2012 Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, Coaches
A mobile and athletic quarterback ... Has made an impression on the coaching staff with his leadership abilities ... One of three quarterbacks to start a game in 2012 ... Was 2-1 in his three starts ... Voted by the Big 12 coaches as the Big 12 freshman of the year ... His 170.11 quarterback rating last season not only led the Big 12 and ranked fourth nationally, but was also the fourth best ever by a freshman, trailing only Michael Vick of Virginia Tech, Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Rudy Carpenter of Arizona State.
2012 (Freshman): Ended the season as OSU's leader in total offense with 1,854 yards (185.4 yards per game) ... Was third on the team with seven rushing touchdowns ... Got his first career playing time against Savannah State in the season opener ... Was 13-of-21 passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns to go with 29 rushing yards ... Took over for an injured Wes Lunt six plays into the Louisiana game and helped OSU set a school record with 742 yards of total offense ... Passed for 347 yards and four scores on a 21-for-30 effort ... Also rushed for 73 yards and a TD on six carries against the Cajuns ... Led the Cowboys to a fourth-quarter comeback against Texas in his first career start, but a final-minute UT score negated the heroics ... Against the Longhorns he was 18-of-27 passing for 301 yards and two touchdowns while running for 57 yards on eight carries ...Had the biggest game of his freshman season against Iowa State with 415 passing yards (32-of-47) and a touchdown (a 74-yarder to Charlie Moore), and 46 rushing yards with a TD ... Completed the game despite a significant injury that kept him out of the next three games ... Came off the bench against Texas Tech, OU, Baylor and Purdue, and had four rushing TDs over the final three games of the regular season ... In the bowl win, he hit five of his seven passes for 86 yards, including TD passes of 37 and 16 yards ... He also had a 13-yard rush against the Boilermakers ... For the season, he had three games with more than 300 passing yards with a very healthy 13-to-3 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions ... His 170.1 passing efficiency led the Big 12 Conference and all of America's freshmen ... Finished eighth in the Big 12 in total offense (185.4 yards per game) and eighth in passing yards (156.4 yards per game) ...
High School: A national recruit who led his team to a state runner-up finish as a senior ... Ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 4 dual-threat quarterback and as the No. 77 national recruit, regardless of position as well as the nation's third most accurate passer ... That service also listed him No. 13 among all Texas seniors ... Passed for 3,200 yards as a senior and rushed for more than 1,400 yards with 35 touchdowns and just six interceptions ... An Associated Press first-team all-state selection and a SuperPrep All-American ... Ranked by that publication as the eighth-best quarterback in the country and the No. 11 player in Texas ... Scout ranked him No. 12 overall in Texas ... District MVP and a member of the prestigious Elite 11 quarterbacks ... Member of the Austin American Statesman Fab 55 ... Listed by Scout.com as America's sixth best prospect at quarterback ... A second-team member of Texas Football's Super Team ... Participated in the U.S. Army All-America game ... Landry Award finalist.
Personal: Born June 29, 1992, in Abilene ... Son of John and Amber Walsh ... Participated in track in high school ... Plans to major in education ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Dad played college football at McMurray University and is the head coach at Denton Guyer ... Mom was a basketball player at Cisco Junior College.