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OSU football notebook: Justin Blackmon's last home game?

Receiver is leaning toward declaring for the NFL Draft
by John Helsley Published: November 28, 2011

Justin Blackmon will get the senior treatment before Oklahoma State's Bedlam clash with Oklahoma.

The junior receiver will be honored with the Cowboy seniors before their final home game Saturday, Senior Day, as he's likely to enter the NFL Draft after this season. That will allow Blackmon to still partake in a special moment for college athletes, and for the fans to say thanks to Blackmon for his standout career.

“When we have a player that's in his situation, we felt like it was the right thing to do,” coach Mike Gundy said. “I hope he comes back, and we'll save a scholarship for him. But chances are, he's going to move on and play professional football, and I would hate for him to leave here without being able to walk across that field with his family one last time.”

And Blackmon is all for it.

“If I can,” he said, “yeah, I'd love to do something like that.”

Blackmon, the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, said last week that he is leaning toward turning pro. Gundy has said multiple times this season that he would advise the receiver to go to the NFL.

Blackmon has 103 catches for 1,241 yards and 15 touchdowns this season and is a Biletnikoff finalist again.


Aware of the early Saturday forecast (cold with a chance of rain) Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden said he could opt to wear gloves — including one on his throwing hand.

“I've been practicing with gloves the last few days, and I actually throw the ball better with gloves on,” Weeden said. “I throw it way better with a glove on. I spin the crap out of it.”

Kurt Warner wore gloves both indoor and outdoor while starring in the NFL. This past weekend, Detroit's Matthew Stafford and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger wore gloves on their throwing hands.

Weeden, who said he suffers from really dry hands, which can contribute to a slick ball, said the glove he's tried is a receiver's glove. But he said he'd likely only wear a glove if the weather is cold, not rainy.

Overall, he said the conditions won't be an issue.

“The wind, obviously, was blowing about 900 (mph) at Texas Tech and it wasn't an issue there,” Weeden said. “I'm not worried about it. Once you're on the field, you're worried about throwing it hard and throwing it at the receiver.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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