Oct 5, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) runs for yardage during the second quarter against Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Dorrian Roberts (4) at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports
5. J.W. Walsh – Senior
This one might seem a little odd at first, but let’s consider a few things.
Walsh is a gamer, bottom line. He may not be the most polished of quarterbacks, but he has always been able to read defenses and adjust accordingly, turning broken or well-covered plays into successful runs with regularity. His play in the season opener against Florida State in 2014 was a big reason why the Cowboys were able to hang with the defending national champs the entire game, even threatening to win down the stretch.
The Cowboys’ offensive line was depleted, but with a dual-threat quarterback like Walsh, they were able to elude the Seminoles’ dangerous pass rush. Walsh finished with 51 rushing yards and two crucial touchdowns on the ground, showing again why he was on the field to begin with, despite sub-par passing skills.
Walsh’s leg injury set him out the rest of the season, paving the way for the Daxx Garman era, subsequently followed by the Mason Rudolph era, which is obviously here to stay. The coaches and players love Walsh, who has always exhibited a stellar attitude despite all the woes that have befallen him while in Stillwater. Mike Gundy has already stated that Walsh will be included in several offensive packages this season. There is every reason to believe that those packages will include handoffs to No. 4.
He will certainly be up for the task.
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