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JOHN HELSLEY Published: August 31, 2009
Are the Cowboys closer to identifying a No. 2 wide receiver, someone to relieve some of the burden for Dez Bryant?

As assumed through much of the preseason, redshirt freshman Justin Blackmon has positioned himself to be a playmaker in the Cowboy offense.

After impressing coaches on the scout team last season and again in the spring, Blackmon solidified his status as a potential breakout receiver with a strong August. At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, he offers more size and speed on the outside.

"It’s a big step,” Blackmon said. "But I think I’m ready for it.”

Blackmon is listed as a starter at wideout, along with veterans Bryant and DeMarcus Conner. Josh Cooper and Hubert Anyiam are the primary backups, with true freshmen Tracy Moore and Michael Harrison expected to play and maybe contribute heavily.

Where do the Cowboys hold their biggest advantage against the Bulldogs?

Georgia struggled against stout offenses a year ago, surrendering 38 points or more five times. Questions remain, especially in the secondary, where the Pokes figure to take some shots with Bryant and his pals.

The Bulldogs lost their best cover corner, Asher Allen, to the NFL. That leaves holdover Prince Miller and new starter Brandon Boykin at the cornerback slots. Neither — Miller is 5-8, Boykin 5-10 – has the desired size to combat Bryant, or Blackmon for that matter, although Boykin reportedly owns a 42-inch vertical leap.

How much will OSU miss tight end Brandon Pettigrew?

The big fella was a first-round draft pick and a monster run blocker, as well as a reliable receiver.


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