OSU football notebook: Brandon Weeden anticipates new looks

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: August 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm •  Published: August 21, 2011

After Justin Blackmon's breakout season of a year ago, Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden figures teams will come at them with different approaches.

And Weeden welcomes it.

“Every team is going to have a game plan,” Weeden said. “But I have to guess that by halfway through the year last year, every team had a game plan for him.

“The way I look at it, we've got other weapons. There are other guys, other options. You can't take them all away at all times. Him being as good as he is, he creates things for others.”

POLL POSITION

At No. 9 in the preseason Associated Press poll, the Cowboys are in the top 10 of the rankings for the second time in three years, after also opening at No. 9 in 2009.

Those two years represent OSU's only appearances in the AP preseason top 10 in program history.

“While we are certainly appreciative of a top-10 ranking, we realize it's more a reflection of what we accomplished last year,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “This is a new year with a new team and new challenges.”

OSU is No. 8 in the coaches poll.

FURR CHARGED

LeRon Furr, who left the football team due to a lingering knee issue, was arrested Thursday and charged with two misdemeanor drug counts, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Released on a recognizance bond Friday, his arraignment is set for 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 22.

Furr, from Columbus, Ga., played in three games for the Cowboys a year ago.