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It's possible that OSU receiver Justin Blackmon could be better in 2011

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: March 7, 2011

/articleid/3546755/1/pictures/1378733">Photo - OSU's Justin Blackmon (81) catches the ball during Oklahoma State spring football practice at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, March 7, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU's Justin Blackmon (81) catches the ball during Oklahoma State spring football practice at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, March 7, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

So Blackmon's focus this spring will be to become a better route runner, work on the little things that could become the difference between being a good or great receiver at the next level.

“I've been working on catching the ball in air and route running,” he said. “Just all around improving my game.”

Blackmon's 2010 production was a result of unique competitiveness combined with great physical skills. He excelled thanks to his physical talents more than his technique or his attention to detail as he ran routes during his breakout season.

In other words, Justin Blackmon was a great playmaker and great receiver in 2010. This season, he's looking to become a great playmaker, great receiver and great route runner.

And in doing so, he could help eliminate any questions from NFL scouts regarding his ability once he begins playing on Sundays.

“He needs to be more precise,” Monken said. “Bend in and out of cuts and separate. And he knows that.

“He can become so much better as a route runner.”


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