Stillwater News Press

September 30, 2012

3 p.m. Sports Minute: Walsh handles pressure of first college start

By Jason Elmquist
Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — Without a doubt, J.W. Walsh handled himself quite nicely in his first college football start with Saturday's 41-36 loss to Texas. Especially with him having to overcome the butterflies that come with some a momentous occasion.

"There were a bunch of nerves, but I think you have to have some nerves because it's a big stage to play on," Walsh said. "At the same time, you need to get rid of them quickly, and I think we all did that."

Considered the talent of the Texas defense,  OSU coach Mike Gundy was quite pleased with the performance of his redshirt quarterback.

"I thought J.W. played really well. Did he make some mistakes? Yes. Was he confused at times on some reads? Yes. That’s a good defensive football team," Gundy said. "I don’t know that there are that many teams in the country that will be more athletic (than Texas). There may be some.

"My point is, they have good ends, they can get pressure on you, they can run, they can play man and (Walsh) handled himself well tonight. I was very proud of his play tonight."