Monday, September 9, 2013
Player of the Week: Big 12
By Jake Trotter
Going into the season, the chase for All-Big 12 quarterback appeared to be wide open. In a sparking performance over the weekend, Oklahoma State’s J.W. Walsh showed why he could be up for consideration.
A week after taking the starting job away from Clint Chelf, Walsh shined again in the Cowboys’ 56-35 win over UTSA.
In the opener, Walsh led Oklahoma State to victory over Mississippi State with his legs. Saturday, he picked apart UTSA with his arm.
Walsh completed his first nine passes, and would have completed his first 10 have David Glidden not dropped what could have been Walsh’s third touchdown pass of the first quarter.
Walsh still set an Oklahoma State single-game completion percentage record -- previously held by Brandon Weeden -- by connecting on 24 of 27 passes, which included four touchdown passes to four different receivers.
Walsh took in another touchdown himself on a keeper, before handing the offense back to Chelf with the Cowboys leading 42-7 midway through the third quarter.
After two games, Walsh has the ninth-best QBR (quarterback rating) in the country, and ninth-best rushing total in the Big 12.
And after a rocky first half against Mississippi State, he has Oklahoma State’s prolific offense back to its usual high-scoring ways.