August 20, 2009

Welcome Reception: Blackmon eager to play

Imagine, for a moment, that you're a redshirt freshman football player at Oklahoma State.

After sitting out a year, watching patiently on the sidelines, finally your turn comes around. Wanting to play well, your goal is to get out on the field immediately and hopefully start. Ideally, you'd like to make a name for yourself and become the man at your position.

In Justin Blackmon's case, being the man is out of the question, thanks to All-Galaxy wideout Dez Bryant. But, with OSU seemingly always looking for a solid second receiver to compliment the big name on the other side of the field, Blackmon has a shot at making an impact this year.

Too much to ask for a young kid who hasn't played a college down yet? Maybe, but the early returns on Blackmon suggest he'll have the ability to be a solid contributor in OSU's vaunted offense.

"I just want to go out there and do the best I can do," Blackmon said. "If I get the opportunity to have a chance to make a play, to make that play - just do everything I can to help this team. I'm sure that's what the expectations other people have of me."

A consensus All-State selection from Plainview High School in Ardmore, Blackmon was rated the No. 20 wideout prospect by SuperPrep. He had a stellar senior season, catching 61 passes for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He's hoping to let his talking to be done on the field this year, especially given what part of the state he's from. After all, south central Oklahoma is anything but Orange Country.

"Down there a lot of them are Sooner fans and they didn't really like me going to OSU," he said. "But I stick with the team and talk them down, although it's a lot against a little. Yeah it's a lot easier to talk to them when you're winning and have a good team like we do now."

And he just might have plenty to crow about back home this winter. OSU has been dubbed one of those darkhorse teams, a potential BCS party-crasher that could turn the national championship race on its side with a couple of upset wins. Without laughing, a handful of media pundits are even talking the Pokes up to the point of being 11-0 going into Thanksgiving weekend in Norman for Bedlam.

While Georgia is still on their minds, Blackmon did address playing OU undefeated.

"It's real hard not to think about it," he said. "But we are just taking it one at a time and hopefully that week we would be 11-0 going into Norman having a chance at the Big 12 championship."

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