Tag:Hubert Anyiam
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 11:18 am

Gundy doesn't expect Blackmon to return

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma State still has a lot to play for this season, but while Mike Gundy was talking to the media on Sunday night, the subject of next season came up. Particularly whether or not wide receiver Justin Blackmon would be returning to Stillwater for his senior season.

Well, Mike Gundy is no fool, he knows that he better enjoy the exploits of his receiver while he still can.

"If he wants to come back, he's certainly welcome. We will have a party," Gundy told the Tulsa World. "But I can't imagine that he would be back again. He has somewhat solidified himself as a top-five pick. If it were my son and he were a top-five pick, I would encourage him to move on."

"If somebody is looking for a wideout early in the draft. I can't imagine that he won't be the first one taken."

Blackmon is actually having a "down" year in comparison to the numbers he put up in 2010, but he's still been incredibly productive. Through 8 games he's caught 74 passes for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns. Not quite the pace he needs to match last season's totals of 111 catches for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns, but that's because the Oklahoma State offense and Brandon Weeden have been spreading the ball around a bit more.

Those numbers may improve over the final month considering the injuries Oklahoma State recently suffered in its wide receiving corps, particularly the loss of Hubert Anyiam for the season. I don't think it was a coincidence that in the game following Anyiam's injury Blackmon had his biggest game of the season, pulling in 13 passes for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns against Baylor.
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: October 25, 2011 5:53 pm

Gundy expects Blackmon to be back; Anyiam done

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There's good news and bad news on the injury report for Oklahoma State's wide receiving corps as they prepare for Baylor this week.

First, the good: after missing the second half of the Cowboys' win over Missouri with "concussion-like symptoms," All-American Justin Blackmon is expected to be cleared in time to play against the Bears. Blackmon did not practice Sunday but will be re-evaluated by doctors Monday.

“I feel good that he’ll be with us,” head coach Mike Gundy said Sunday. Gunday had stated immediately following the game that Blackmon could have re-entered the win over the Tigers, but that he was held out as a precautionary measure.

"We just didn’t see any need in risking it," Gundy said.

Obviously, having one of the nation's best wideouts back in uniform should be a huge help against the Bears. But Gundy might still the consider the bad news worse than that good news is good--senior receiver Hubert Anyiam broke a bone in his left foot vs. Missouri and will almost certainly be out for the year.

Anyiam was the Cowboy's third-leading receiver and was on his way to the best season of his prematurely-ended career, having collected 27 catches for 370 yards and three touchdowns.

 “It just breaks my heart because that kids plays so hard and is a great leader for us,” Gundy said.

As long as Blackmon remains in the lineup, the Cowboys won't exactly hurt for firepower at the receiving position. But Anyiam's injury remains a substantila blow for a team now neck-deep in the hunt for a national title.
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:47 am
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Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:45 am

Big 12 Winners And Losers: Week 8

Posted by Tom Fornelli

A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: That small town in western Texas known as Lubbock. 

It was quite the week in Lubbock. It all started with a sandstorm that blocked out the sun, and ended with a lightning delay in Norman that caused Tech fans to stay up rather late to watch their Red Raiders. Though something tells me the fact that they were able to see Texas Tech knock off Oklahoma helped clear the sand from their eyes and made everything worth it.

LOSER: Oklahoma's title hopes

Any chance that Oklahoma had to finish its season in New Orleans went on the window on Saturday night. Yes, the end of its 39-game home-winning streak has to sting a bit, but not as much as the title hopes. The good news for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma is that the Sooners can still win the Big 12, though I doubt that is going to help ease the pain from this loss over the next few days.

WINNER: Seth Doege

Seth Doege is just another in a long line of Texas Tech quarterbacks to have success in Lubbock, but I have a feeling most people didn't know his name before tonight, or how to pronounce it (it's pronounced "day-gee"). Well, they'll know it now as Doege threw for 441 yards and 4 touchdowns against an Oklahoma defense that came into the game allowing only 201 passing yards a game, and had only allowed 5 passing touchdowns all season. Not to mention that Doege led a Raider offense to 41 points and Oklahoma had only been giving up 15 points per game this season.

LOSER: Michael Hunnicutt

Make no mistake about it, Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt does not deserve the blame in this Oklahoma loss. The Sooners had plenty of other problems on offense and defense, but most people will probably remember Hunnicutt's 28-yard field goal attempt in the final minutes that bounced off the right upright. In a three-point loss, that's going to stick and make Hunnicutt an easy scapegoat.

WINNERS: Kansas State and Oklahoma State

Nobody benefits more from Oklahoma's loss than both Kansas State and Oklahoma State. They are now the only two teams in the Big 12 that are still unbeaten on the season, though both also have to face Oklahoma and each other before the season is over. Kansas State gets Oklahoma in Manhattan next weekend, and considering Saturday's loss, you can bet that the Sooners will have something to prove in that contest.

LOSER: Hubert Anyiam

Oklahoma State may have beaten Missouri on Saturday but it lost one of its playmakers in the process. Wide receiver Hubert Anyiam broke his foot making a catch in the first half and his season is over. Anyiam had surgery on the foot before the season started, and was third on the Cowboys in receiving this season with 27 catches for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns. There were more problems for Cowboys receivers on Saturday as well, as Justin Blackmon sat out the entire second half with "concussion like" symptoms, though Mike Gundy expects Blackmon to play against Baylor next week.

WINNER: The Texas A&M secondary

It's been much maligned just about all year, but the Texas A&M secondary had a very strong performance on Saturday in Ames. Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett combined to complete only 16 of 40 passes for 180 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Making the feat more impressive was the fact that A&M didn't have Coryell Judie on Saturday, though depending on who you ask, that may have been a reason why the unit fared better. I don't quite see things that way, though.

LOSER: Turner Gill's job stability

Fair or not, the calls for Gill's head are only going to grow louder following Saturday's loss. Nobody at Kansas was expecting Gill to completely turn around the program in two years, but when you consider that the Jayhawks have now been outscored 128-28 in two contests against the rival Kansas State Wildcats, Kansas fans are going to be angry. The good news for Gill is that basketball season starts soon, so hopefully the basketball team can divert the attention of Kansas fans away from failures on the football field.
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:45 am
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Posted on: September 24, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 7:41 pm

QUICK HITS: Oklahoma State 30 Texas A&M 29

Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA STATE WON. In a game that very much mirrored the 38-35 win for Oklahoma State over Texas A&M last season, the Cowboys came back from a 17-point deficit at halftime to win only the third matchup in Kyle Field history that featured two teams ranked in the top ten. Brandon Weeden threw 60 passes and finished the game with 437 yards and two touchdowns. Of Weeden's 437 yards and 47 completions, Josh Cooper, Justin Blackmon and Hubert Anyiam were on the receiving end of 31 of them for 336 yards.

HOW OKLAHOMA STATE WON. With a lot of help from the Aggies. After being stymied for the first 30 minutes on offense, and picking up only a field goal, the Cowboys came out and scored a quick touchdown on their first drive of the second half to cut the A&M lead to 20-10. Then the cavalcade of Aggie turnovers began, as Ryan Tannehill threw 2 interceptions and Kenric McNeal fumbled on three straight Texas A&M possessions. The Cowboys would use those turnovers to vault into the lead and never give it up.

WHEN OKLAHOMA STATE WON. It wasn't official until Ryan Tannehill's pass was deflected and picked off -- Tannehill's third interception of the game -- by James Thomas in the final minutes of the game. A few plays later Justin Blackmon was running out the back of the end zone -- without dropping the ball first, but more on that later -- to kill the clock and give two free points to the Aggies.

WHAT OKLAHOMA STATE WON. There is no game on Oklahoma State's schedule in any year that is bigger than its date with Oklahoma at the end of each season. With this win, the odds are pretty good that Bedlam will also serve as the de facto Big 12 championship game.

WHAT TEXAS A&M LOST. For the first 30 minutes of this game, Texas A&M was giving one of the most impressive performances I'd seen from any team in college football this season. On both offense and defense. Then halftime came and I don't know what happened in that Aggie locker room, because this was not the same team in the second half. Because of that, Texas A&M can likely say goodbye to any chance of leaving the Big 12 as the conference's defending champion.

THAT WAS CRAZY. So I saw Justin Blackmon drop two passes in this game that were catchable in my opinion. That alone is crazy enough as it is because I'm not sure Justin Blackmon drops anything. But then somethine stranger happened. Blackmon was about to waltz into the end zone for a touchdown that would have given Oklahoma State an 11-point lead, and then this happened. 

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