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Brandon Weeden's Heisman campaign gets a boost in OSU's win over Texas A&M

BY GINA MIZELL Modified: September 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm •  Published: September 25, 2011

ESPN nominated Weeden for the All-America Player of the Week, and Lou Holtz gave Weeden a helmet sticker on the network's College GameDay Final show Saturday night. Sunday, he was named the Walter Camp Player of the Week, a Manning Award Star of the Week and the National Player of the Week.

Because of Weeden's age — he turns 28 next month — and clear maturity, sometimes it's easy to forget that this is only his second year running the Cowboy offense.

Weeden admitted to coaches that last year he was nervous before the A&M game. On Saturday, he was the one in the locker room urging his teammates to remember last year's comeback win against the Aggies and making them believe they could do it again.

He's confident and comfortable, both as a player and a leader.

So confident and comfortable that he realizes when he can afford to take a risk.

Forget about Weeden's six interceptions through four games. He knows he has the wiggle room to take a shot against teams like Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulsa. Against teams like A&M, he knows he does not.

The result? Zero picks. And a record-breaking performance.

Weeden is on pace to finish with more than 5,000 yards this season, which would set another OSU record and make him the school's all-time passing leader.

There's no reason to believe he will not get there with his ability and the amount of talent around him. Weeden made a slew of big-time throws on Saturday, but he also got a fair amount of help from his wide receivers, who took many bubble screens and short passes and turned them into big gains.

And now Weeden has the Heisman platform of quarterbacking the No. 5 team in the nation that has already notched a signature win on the road — a win the Cowboys would not have captured without their signal-caller.

The list of Heisman contenders is already crowded with quarterbacks. Stanford's Andrew Luck and Boise State's Kellen Moore came in with preseason buzz. And Weeden faces stiff competition in his own conference in Oklahoma's Landry Jones, an early Heisman favorite, and Baylor's Robert Griffin III, who has also gotten off to a fantastic start.

But Weeden absolutely deserves to be in the discussion for the award — especially if he keeps performing at his best against the best.