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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

LAWRENCE, Kan. — J.W. Walsh has drawn all sorts of comparisons to Zac Robinson.

That's high praise if we're talking about the Robinson who used his arm and his legs to become one of Oklahoma State's most successful and beloved quarterbacks.

It's bad news if we're talking about the Robinson who hobbled through the final months of his Cowboy career.

“It was just kind of some unfortunate stuff,” Robinson said. “Shoulder. Elbow. Then ankle. Then AC (joint). Then concussion. It was one after another.”

Was it ever.

By the time OSU played the 2009 regular-season finale against Oklahoma and then the Cotton Bowl, Robinson was shot. He struggled to pass it. He struggled to run it.

And the Cowboys scored a grand total of seven points in those games, both losses.

Which brings us to Saturday's game at Kansas.

Expected to start again in place of the injured Wes Lunt, Walsh is sure to shine. The Jayhawks have improved since last year when the Cowboys throttled them, and yet, they still lost to Rice and Northern Illinois earlier this season.

This is sure to be a whoopin'.

Walsh will have a big day, and after a stout showing two weeks ago against Texas, there are bound to be folks who believe he should start even when Lunt returns. Cowboy coaches have insisted, though, that Lunt will be their guy once he's healthy. They are sold on the air-raid offense and believe Lunt is a better fit.

But it's hard to believe they aren't mindful, too, of how Robinson's injuries piled up at the end of his career.

“Is it in the back of their minds?” he said. “I don't know.”

It seems that it is. Cowboy coach Mike Gundy has mentioned Robinson, now a scout team quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals, and said that he doesn't want any of his quarterbacks to get hit like that again.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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