Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter and receiver Justin Blackmon were named to the AFCA Coaches' All-American team on Monday. The American Football Coaches Association has selected an All-American team since 1945.
Blackmon had 102 catches for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games this season. The redshirt sophomore averaged 9.3 receptions for 151.4 yards per game. Blackmon had five games of 10 or more catches and five games of 150 or more receiving yards this season. He had at least 100 receiving yards in every game this season.
Hunter had 261 carries for 1,516 yards and 16 touchdowns in 12 games this season. The senior from Tyler, Texas averaged 5.81 yards per carry and averaged 21.75 carries for 126.33 yards per game. Hunter had two games of 200 or more yards rushing (Washington State, Nebraska).
SPECIAL, SPECIAL TEAMS
Justin Gilbert was named Big 12 Special Teams player of the week on Monday. The Oklahoma State cornerback returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in the Cowboys 47-41 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.
Gilbert, a true freshman cornerback from Huntsville, Texas, finished with six kickoff returns for 189 yards.
Gilbert was the second straight Cowboy to be honored with special teams player of the week honors after receiver Michael Harrison earned the honor last week after blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown against Kansas.
This is the eighth time an OSU player has earned player of the week honors. Gilbert joins Harrison, Brandon Weeden (twice), Ugo Chinasa, Orie Lemon, Kendall Hunter, Justin Blackmon and Dan Bailey.
HOLGORSEN A FINALIST FOR TOP ASSISTANT
Cowboys offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen is a finalist for the Broyles Award as best assistant coach.
Holgorsen joined Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, TCU defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas and offensive coordinators Paul Chryst of Wisconsin and Greg Roman of Stanford as finalists.
The award will be presented Dec. 6 in Little Rock. Last year's winner was Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.
Oklahoma State coachÂ Mike GundyÂ seemed in good spirits during his final Sunday teleconference of the regular season. The conversation also revealed just how beat up the Pokes would have been had they advanced to the Big 12 Championship game.
Gundy said receiverÂ Justin BlackmonÂ would have been unlikely to play with his ankle injury and quarterbackÂ Brandon WeedenÂ would have been limited with his ankle injury. Gundy then stated his squad should be back to near 100 percent after two weeks.
â€œBlackmon has swelling but he'll be fine in 10 days or whatever, Weeden has a 5, 6, 7 day lateral ankle sprain,â€ Gundy said. â€œWe'll be a healthy football team in two weeks.â€
Blackmon's toughness and the understanding he could do no further damage allowed the sophomore to play. Gundy said he would not have played Blackmon if he could have injured himself even further.
â€œWe took into consideration if there was any type of future endangerment to him and there was none,â€ Gundy said. â€œOr else I wouldn't have let him on the field.â€
OSU's players will have the week off with the opportunity to be normal college students for the next seven days, no practice, no lifting, just class and studying as they will get a chance to recover from the physical toll of a Big 12 schedule.