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Latest generation of Cowboy triplets tearing it up at Oklahoma State

While not yet on the level of the triplet sets that preceded them, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Kendall Hunter are starting to get recognized as the next generation of standout football players for the Cowboys.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: October 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm •  Published: October 12, 2010

Maybe there's something in the water at Oklahoma State. Must be something, to create such a fertile ground for triplets.

Because triplets — football triplets — seem to be arriving in Stillwater at a rather regular occurrence.

It started with Barry Sanders, Mike Gundy and Hart Lee Dykes.

Returned with Rashaun Woods, Tatum Bell and Josh Fields.

And again with Zac Robinson, Kendall Hunter and Dez Bryant.

"Following OSU growing up, those guys are staples," said Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden. "You still hear about them on a daily basis when you're around here."

Talk is already turning to the next trio. And forget Generation Next, the Cowboys may be presenting Generation Now:

Weeden, Hunter and Justin Blackmon.

"Could be," Blackmon said, "we'll see."

So far, seeing is believing.

All three rank among the nation's top five in the three main categories: rushing yards per game, passing yards per game and receiving yards per game.

Only one other school, Hawaii, has three players in the top 10 of those lists, and that trio is passing skewed, with a quarterback and two receivers high in the rankings. Otherwise, only Arizona and Texas A&M claim as many as two players among any of the three top 10s.

"Those guys are as exciting as anybody to watch," Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey said of his teammates. "I know I enjoy watching them on the sidelines.

"I definitely think they fit the bill as triplets. It's only been five games, but it should be an exciting next seven games to see what they can do."

Time will ultimately tell if these Cowboys belong among OSU's all-time triplets. The sample size is small and the opposition was found lacking.

"If we keep doing what we're doing, that would be a good title to have," Weeden said. "Just being mentioned in that category is mind-boggling. It's exciting."

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Big 12 triplets

How the Big 12's top trios compare statistically to the nation. Each player listed with their national ranking in that category and per-game average:

Rush, Avg.; Pass, Avg; Rec, Avg.

Oklahoma State 5. Kendall Hunter, 140.0; 4. Brandon Weeden, 322.0; 1. Justin Blackmon, 149.6

Oklahoma 18. DeMarco Murray, 110.2; 11. Landry Jones, 291.4; 8. Ryan Broyles, 103.6

Texas A&M 25. Christine Michael, 101.4; 8. Jerrod Johnson, 297.2; 9. Jeff Fuller, 100.6

Baylor NR Jay Finley, 50.7; 12. Robert Griffin III, 289.2; 42. Kendall Wright, 74.8

Texas Tech NR Barron Batch, 55.2; 3. Taylor Potts, 329.8; 16. Lyle Leong, 92.2

Missouri NR Henry Josey, 45.2; 30. Blaine Gabbert, 246.0; 11. T.J. Moe, 95.8

Iowa State 59. Alexander Robinson, 74.8; 79. Austen Arnaud, 159.7; NR Collin Franklin, 46.5

Texas NR Fozzy Whitaker, 46.8; 39. Garrett Gilbert, 230.2; 94. James Kirkendoll, 57.6

The nation's top triplets

OSU is the only school with a player in the top five – top 15 even – of the rushing, passing and receiving rankings. Hawaii offers a different take on the triplets, with a passer and two wide receivers among the nation's top five, but no one anywhere in the NCAA's rushing rankings, which extend 100 deep.

How the top trios rank nationally:

Rush, Avg.; Pass, Avg; Rec, Avg.

OSU 5. Kendall Hunter, 140.0; 4. Brandon Weeden, 322.0; 1. Justin Blackmon, 149.6

Hawaii NR Team, 75.0; 1. Bryant Moniz, 374.2; 2. Greg Salas, 126.2 and 4. Kealoha Pilares, 121

Oklahoma 18. DeMarco Murray, 110.2; 11. Landry Jones, 291.4; 8. Ryan Broyles, 103.6

Texas A&M 25. Christine Michael, 101.4; 8. Jerrod Johnson, 297.2; 9. Jeff Fuller, 100.6

Arizona NR Nic Grigsby, 54.8; 5. Nick Foles, 305.8; 7. Juron Criner, 106.2

Duke 99. Desmond Scott, 58.2; 10. Sean Renfree, 292.8; 5. Connor Vernon, 109.6

Boise St. 31. Doug Martin, 95.2; 20. Kellen Moore, 267.2; 13. Titus Young, 95.2

South Carolina 35. Marcus Lattimore, 91.8; 67. Stephen Garcia, 188.8; 3. Alshon Jeffery, 125.0

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