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Oklahoma State football: Why the Cowboys might not want another Zac Robinson

COMMENTARY — J.W. Walsh is Oklahoma State's starting quarterback. But OSU's coaches' preference for Wes Lunt has something to do with the beating they saw Zac Robinson take.
by Jenni Carlson Published: October 12, 2012

“I think maybe it has changed a little bit when they saw how much it can be on a quarterback to take hits week after week,” Robinson said via cell phone as he drove home from practice earlier this week.

Now, don't misunderstand — he didn't mind the hits.

Being able to run gave him another option, made the offense more unpredictable and added stress on the defense. The trade-off was an occasionally shot.

Most of the time, he popped up and played on.

But his senior season, not so much.

“I don't know if I ever got hurt on a designed quarterback run,” Robinson said. “It was more, ‘OK, the play's broken down, we're gonna scramble.'

“I think it was just by chance.”

Regardless of how well Walsh plays Saturday, he will eventually return to the back-up role. Perhaps he'll be used in some special packages. Maybe he'll become OSU's version of Tim Tebow or Blake Bell. But because Robinson got to the most important games of the season in the worst shape of his career, it may be a long time before the Cowboys hitch their wagons to a dual-threat quarterback.

That isn't a chance they're willing to take.

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