Receiver Justin Blackmon has been explosive and consistent during his redshirt sophomore season at Oklahoma State.
The Biletnikoff Award winner has a big decision ahead: Does he return to the Cowboys for his junior season or declare for the 2011 NFL Draft?
ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay lists Blackmon as one of five players who could boost their stock with a big performance in their respective bowl games. OSU faces Arizona in Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.
â€œThe Wildcats don't have a defensive back capable of staying with Blackmon,â€ McShay wrote on ESPN.com. â€œBlackmon is currently our third-ranked receiver behind (Georgia's A.J.) Green and Alabama's Julio Jones, and is on the fringe of the first round.â€
Blackmon has said he is focused on winning the Alamo Bowl then will think about his NFL future after the final game of the season.
GUYER FALLS IN TEXAS TITLE GAME
Denton Guyer, featuring three OSU commitments, including quarterback JW Walsh, suffered a 24-21 loss to Cibolo Steele in the Texas Class 5A Division II state championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Receiver Josh Stewart and defensive end Jimmy Bean join Walsh on the Pokes' commitment list.
It was a heartbreaking loss for Walsh, who threw a late interception as Guyer rallied to and win. The Army All-American completed 9 of 17 pass attempts for 91 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss. Walsh also had 18 carries for 134 yards and one touchdown.
â€œI should have known better than to throw that ball when the game is on the line,â€ Walsh told ESPN.com.
Just one week earlier, Walsh led Guyer to a comeback victory, throwing the game-winning touchdown pass with under 25 seconds remaining to beat Longview in the semifinals.
ENJOYING THE REWARD
Making a bowl game is a reward for a successful season.
The Cowboys have made a point to make sure the players consider it a reward.
â€œCoach Gundy is doing a tremendous job of making it a reward,â€ defensive coordinator Bill Young said. â€œSometimes it can be a punishment where you go out there and you practice every day and you're out there four hours and it just wears them out. We're not doing that. We're approaching it the other way.â€
The Cowboys continue to get their work in and focus on doing the things that spurred them to a 10-win regular season.
â€œWe're working as hard as we feel we need to, which is extremely hard, don't get me wrong,â€ Young said. â€œBut at the same time, we're spacing it out over days.â€