Walsh Selected First-Team All-State

After narrowed a finalist for the Landry Award last week, and after leading his Guyer Wildcats into their first state title game this weekend, Oklahoma State commit J.W. Walsh can add another accolade to his senior season collection…

The 4-star senior quarterback of Denton Guyer was awarded the sole QB spot on the first-team lineup of the Texas 5A All-State Football Team, released Thursday.

J.W. Walsh finished the 2010 regular season with 2,107 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and only one interception- in addition to 869 yards on the ground with 11 rushing TDs.

Throw in his postseason numbers, and it's easy to see why he is still playing in December.

In five playoff games, Walsh threw for nearly 1,000 yards with his laser gun of an arm. He currently sits with 3,097 passing yards and 35 TDs. (Ignore his current 4 INTs. The three Walsh committed last weekend in the semifinal quickly became history after he accounted for all four of Guyer's TDs in the second half to lead his team past a Longview squad that had defeated Guyer the previous two years in the semifinal.)

Walsh enters the weekend with an accumulated 1,300 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns scored on his own.

When asked how he felt about his all-state selection, Walsh replied, "It feels great. I didn't think it would actually happen."

Why not?

"I don't know. I don't think I ever expected any of this to happen with me."

Walsh says Saturday can't come soon enough- the day he and his Wildcats will head to Cowboys Stadium to compete in their first state championship as they take on Offensive Player of the Year (RB) Malcolm Brown and Cibolo Steele.

Both teams bring 13-2 records into the 5A Division II matchup.

So what has Guyer head coach John Walsh been telling the guys this week at practices leading up to then?

"He's mainly been telling us to enjoy this because nobody gets a chance like we do now," said Walsh, "and to cherish what we have and make the most of it."

J.W. is soaking up every last second of his final high school season. Although he said he was honored to be named all-state, he said it would not mean much without a state title.

*Guyer OL Alec Willis joins Walsh on first-team, while teammates Josh Stewart (Oklahoma State commit) and Dan Kottman earn honorable mention.

Click here for complete Texas 5A all-state football team.

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