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Oklahoma State names J.W. Walsh its starting quarterback

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Several quarterback situations around the Big 12 have come into focus after opening weekend. Here is a look at where things stand around the conference:

Oklahoma State: J.W. Walsh will start, head coach Mike Gundy announced Monday.

Walsh replaced Clint Chelf against Mississippi State after only two series and sparked the Cowboys offense in the 21-3 win. Walsh rushed for 125 yards, the most by any player in the Big 12 to start the season. The redshirt sophomore also completed 18-of-27 passes for 135 yards.

"J.W. is our quarterback now," Gundy told the Daily O'Collegian. "Clint could play, but I don't have a time frame for that and I'm not sure we ever will."

Texas Tech: Baker Mayfield is believed to have made history as the first true freshman walk-on to ever start an opening game at quarterback for an FBS team, and he was very impressive, earning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Mayfield, who threw for 413 yards and accounted for five touchdowns, would receive a scholarship as soon as possible.

With sophomore Michael Brewer (back) still out, Mayfield will start again this week against Stephen F. Austin.

Kansas State: Despite Kansas State's 24-21 loss to two-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State, head coach Bill Snyder indicated that junior-college transfer Jake Waters would remain the starter.

"Overall, he managed the ballgame reasonably well," Snyder said on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "For his first time out, I thought he did well."

Waters completed 21-of-29 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Bison.

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West Virginia: Paul Millard remains the starting quarterback, but Florida State transfer Clint Trickett will continue to work with the first-team offense in practice and could see game action.

"I still think Clint brings something to the table that (Millard) doesn't, so we will continue to rep Clint. I would expect him to continue to get better at what we're asking him to do," head coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Millard was 19-of-25 for 237 yards, while Trickett missed on both of his attempts. Holgorsen also praise Millard for his use of audibles, checking the offense into several effective runs.

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