STILLWATER — Jamie Blatnick has taken another step towards returning to the football field.
The Oklahoma State defensive end pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of assault and battery on Friday and will receive a deferred sentence, according to Payne County Court documents.
The Payne County Clerk’s office confirmed to The Oklahoman on Friday afternoon that the felony charges against Blatnick would be dropped.
Blatnick was initially charged with a felony after a Aug. 31 fight with former OSU player Stephen Denning. According to the affidavit from the incident, witnesses reported that Blatnick hit Denning with a beer bottle during the altercation. Denning suffered a fractured left orbital socket and received several stitches for cuts on his eyelid and cheekbone. Denning was charged with one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer for his role in the incident.
OSU coach Mike Gundy had been steadfast in his stance that Blatnick would not play while facing a felony charge but had allowed Blatnick to resume full participation in practice with the Cowboys on Tuesday.
Blatnick’s guilty plea and deferred sentence clears the way for Gundy to make a decision on Blatnick’s status for the Sept. 4 opener against Washington State.
If he returns to the field for Cowboys at any point this season, Blatnick will provide a nice boost for OSU’s defense. The junior from Celina, Texas entered the fall as a starter at defensive end and could provide solid depth while competing with Richetti Jones for snaps along the defensive line.