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Not even Brandon Weeden's teammates saw this coming

Zac Robinson says he didn't see Brandon Weeden becoming the standout he's become. Neither did Mike Gundy. “Zac was in the same meetings I was in,” Gundy said. “He (Weeden) didn't do jack.”
by Berry Tramel Modified: November 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm •  Published: November 23, 2010

Fellow Lion Brandon Pettigrew, an OSU tight end from 2005-08, said Weeden has “got a cannon of an arm.” But all those offensive stars of OSU seasons past rarely got to see Weeden at work.

Weeden is right. It's hard to impress from the scout team. Remember, Weeden was a third-team quarterback as late as last November, when Robinson had to sit out the Colorado game with a concussion and Gundy turned to Alex Cate as his replacement.

Weeden was inserted at halftime of that near-disaster and rallied the Cowboys from an 11-point deficit to a 31-28 victory. That's when OSU found its quarterback of the future.

Back in 2008, then-OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman told Weeden, “You have a chance to be pretty good.”

Said Weeden, “So I believed it. I continued to get better.”

Cowboy defensive backs, who had to defend against Weeden's scout-team passes, raved about his arm. So there was a level of optimism even before the Colorado game, even if Gundy and Robinson hadn't seen the promise.

And now the scout-teamer could become what OSU thought Robinson might be (all-conference) and dared not dream he would be. A championship quarterback.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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Brandon Weeden's prolific passing numbers and how they compare with Sam Bradford's 2008 Heisman Trophy season through 11 games:

Player: C-A-I, Yds, Pct, TD, Sacks, QB rating

Weeden: 289-427-10, 3,780, 67.7, 30, 10, 160.54

Bradford: 238-349-6, 3,610, 68.2, 42, 11, 191.36


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