IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE...
It's Brandon Pettigrew, OSU's superman against Texas Tech

By Mike Baldwin Published: September 25, 2007
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dora said colleagues in the coaches' box on the south side celebrated.

"Not me,” Fedora said. "It's relief more than excitement. All our other coaches were jumping up and thought it was great. Even after the game I was just relieved. I'm usually totally exhausted to be honest with you.”

It's those type of plays that lead to questions why Fedora doesn't get Pettigrew the ball more often.

Pettigrew hauled in a career-high seven receptions in the opener at Georgia but has had "only” four the past three games.

"We called that play four different times in that game,” Fedora said. "We thought we'd get the ball to him all four times.

"The first three times the linebacker sat on the tight end. We threw it to the (running) back and picked up 7, 9 and 8 yards. The last one they jumped the (running) back and Brandon took it the distance.”

Pettigrew's ability to take it the distance is an example why two NFL scouts, speaking anonymously, said they will be shocked if Pettigrew doesn't declare for the NFL draft next April.

One scout said Pettigrew could be one of the top tight ends to come out of college in several years.

He said it's rare when a tight end has the size (6-foot-6), power (260 pounds) and speed to be an asset as both a blocker and receiver.

"Sure, it crosses your mind,” Pettigrew said of possibly leaving a year early. "But right now I'm focusing on this football team, what it takes to help us win games. I can't really comment on that. I'm trying not to worry about all that right now.”

His future might be uncertain but his role on OSU's offense this season is clear. Pettigrew is one of several playmakers on an offense that is starting to resemble a unit that finished seven in the nation in scoring a year ago.

"So much of what we do is built around guys who like to play for the right reasons,” said coach Mike Gundy. "Would you play if you were not on scholarship? Would you put forth the effort they have to for free? That's the guys I want playing. And he would.”



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