Gundy was skeptical.
"We knew about J.W., but Dana kind of pushed the issue with him, and his relationship with Coach Walsh was really good,'' Gundy said. "From there, when we saw his tape and his history of being a winner, it didn't really take much to convince us to bring him in, but he was the one that pushed the envelope early.''
Walsh was part of a three-man quarterback rotation for the Cowboys last year, one that was prompted as much by injuries as anything else. This year, after one of those quarterbacks, Wes Lunt, transferred, Walsh beat out Clint Chelf for the starting job.
Through three games, Walsh has completed 70 percent of his 84 passes for five touchdowns, one interception and an average of 214 yards per game. Just as significantly, he is also OSU's leading rusher with 182 yards.
"The offense that we still run is the offense that [Holgorsen] brought here, even though we've tweaked it a bunch and added our own nuances over the years,'' said Walsh. "He was a character. People talk about his coaching style, but he was definitely a lot of fun to get recruited by and talk to, and I know he's a great coach.''
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