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OSU defensive end Jamie Blatnick cited for assault and battery

Former Cowboys lineman Stephen Denning injured in bar fight
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Modified: August 2, 2010 at 6:22 pm •  Published: August 1, 2010
STILLWATER — Jamie Blatnick, one of Oklahoma State's three player representatives at last week's Big 12 Media Days, has been cited for felony aggravated assault and battery following an alleged fight with a former teammate inside a Stillwater bar.

According to a news release issued by the Stillwater Police Department, witnesses told officers that Blatnick fought with former Cowboy Stephen Denning inside J.R. Murphy's, a club located at 306 S. Washington, starting the scuffle by striking Denning in the face with a beer bottle.

Blatnick, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound junior, is projected as a starting defensive end after totaling 28 tackles as a part-time starter a year ago. He was chosen to join quarterback Brandon Weeden and linebacker Orie Lemon in representing the Cowboys at the Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday in Irving, Texas.

OSU coach Mike Gundy was unavailable for comment late Sunday night.

Denning, a former offensive lineman who completed his eligibility in 2008 and graduated this year, was taken by police officers to the hospital, where he was treated for a fractured orbital socket.

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