Justin Blackmon boasts speed to kill; just check with enemy defensive backs from the 2010 football season.
The Oklahoma State wide receiver's fingers, however — despite his hands being a major asset — not so speedy. Not yet, anyway, although his reputation for hard work leaves the possibility for rapid improvement more than a possibility.
Blackmon was rather pedestrian on the keyboard Thursday, taking a shot at a live chat with Cowboys fans via Facebook and Twitter in a foray into social media that OSU plans to use more in the future to market its stars.
Brandon Weeden chats today (on Facebook and Twitter @Weeden2Blackmon). And more appearances will follow.
OSU's media relations department likes the idea of their Chatty Cowboys connecting with fans in a whole new way.
Blackmon, scrambling to keep up with an array of questions from both forums, said he enjoyed the chat debut.
“It went good,” he said. “I had a lot of fun answering questions. Really, I didn't know what to expect. I've never done anything like this. I'm not a big Facebook or Twitter user myself.
“But it was fun. It was enjoyable. And I liked that people came out and supported it.”
And there was a nugget from Thursday's chat. Blackmon's game day nutritional secret: a lot of bacon.
“I wouldn't say it's a secret, but that's what I like to eat,” he said.
The Twitter page @Weeden2Blackmon had picked up more than 1,100 followers by midday Thursday. And the number was growing. On Facebook, Weeden2Blackmon had 2,400-plus “likes.”
While only dabbling in Twitter to begin with, Blackmon has picked up his activity level lately.
“It's definitely something you can get hooked on, once you figure out what you're doing,” Blackmon said. “It's a chance to communicate with people that you wouldn't normally communicate with.”
Don't fret, Cowboys fans, Blackmon said he'll behave himself while tweeting. You can be sure that OSU coach Mike Gundy has established some ground rules.
“I wouldn't say rules,” Blackmon said, “but we know the ins and outs of Twitter. We know what to say and what not to say, what needs to be put out there.”
And don't think Blackmon is just spending the summer sampling the latest clever thoughts of Weeden or the Thunder's Nate Robinson or Ocho Cinco or LeBron James.
Blackmon, who took a major leap all the way to the Biletnikoff Award with a strong offseason a year ago, maintains a work ethic that Cowboys coaches hold as a golden example.
“Just been working out through the month of May and into June,” he said, “trying to do things right in the offseason to get ready for the season.”
And according to Blackmon, that approach is spreading.
“You can tell by the people who are here and working out,” he said. “You can tell the atmosphere is they want to be here and they're trying to get better. More and more people are starting to buy in each year. You can see it happening.
“We have a lot of players who want to be here and who are showing up and working hard this summer.”