on which freshmen will redshirt this season. He said defensive ends Shiro Davis and Bryce Cottrell could play during the Big 12 season because of the pressure the Longhorns want to put on quarterbacks in the pass-happy Big 12.
"We're going to see teams throw it 50 to 70 times a game," Brown told the newspaper. "Will you have enough pass rushers down the road?"
WALSH NOT PLAYING FAVORITES
The natural quarterback-receiver chemistry between Walsh and Josh Stewart, high school teammates with a close enough relationship to consider themselves brothers, was evident against Louisiana-Lafayette. They hooked up seven times for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Walsh insists he's not playing favorites out there, though.
“We don't have that on this team,” Walsh said. “We all have great relationships. We all know that (all the quarterbacks) have to make our reads and progressions.”
Blake Jackson actually led OSU with 112 receiving yards on five catches against the Ragin' Cajuns. Eight other Cowboys caught at least one pass.