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.