Gundy said Saturday that he doesn't see J.W. in a role like Collin Klein at Kansas State or Blake Bell at Oklahoma — quarterbacks who consistently pound the ball between the tackles. At 6-foot-5, 226 pounds and 6-6, 254 pounds, respectively, Klein and Bell have the bodies to sustain the constant blows. Not so with J.W., who stands 6-2 and weighs 205 pounds.
Instead, J.W.'s athleticism and ability to both run and throw could still work at times within the Cowboys' up-tempo, spread scheme.
“From what I understand, he runs our system, but then he has a certain set of plays that we think he's more effective at than maybe Wes,” Gundy said. “If he were to get in the game, we would still run our offense, but lean toward those plays.”
J.W. said Saturday that he has not had any discussions with Monken about his role in the offense this season. But he's aware of the public comments Monken and Gundy have made about their desire to get him involved, and appreciates the confidence the coaches have shown in him.
“That just helps me to continue to get better,” J.W. said. “Because now that they're saying that, it kind of gives me an indication that I'll have an opportunity, so I need to be prepared and need to be ready to help the team out as soon as I can.”
In watching J.W. and Lunt interact during Saturday's Fan Appreciation Day — they were sitting next to each other — it's clear that they get along. But J.W.'s competitiveness will be a good push for Lunt in his first season as the starter. It will also continue to serve J.W. well as coaches figure out the best way to utilize him.
And he said his mindset is the same as if he had been named the No. 1 quarterback.
“Even last year as a redshirt, I guess I was three or four plays away from it (being me),” J.W. said. “That's all it takes. You're one play away from being the guy that everyone looks at on the field, you're the leader.”