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Oklahoma State football: QB job is Walsh's

by Berry Tramel Published: August 21, 2014
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OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh turns the corner against Texas-San Antonio last September. (Photo by Nate Billings)
OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh turns the corner against Texas-San Antonio last September. (Photo by Nate Billings)

Mike Gundy is playing less coy about his quarterbacks. Gundy on Thursday all but admitted that J.W. Walsh is his man.

“J.W. is getting most of the reps with the ones (first team), then the other guys are splitting,” Gundy said at his last pre-Florida State press conference.

And that jives with what others are saying and just good common sense.

“We’ve got to put all the confidence in J.W.,” said OSU cornerback Kevin Peterson. “He’s the leader of the team. He’s going to be the leader off the field and on the field. In workouts, he’s always going to be first. His work ethic is really great. I have all the confidence in J-Dub. If I want to pick anybody, it’s going to be J-Dub, because he shows all the leadership attributes.”

Teams rarely make a backup quarterback their team leader, and clearly Walsh is the team leader, even down to getting doused this week with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, videotaped by OSU personnel. Walsh is the man, and Gundy even addressed how the offense might look with Walsh.

“J.W. will run the football,” Gundy said. Perhaps run as much as Zac Robinson ran in 2008 and 2009? “Just depends on how they play us,” Gundy said. “What they think our strengths are.”

The Cowboys’ other two quarterbacks, Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph, have made progress, Gundy said.

“Each one of those guys has come a long way since the spring,” Gundy said. “They don’t have any experience. They’ve come along and they’re doing better. If they’re out there in a crucial situation, we’d like to be able to use those guys when we want to use them, not when someone else determines when we use ‘em.”

Gundy pointed out that Walsh is not particularly experienced, either, having played just “eight or nine games in his career.” Walsh actually has played in 10 games extensively. He’s started eight, going 6-2, with two saves — strong performances coming in off the bench.

He won’t be coming in off the bench against Florida State. This job is his.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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