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OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden needs more than big arm to master this spread

A big arm is nice to have, but it will take more for Cowboy passers to succeed in Dana Holgorsen's offense.
By BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, Modified: August 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm •  Published: August 25, 2010

When Holgorsen saw Weeden in action, the first thing he corrected was the former Edmond Santa Fe star's footwork and stance.

"Just little things like that, that I didn't think about until he got here," Weeden said. "I'm not there yet but I can tell the difference."

The Cowboys quarterbacks work on their footwork daily in various drills designed to simulate the unnerving nature of the pocket.

"The pocket is a uncomfortable situation, you can't be content back there," Holgorsen said. "Having good feet, being able to get out of bad situations, quick release those things are more important than being able to throw the ball 70 yards downfield. It helps but I'd much rather have a guy be able to get out of bad situations and understand what we are trying to do."

Nonetheless, there will be times when Weeden's arm strength proves to be a blessing even though it's not a high priority to be successful in OSU's offense.

"I'm fortunate, I can squeeze some throws in that maybe other guys can't," Weeden said. "I try to use it to my advantage but I don't want to rely on it."