The Oklahoma State Cowboys have had plenty of injury issues this year, and now have another to add to the extensive list. Backup-turned-starting quarterback J.W. Walsh is out for the remainder of the year with a knee injury.
Oklahoma State (4-2, 2-1) is looking to defend its Big 12 title, and as Robert Whetsell of Cowboys Ride For Free points out, the Cowboys will try to keep having success while shuffling the deck.
The offense will keep rolling. OSU still controls it's own destiny in defense of its 2011 Big 12 title, and many have been clammering for the original starting QB to come back. It is no secret that he is better suited to run the offense Cowboy fans have grown accustomed to watching. He has been declared "ready to play if needed" the past two weeks, but coaches have elected to keep him out pending a decision on a possible medical redshirt for him, given the success of the backup.
Walsh was injured in the first quarter of Oklahoma's 31-10 win over Iowa State Saturday, but he still played the rest of the game and threw for 415 yards. Now, injured freshman Wes Lunt will all but have to start again, with Clint Chelf as the backup. Walsh ended the year as the seventh-ranked passer in the country.
Head coach Mike Gundy has already dealt with the losses of his starting tight end, quarterback and two receivers at different points in the season. However, the team continues to win and ranks in the top 10 in passing yards, rushing yards and scoring.