The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Sports

October 27, 2012

OSU still uncertain about QB for TCU

STILLWATER, Okla. — J.W. Walsh is done playing for Oklahoma State this season. His inspiring final performance could have a lasting impact, though.

Walsh played the final 31⁄2 quarters of the Cowboys’ 31-10 win against Iowa State last weekend with an injured knee, running for a touchdown, maneuvering past defenders and throwing for a career-best 415 yards despite being hurt.

 When his teammates arrived the next day to find him on crutches and out for the season because of the injury he’d been playing through, coach Mike Gundy made sure to recognize his sacrifice.

“In order for our organization, our team, to continue to get better, the overall concept has to be unselfish football, the team, and to do whatever it takes within reason,” Gundy said. “We’ve had guys that couldn’t compete. ... He wasn’t unstable, but had an enormous amount of pain. He continued to fight through it, and I made an example of that with the team.

“When you’re young, those are things you have to learn. It’s the greatest game there is for life lessons because there’s pain in our lives at times and we have to fight through it. It may not be all physical. It may be mental.”

Walsh was one of three players who were lost for the season during last week’s win, along with tight end Justin Horton and C.J. Curry. The Cowboys (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) have had five players suffer season-ending injuries already, and numerous others have missed time, but they still control their Big 12 destiny heading into today’s game against TCU (5-2, 2-2).

Gundy held out hope Wes Lunt, who opened the season as the starting quarterback before his own knee injury thrust Walsh into the role, would be able to return to face the Horned Frogs. If not, it would be third-stringer Clint Chelf of Enid who gets the call.

“Whoever gives us the best chance to win,” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “Does Clint run with the same fever as J.W.? No. You have decide if you like the way we are moving and is Wes ready? Those are the things we have to determine this week.”

TCU has been dealing with its own instability at quarterback, with Trevone Boykin taking over after Casey Pachall was suspended indefinitely following a 4-0 start. Boykin has gone 1-2 as the starter, sandwiching a superb game in a win at Baylor between the program’s first consecutive home losses in the same season since 1998.

“We’re excited about where we’re at. We’d rather not be 2-2, but I think we’re seven, eight, maybe nine plays away from being 7-0,” coach Gary Patterson said.

A good number of those plays fall into the turnover category. The Frogs have committed eight turnovers in their two losses with Boykin at quarterback, including five interceptions by him. He accounted for five touchdowns with no turnovers in the victory at Baylor.

“He’s doing a fantastic job. It doesn’t matter if he’s a freshman or a senior, if he’s played one game or 20 games. He’s got to step up and make plays, and he’s done a great job doing that,” guard Eric Tausch said. “You couldn’t ask for a better job than what he’s done.”

The Cowboys had been tinkering with their offense to tailor it more toward Walsh’s running ability instead of Lunt’s tendency to be a drop-back passer. Now, it could be a reversal if Lunt’s able to return or less so if Chelf gets his first career start after backing up Brandon Weeden the past two seasons.

“We’re concerned about it because you can’t have so many plays you’re not good at any of them,” Gundy said. “They’re two different styles of players, but we have to have enough of both based on who we feel like ... gives us the best chance of success.”

Lunt returned to practice a couple weeks ago and Gundy has said he was able to play if needed in the previous two games. Even with the changes so far this season, the Cowboys lead the nation with 605 yards per game — 23 more than any other team.

“This week, whether we move the ball or not, it won’t be because of Wes Lunt or Clint Chelf,” Monken said. “Those guys are good enough for us to move the ball and score points.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Moving In? Indoor football coming back to Enid?

    Oklahoma City businessman Antwone Taulton and Enid Enforcers manager Mark Timberlake are in the early stages of a plan they hope will see the return of arena football in 2015 to Enid after an absence of more than 10 years. And if things progress as one league executive expects, an official announcement could be forthcoming in the near future.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Morris Claiborne Claiborne wants to prove worth to Dallas

    Morris Claiborne had already told reporters he was ready to prove he was worthy of Dallas’ dramatic move up the draft board to get him with the sixth overall pick in 2012. He didn’t waste any time showing some urgency.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tim Tebow NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports’ governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn’t go nearly far enough.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Attorney: OU's Mixon acted in self defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon said the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 29, 2014

  • OSU no longer faces APR restrictions

    NCAA officials say Oklahoma State’s football program no longer faces restrictions for the upcoming school year because its Academic Progress Rate has been amended.

    July 29, 2014

  • Radio-TV for 7-30-14

    July 29, 2014

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Rice's punishment hardly fit the crime

    Two games, just over 12 percent of the 16-game regular season. Two games for hitting a woman hard enough to knock her out cold.
    Rice said Monday he will not appeal his suspension, which could wind up costing him $529,411 in fines and salary. And why wouldn’t he? He must feel like he got off scot-free.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SamBradfordpicturejpeg Bradford used to being at 'career crossroads'

    It’s become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford.
    Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he’s supposedly at a career crossroads.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • TU wins C-USA academic honor

    The University of Tulsa earned the 2013-14 Conference USA Institutional Excellence award by posting the highest grade point average during the 2013-14 academic year for all student athletes in conference-sponsored athletes, the school announced on Monday.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hixon added to West All-State football team

    July 28, 2014

Click here for NASCAR headlines
Sports Photos


Enid News & Eagle sports photos from the month of February 2014. Enjoy all the ENE photos with full access at http://enidnews.smugmug.com.