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Oklahoma State football: When Dana Holgorsen met Brandon Weeden

An explosive one-season partnership in Stillwater did a lot for the careers of the former Cowboys' quarterback and his then-offensive coordinator.
by Anthony Slater Published: June 25, 2013

Without Weeden, Holgorsen likely wouldn't have ended up at OSU.

Mike Gundy has admitted as much, saying “the reason why (we hired him) is Brandon Weeden couldn't run, which is the system we had before. So we took a chance.”

And without Holgorsen's innovative attack, which spilled over into the Todd Monken era, Weeden's unearthed passing skills may have never found their way to NFL film rooms.

“I thanked him for it. I've probably thanked him for it four or five times,” Weeden said. “Because if he didn't let me sit back there and sling it 40 or 50 times a game, who knows where I'd be at right now.”

So the two will be forever intertwined and eternally grateful, despite a collaborative working relationship that didn't even last 12 months.

“It has a whole lot to do with his ability to be an outstanding quarterback more than what I did,” Holgorsen said of Weeden. “Good guy, good player and going to be successful at the next level.”

“He's had myself, Graham Harrell, Case Keenum and Geno (Smith), that's a pretty good resume,” Weeden said of Holgorsen. “He says he's been blessed and he's very appreciative. One of my favorite guys I've ever played for. A good coach and fun to be around. He's one of a kind. You'll never meet another guy like him.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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