OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy praises Brandon Weeden's leadership

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: January 15, 2011
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Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has made a considerable jump from No. 3 quarterback to all-conference in one year. After spending 2009 as the Pokes' third-string signal caller, Weeden earned his first collegiate start in 2010 and promptly led OSU to its first 11-win season in school history.


“When we got a system that fit what he does, he's pretty good, he's pretty special,” coach Mike Gundy said. “Brandon Weeden has a lot of heart, he's very mature, he's as good a leader as I've been around. Zac Robinson was a great leader, but so is Weeden, he's more of a quiet leader.”

Most importantly for the Pokes, Weeden improved game-by-game as the season went on, which makes OSU's prospects for 2011 even brighter.

“His mental part of the game was so much better in (the final two months) than it was in the first four games,” Gundy said.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

The decisions of Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon to return to OSU for the 2011 season continued a recent trend in Stillwater. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew and offensive tackle Russell Okung each decided to return to OSU for another season before eventually becoming NFL first-round draft picks.

“Pettigrew, Russell and now these two guys have decided to stay,” Gundy said. “I think it relates back to our daily operation here. It's moving in the right direction, and because of that, these guys are willing to stay.”

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