For five years from 2011-2015 J.W. Walsh made an impact as the Oklahoma State quarterback.
Walsh played mostly as a part of a two quarterback system playing in 33 games for the Cowboys. In his career he threw for 3,917 yards 36 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. However, he was also able to make a dent in the Cowboys running game where he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had 25 touchdowns.
After graduation, Walsh has bounced around the college ranks working his way up the coaching tree.
He started in 2016 at TCU as a graduate assistant, the next three seasons he spent as a running backs coach at Abilene Christian and then in 2020 he was an offensive analyst at Texas.
Now he returns to his alma mater as a quality control coach.
“J.W. (Walsh) is a loyal Cowboy and a tough player that’s wanting to get in this business and as I said a few years ago, most of the people that we hire that are tied into football are going to be former players,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said.
Walsh, although not the quarterbacks coach, is doing the majority of his work with the quarterbacks. Instead of doing the fundamental work with the quarterbacks, that is the job of quarterback coach Tim Rattay, Walsh is the leadership teacher amongst the quarterback room.
“When he was here he was all about leadership and doing things the right way and a tough guy. Just somebody you wanted to follow into battle,” offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn said. “As far as getting those guys to understand how they can be more vocal, be a better leader and project themselves the right way that’s what he’s all about. He’s done a really good job, so far for us.”
Gundy said he has a list of around 27 former players who have reached out with interest to join the staff. Unfortunately there’s only a limited number of spots available on staff, but Gundy’s always looking to get them involved when they have an opening.
“My goal is to have as many former players back coaching, operations, strength and conditioning, player personnel and anything that we have available,” Gundy said. “That means that they liked being here. They want to be a part of it. That’s a good thing.”