Triplets of the Big 12: Oklahoma State

Posted September 18th, 2014


Today’s triplets: Oklahoma State (we’ve already done Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State and West Virginia).

1. J.W. Walsh, QB: 113 completions in 190 attempts, for 1,333 yards, 9 TDs and 5 interceptions. He had a passer rating of 128.8, and completed 59.5 percent of his throws.

2. Desmond Roland, RB: Led the team with 176 carries for 811 yards and 13 TDs, including a long of 58 yards. Averaged 4.6 yards a carry. But keep an eye on juco transfer Tyreek Hill.


3. Jhajuan Seales, WR: Was third on the team with 39 catches for 571 yards and 3 TDs, including a 73-yarder. Again, watch Hill, who may line up at running back or receiver or both.

About the Cowboys’ triplets:

Oklahoma State fans, stop us if you’ve heard this before. Coach Mike Gundy may use more than one quarterback. If he does, it’ll be the third straight season the Cowboys have juggled who takes the snaps.

J.W. Walsh is the presumed starter. Presumed as in Gundy talks him up, then won’t say whether Walsh is the clear No. 1 on the depth chart.

Daxx Garman, a transfer from Arizona, could displace Walsh. Or maybe freshman Mason Rudolph will get the call. Last season, Walsh, whose best trait is his running ability, lost the starting job to Clint Chelf. In 2012, Gundy tried three quarterbacks, with Wes Lunt competing for playing time with Walsh and Chelf.

Gundy isn’t allowing his quarterbacks to speak to the media until after the season opener, when the Cowboys take on defending national champion Florida State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

”Our quarterback situation this year is a little different than it’s been in the past in that we vary our offensive style based on who’s in the game, because they’re different,” Gundy told reporters when training camp opened. ”And we expect that player, that style, to perform at a level where we can move the ball and score points.”

The rest of the offensive cast is undecided as well.

Look for Oklahoma State hybrid player Tyreek Hill to jazz up the offense. Hill will line up at running back or receiver. He’s a transfer from Garden City Community College and arrived with enough buzz that he was named the conference’s preseason newcomer of the year.

“He’s very fast. We’ll play him at a running back position. We’ll play him at the receiver position, and we look forward to him helping us in special teams.  We’re learning more about him each day. We feel like that he needs to touch the ball at least 15 to 20 times a game, maybe more, depending on how he fits into our system each week. But I’ve been impressed with his work ethic, his ability to come in and run track and also be part of our football team.”

Tailback Desmond Roland, the leading rusher with 811 yards in 2013, returns for his senior year.

The Cowboys lost their top two receivers from a year ago, with Josh Stewart turning pro and Tracy Moore completing his eligibility.

Sophomore Jjajuan Seales started every game at wideout last season. His 39 catches ranked third behind Stewart and Moore.

Tomorrow’s triplets: Texas Tech

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