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Replacing Brandon Pettigrew? It’ll be a group at OSU

BRANDON CHATMON Published: August 21, 2009
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STILLWATER — When Zac Robinson drops back to pass this fall, there will be no Brandon Pettigrew. No big target working the hash marks at 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, all the while serving as Robinson’s version of a 7-Eleven because, no matter what, he’s always open.

Ditto for Kendall Hunter. The Oklahoma State junior running back found plenty of room to gallop around the corner as a sophomore, thanks in large part to Pettigrew’s blocking prowess, a skill which helped him become a NFL first-round draft pick.

There is no replacing Brandon Pettigrew.

"He was a bell cow,” OSU tight ends coach Doug Meacham said. "He was a leader on the practice field and in the weight room. He did it the way you want it done.”

OSU is counting on Jamal Mosley, Wilson Youman, Justin Horton and Cooper Bassett to combine efforts while replacing Pettigrew, who finished his OSU career with 112 catches for 1,450 yards and nine touchdowns.

"As a group, there’s not much of a talent dropoff,” Robinson said. "It’ll just be more by committee. I feel good about what each of those guys can do, and they all bring something different.