Surgery Will Sideline J.W. Walsh

Oklahoma City television sports director Bob Barry Jr. is reporting that Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh, who started the first two games of the season, had surgery earlier today for an ankle/foot injury suffered in last Saturday's win over Missouri State. The KFOR-TV sports director also reported that Walsh will miss 6-8 weeks of action.

We had reported here at GoPokes that the injury was soft tissue (ligament/tendon) in nature and not a broken bone as was reported by several sources as early as Sunday.

We also had speculated it was our opinion that Daxx Garman, who came in and quarterbacked the Cowboys the final three plus quarters in the contest, would be the starter this week against UTSA. We still would stand by with those facts.

Walsh is a junior out of Denton (Guyer), Texas that has a 7-3 record as a starting quarterback, not including two wins in which he came in like Garman did last week in long relief. Walsh injured his kneecap as a redshirt freshman and was expected to miss the rest of that season but returned in four weeks and played as a short-yardage and goal-line specialist at quarterback.

Garman is a junior that prior to last Saturday had not played in a collegiate game after attending Arizona and then transferring to Oklahoma State. His last real game action had come in his junior season in high school at Jones, Okla., back in the fall of 2009.

If Walsh is out as reported by Barry Jr. and KFOR then true freshman Mason Rudolph, who led Rock Hill Northwestern to a state championship in South Carolina last season while posting record numbers including 64 touchdown passes thrown to just 8 interceptions, would become the back up to Garman.

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