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OSU football: Justin Blackmon will leave as best receiver in program history

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy is a good judge. He threw passes to Hart Lee Dykes and coached Dez Bryant and Rashaun Woods
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: December 26, 2011
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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Justin Blackmon was still being asked last week if he would for sure forgo his senior season and declare for the 2012 NFL Draft. And Blackmon still would not give a definitive answer, saying he will make that announcement after the Fiesta Bowl.

“It's not official,” Blackmon said with a smile. “But hopefully I'll make a decision after this game.”

OSU, of course, would welcome Blackmon back. But all signs — being honored on Senior Day, his and OSU coach Mike Gundy's comments throughout the season — point to the No. 3 Cowboys' showdown with No. 4 Stanford being Blackmon's final game in an OSU uniform.

That means the time is right to ask this question: is Blackmon the greatest receiver in OSU history?

Gundy already has an answer.

“(Blackmon's) going to leave here as the best player,” he said on Doug Gottlieb's radio show earlier this month. And the coach has said some form of that statement several times this season.

Gundy is a good judge, since he was the one tossing Hart Lee Dykes the football when he was OSU's quarterback during the mid-80s and later coached Dez Bryant and Rashaun Woods.

All four receivers had accomplished careers — or are still having an accomplished career, in Blackmon's case. But here's how their credentials stack up:

Hart Lee Dykes, 1985-88

Dykes was a three-time All-Big Eight selection and an All-American in 1988. He ranks third all-time in school history in catches (203), receiving yards (3,171) and touchdowns (29) in an offense that had Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas in the backfield.

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