Oklahoma State football notebook: Nine freshman Cowboys have played

Nine true freshmen have played for OSU so far: quarterback Wes Lunt, cornerbacks Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin, receivers C.J. Curry, Brandon Sheperd, Blake Webb and Austin Hays, defensive end Trace Clark and running back/returner Caleb Muncrief.
by John Helsley Published: October 4, 2012

“I'm hoping that's the future for Joseph.”

TIME OFF ALLOWS WALSH PACKAGE TO EXPAND

Against Texas, quarterback J.W. Walsh worked pretty much within a comfort zone package of plays designed to accentuate his strengths.

The playlist featured a heavy dose of Cowboys run game, some of Walsh's own running and intermediate passes focused on the middle of the field. The extra time leading up to next week's game at Kansas will involve expanding Walsh's playbook, said offensive coordinator Todd Monken, although the additions won't be automatic come game time.

“It's much easier to dabble a little if you're winning and things are going good,” Monken said. “What are you going to do if it's always close? Well, you've got to run what's in his wheelhouse.

“If we're up a couple of scores, maybe you can jack around a little.”

OPPONENT WATCH: KANSAS

The Kansas Jayhawks have seen their future — at least a wishful feature — and it looks like …

Kansas State.

Seriously.

Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis understands the rivalry and the disdain the two schools hold for each other, yet he sees K-State and admits admiration.

“I don't want every Kansas fan to be mad at me,” Weis told reporters this week, “but it's a pretty good role model.”

Weis and the Jayhawks, who host OSU next week, get a close-up look at the Wildcats Saturday.

K-State won't necessarily be good preparation for the Cowboys, since the 'Cats ride the running of quarterback Collin Klein, a contrast to OSU's spread passing attack.

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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