Cowboys still in hunt for a number of awardsOklahoma State’s table at next month’s ESPNU College Football Awards show is filling up fast. Receiver Dez Bryant was invited to the show as one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award on Monday, where he will be joined by tight end Brandon Pettigrew and punter Matt Fodge. Pettigrew is a finalist for the John Mackey Award, and Fodge is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award for the nation’s best punter, along with Utah’s Louie Sakoda and West Virginia’s Pat McAfee. The award winners will be announced Dec. 11 in Orlando, Fla., on a live ESPN telecast. OSU running back Kendall Hunter did not make the finalist list for the Doak Walker Award, which consisted of Michigan State’s Javon Ringer, Iowa’s Shonn Greene and Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno.
GUNDY SAYS HUNTER OKOSU coach Mike Gundy on the health status of Hunter, who was expected to practice with the team Monday after injuring his leg at Colorado on Nov. 15: "We fully expect him to play on Saturday. We did not practice him last week. We rested him. Everybody else seems to be healthy at this point.”
THURMAN TO BE HONORED SATURDAYThurman Thomas, OSU’s all-time leading rusher, will be in attendance for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma, where he will be honored at halftime for his selection into the College Football Hall of Fame. Thomas’ official induction will take place in December in New York City. In August 2007, Thomas was selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While at OSU, Thomas was a two-time All-American and two-time Big Eight Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He rushed for 4,595 yards and 43 touchdowns in his OSU career
SOME CAREER ADVICE FOR BRADFORDGundy on OU quarterback Sam Bradford: "He’s very good. He’s very, very accurate. He actually moves a little better, in my opinion. He’s done a better job of converting third downs than he has in the past. If they’re covered, he’ll take it and run down the field, convert and get down. He’s a very good player. I’d recommend that he comes out early (for the NFL) while he has the opportunity.” By Scott Wright