Through two games, opportunities for backup quarterback J.W. Walsh have been limited.
He ran his special package — designed to utilize his ability to run and throw — for one series against Savannah State and one play against Arizona. Walsh also ran OSU's regular offense against Savannah State.
As for the “Walsh Package,” Walsh's first play against the Tigers was a 13-yard run to the right side, before Joseph Randle broke a 38-yard to the 6-yard line. In a way, that long run may have ruined the Cowboys' plans to experiment more with the package, and Jeremy Smith scored two plays later.
Against Arizona, Walsh came in for a fourth-and-1 at midfield in the second quarter and was stopped short of the first down. The play started in the diamond formation with backs Randle, Jeremy Seaton and Kye Staley, before Seaton motioned to Walsh's right side. Walsh ran to his right on the keeper, but could not get past the sticks.
“Obviously, it didn't work very good,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Tried to get a yard and got a half-a-yard. I don't think that falls on J.W. I think it falls on the way it was blocked. At that time, you'd like to think you can get a yard.”
SILENCE NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN
There's been a lot of singing and dancing — some by Gundy — in OSU locker rooms in recent years.
Saturday's postgame scene provided a stark contrast.