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Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon to speak to media today following arrest on DUI complaint in Texas

Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday morning in Carrollton, Texas, on a DUI complaint.
By Brandon Chatmon and John Helsley, Staff Writers Modified: October 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm •  Published: October 26, 2010

/articleid/3508240/1/pictures/1214533">Photo - Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested early Tuesday morning on a DUI complaint. PHOTO COURTESY CARROLLTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested early Tuesday morning on a DUI complaint. PHOTO COURTESY CARROLLTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
“I would let Justin Blackmon babysit my kids. He’s a good person, made a bad decision and hopefully he will learn from this and become a better person.”

OSU officials said Tuesday they saw no immediate compliance concerns with regard to how Blackmon secured tickets to the game.

If Blackmon is suspended, the Cowboys would be without their No. 1 receiver and quarterback Brandon Weeden's “go-to” guy. Blackmon has 62 receptions for 1,112 yards and 14 touchdowns in seven games.

Clearly the OSU offense will need someone to step up.

Inside receiver Josh Cooper has proved to be solid with 36 receptions for 400 yards and one touchdown, including a nine-catch, 103-yard performance against Nebraska last Saturday.

The best hope for a threat on the outside might be Michael Harrison, who has bounced back and forth between inside receiver and outside receiver this season. The redshirt freshman had the best game of his career against Louisiana-Lafayette (four catches, 51 yards, one touchdown) but fractured a finger in that game. He returned to action against Nebraska and was listed as the starter opposite Blackmon on OSU's pre-Kansas State depth chart released on Monday.

Junior Hubert Anyiam normally would have been a candidate to become a main target, but an ankle injury has forced him to miss the Pokes' last two games. Gundy said Monday that Anyiam could practice this week but is questionable to play against Kansas State.

One option for offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen is to increase the pass catching role of running back Joseph Randle. The freshman has proved to be talented, tough and intelligent, so taking advantage of his versatility may be the Pokes' best option.

Assistant Sports Editor Ryan Sharp contributed to this story.

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Nationwide DUI arrests

Here's a small sampling of various DUI arrests of college football players in 2010. (Keep in mind every DUI arrest has different surrounding circumstances and the laws and regulations vary from state to state.)

Ricky Drake, Nevada: The kicker was suspended for the first two games of 2010 and had 50 percent of his scholarship stripped.

Michael Buchanan, Illinois: The defensive lineman was suspended for two games after a Sept. 5 arrest for DUI.

Brandon Hogan, West Virginia: The cornerback was suspended indefinitely after a mid-September arrest for DUI, his second run-in with the law in five months. He missed one game and returned against LSU on Sept. 25.

Frankie Hammond Jr., Florida: Urban Meyer took the receiver's scholarship away and he was forced to pay for this semester of school. His missed the first two games of the season before returning against Tennessee on Sept. 18.

Mossis Madu, Oklahoma: The running back missed one game after a DUI arrest during the summer.

Paying the price

Here's a look at the punishment handed out by OSU coach Mike Gundy for recent brushes with the law by current players:

Victor Johnson: The Cowboys safety played but did not start in OSU's opener against Washington State after his DUI arrest last June. He was also arrested for obstructing an officer last July. Johnson spent at least two weeks during the beginning of OSU's fall camp on a stair climbing machine before returning to practice in mid-August.

Jamie Blatnick: Blatnick missed one game after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault stemming from a fight with former Cowboy Stephen Denning in August. He spent at least three weeks on a stair climbing machine during OSU's preseason practices.

Compiled by Brandon Chatmon


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