MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Had it been up to much of Oklahoma State's coaching staff, J.W. Walsh would not be the starting quarterback today when the Cowboys play West Virginia at Mountaineer Field.
In fact, he wouldn't even be on the OSU roster.
That he is is largely because of West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen.
During his one season as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator in 2010, Holgorsen went out looking for quarterbacks to run his offense in the future. When he came across Walsh in Texas, the kid just didn't seem to fit the mold.
He was largely a running quarterback.
"He's a winner,'' Holgorsen said. "He falls in the long line of Texas high school coaches' kids. Every intangible you want a quarterback to have, he has.''
That's why Holgorsen wanted Walsh and why he convinced Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy to take him out of Denton Guyer High School, where Walsh's father, John, is the head coach.
"It was just watching him win games and getting kids to rally around him,'' Holgorsen said. "You can see it on the sidelines, you can see it in practice and in games and it resulted in a whole lot of wins. I think you can take those guys and you can make their skills better. And obviously they have.''