September 25, 2012

Two QB conundrum?

Monday served as the main media days for both Texas and Oklahoma State. Not surprisingly, the uncertainty about who will quarterback the Cowboys when the two teams hook up for a nationally-televised game on Saturday night.

The injury Wes Lunt sustained against Louisiana is well-publicized, but his status for the Texas game is anything but well-publicized. That's by design - to a point - but there does seem to be a legitimate degree of uncertainty for OSU early in the week.

If Lunt cannot go, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh will lead the Cowboy offense. Walsh came on early in relief after Lunt went down against Louisiana and blew up for over 400 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. 73 of those yards and one score came on the ground, which is an aberration for the OSU offense over the last two-plus years. Is the fact that Texas could see two quarterbacks with different strengths an advantage for OSU? Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy said he doesn't really think so.

"I think their staff would prepare almost the same," Gundy said. "They know that we're going to run our plays. We can't wholesale change based on the quarterback. We would play to J.W.'s strengths if he was in there just like we would with Wes. They are a zone blitz, man pressure team. In the football scheme, that doesn't vary a lot based on the style of play. They're different than most teams that play a lot of zone coverage."

Texas head coach Mack Brown disagrees somewhat.

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