Justin Blackmon was held out of Oklahoma State's practice Sunday night after getting “dinged” in the head during the first half of Saturday's win against Missouri.
Coach Mike Gundy is optimistic that the Cowboys' star receiver will play against Baylor.
“I expect him to be fine,” Gundy said Sunday night. “They haven't done all those tests and things that they do — that takes place (Monday). But he (was) over here (Sunday) and walking around and he (looked) normal to me.”
Blackmon had eight catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in the first half at MU but did not play in the second half. Gundy said Blackmon's concussion tests will take place sometime Monday afternoon.
GUNDY ALWAYS IMPRESSED WITH GRIFFIN III
A visit from Baylor this Saturday means a visit from Robert Griffin III, who ranks first in the nation in passing efficiency (205.71).
But while Griffin III has had a breakout season on a national level this year, Gundy said he has always been impressed with the quarterback, dating back to Griffin's first time facing the Cowboys in 2008. In that game, he completed 15 of 27 passes for 162 yards as a true freshman.
“We didn't know a lot about him as a quarterback, but he showed up and made plays as a freshman and then got hurt (in 2009),” Gundy said. “But he was pretty impressive early in his career without having much experience, and then he's continued to get better and better.
“Every time you play those guys, you've got your hands full just dealing with him.”
BY THE NUMBERS: COWBOYS FIRST NATIONALLY IN TURNOVER MARGIN
OSU forced four more turnovers against MU and gave the ball away once, which helped the Cowboys move up to the top spot in the nation in turnover margin (2.14). The Cowboys are also tied for the national lead with 15 interceptions.
OSU also ranks third in the nation in total offense (548.57 yards per game) and second in passing offense (387.43 yards per game).
JONES HEADED TO HALL
Former Oklahoma State football coach Pat Jones will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Jones was a defensive assistant under Jimmy Johnson at OSU. Jones, a native of Little Rock, Ark., took over as Cowboys head coach in 1984, when Johnson left for the University of Miami. Jones was the first OSU coach to win 10 games in a season; the Cowboys did it three times under Jones in 1984, 1987 and 1988. Gundy and Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas played under Jones.
Before coming to Oklahoma, Jones played football at Arkansas Tech and the University of Arkansas. He also coached high school football in Arkansas.