STILLWATER — Everyone knows Dez Bryant by now, but no one knows who Oklahoma State’s No. 2 receiving option will be in 2009. Consider Justin Blackmon officially entered in the competition.
After redshirting last fall, Blackmon is working his way toward some meaningful playing time for the Cowboys, who are waiting for another play-making receiver to step into the picture. Blackmon could be the guy. On one hand, that’s no surprise to coach Mike Gundy, but on the other hand, it is. From the second Blackmon got to campus, Gundy knew he had the physical tools to play. "You never know how a young player is gonna react when they say, ‘OK, you’re in. Let’s make a play,’ ” Gundy said. "Now, he’s making plays. He’s showing signs of producing early in his career. "I think he’s got a good temperament, I know he’s got a great attitude, and it’s important to him. Generally, when you have a guy that has those three ingredients, it’s gonna be a good mixture.” It’s only spring practice, and Blackmon has never taken a live snap in a Big 12 Conference football game, but the three-star recruit from the small school tucked away in Ardmore is showing he can make the leap to major-college football. Plainview went 12-1, reaching the state semifinals in 2007 with Blackmon anchoring the offense.