Gundy Says Cowboys Are Moving Forward

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy did not wait for the media to ask the question at his weekly news conference Monday, jumping right in while being proactive in his assessment of the injury situation with starting quarterback J.W. Walsh. Walsh limped off the field on Saturday after the third offensive series in the 40-23 win over Missouri State.

That series ended with a short touchdown run on fourth-and-one by running back Rennie Childs. Two plays before the touchdown Walsh kept the ball on a zone read option and Missouri State linebacker Andrew Biesel rolled over his foot with all his weight as the foot and ankle were in an awkward position.

Walsh was down for the day. After going to the locker room for X-rays, he returned to the field on crutches, first with the foot wrapped with ice and then in the second half with a boot immobilizer.

Daxx Garman came in for Walsh, and shaking off nearly five years of rust from playing in a real game. Garman completed 16-of-26 passing for 244 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The 6-2, 205-pound Garman had last played in a real game during his junior year in high school at Jones, Okla. His trail went through Southlake Carroll in Texas, where he sat out having been ruled ineligible. He was on scholarship at Arizona, but transferred after a coaching change and has been at Oklahoma State since.

"I know there will be a lot of talk about J.W., but as always we do not answer any question on injuries, myself or the coaches or the players," Gundy said introducing the anticipated main topic of the news conference.

"He is really being evaluated this afternoon, unlike some of the speculation that he has already been diagnosed with a certain injury. They must have more information than I do because we are supposed to find out about six o'clock tonight exactly the extent of his injury."

That is consistent with the information I have received right down to the added tests on Monday, including a CT scan, which could have possibly led to the better news Gundy said he received around noon. Walsh was scheduled for the additional tests on Monday after previous X-rays had been negative.

"Our plan is for him to take his boot off to see where he is at on Tuesday," Gundy explained. "I do know from information that I got today at noon that it is not as severe as was originally thought. So we will move forward from there.

"We've had to use multiple quarterbacks a number of years since I've been here and we expect those quarterbacks to make plays and move the ball and score points. We'll move forward."

They will move forward with it being in the Cowboys best interest that UTSA not know who will play as the three Cowboys quarterbacks, including freshman Mason Rudolph, have slightly different or dramatically different skill sets that could cause change in how a defense would prepare for Oklahoma State based on who would be playing and running the offense.


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