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Jenni Carlson: Brandon Weeden is Big 12's best in charisma

BY JENNI CARLSON Published: July 25, 2011

DALLAS — Brandon Weeden is the best in the Big 12.

Debate the league's best quarterback all you want — is it the Oklahoma State quarterback or his Oklahoma counterpart Landry Jones? — but there's no argument about the conference's most engaging personality. Even with schools sending hand-picked representatives to tout their teams at Big 12 Media Days, Weeden has no equal.

“This is what he was made to do,” Cowboy wide receiver Justin Blackmon said glancing at his tag-team partner.

Weeden was surrounded by reporters Monday afternoon but looked completely at ease. He smiled freely. He talked candidly. He sat comfortably.

The kicker — Weeden had been doing interviews almost nonstop for more than five hours.

“This, to me, is fun,” he said.

You can tell that Weeden isn't fibbing. There is excitement in his voice when he talks about playing one more year at OSU. There is wonder when he talks about playing in places like Austin or College Station.

“That's pretty cool to me,” he said.

He smiled.

“I'm living the dream, you know?”

OSU has no better spokesperson than Weeden. Not athletic director Mike Holder. Not president Burns Hargis. Not even mega-booster Boone Pickens.

All three of the Pokes' power brokers are articulate and well-spoken, but you expect them to represent the university well. They're professionals. They're seasoned. They're veterans.

Weeden is a twentysomething whose maturity never ceases to impress.

A year ago, he arrived at Media Days as an unknown.

“People were looking at my nametag wondering who I was,” he recalled.

Well, that's not entirely true. People knew he was the replacement for Zac Robinson. Weeden was the minor league pitcher turned college quarterback. The old guy.

But he wowed media types with his charisma.

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