2015 NFL DRAFT

Justin Blackmon, WR

School: Oklahoma State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Ardmore, OK
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 207 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Jaguars picks: Round 1/5 -- Justin Blackmon, WR, 6-1, 207, Oklahoma State...The Jaguars wanted Blackmon so badly they traded with Tampa Bay to move up two spots in the draft in exchange for a fourth-round pick. Blackmon's physical style of play is something the Jaguars haven't had since the days of Jimmy Smith, the franchise's all-time career leader in receptions. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Justin Blackmon and his new coach, Mike Mularkey are already thinking along the same line. Blackmon is the talented receiver from Oklahoma State that the Jaguars traded up two spots in the draft in order to select Blackmon before the St. Louis Rams could in the No. 6 spot. When asked what he liked about Blackmon, Mularkey was quick to answer. "He just has an edge to him. He has a confidence and air about him that you like receivers to have," the Jaguars coach said. "There are a lot of things I like about him. I like the way he lines up and says the guy across from me can't cover me. He's a big playmaker, a guy that can do things when the ball is in his hands and that's important in this league to have run after catch ability." When told that Mularkey made the comment that he's a receiver that thinks he can't be covered and he likes that edge, Blackmon concurred. "I would say that's so. I think that's the kind of mindset that you have to have when you're competing the way we compete. With that mindset you're always thinking about knowing no one can stop you and you can only improve. "I'm competitive, someone that likes to compete, go up and get the ball, not afraid to run across the middle. Someone that's going to give it all you've got every time you step inside the white line." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The Jaguars started out blazing, hitting their two biggest needs with two quality players in Justin Blackmon and Andre Branch. Blackmon provides the downfield threat that the team has lacked for several years now. Branch fills an equally big void as a pass-rushing defensive end. The selection of Bryan Anger in the third round was a major surprise, considering the team had so many other holes that needed to be addressed. The final three picks will provide help, but not likely as a starter. Based on the solid choices in the first two picks, this has to be considered a solid draft for the Jaguars. Had the third pick been as essential, this could have been a great draft for Jacksonville. BEST PICK: Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon: He should be the answer to the team's biggest need, that of having a quality wide receiver in the lineup. The Jaguars coveted Blackmon but were afraid he would be gone by the time of their pick. He brings a dimension to the passing game that the team sorely needed. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - "I'm a competitor, someone who likes to compete. I'm a guy who likes to go up and get the ball and I'm not afraid to go across the middle," Blackmon said. "I'm a guy who will give 100 percent every time I go out there." Blackmon is familiar with his new quarterback. Gabbert was a record-setting quarterback at Missouri for two seasons while Blackmon was making catches for Big XXII rival Oklahoma State. "He's a great competitor. I saw him several times when we played them in league play," Blackmon said. "He's a great competitor. I'm looking forward to being out there on the field with him." Jacksonville fans are too. The woeful passing game that ranked dead last in the NFL had plenty of critics, many who cried that Gabbert needed quality receivers to throw to. With the club's addition of the trio of wide receivers, what was a team weak spot could now become one of its assets. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The Jacksonville Jaguars finished last in the NFL in passing in 2011. They were determined to fix that in the offseason. Acquiring veterans Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans in free agency was a start, but no one was predicting a complete reversal in the Jaguars' passing game because of the two veterans. They might now. The Jaguars may have found the biggest missing piece to fixing their passing game when they were able to grab Justin Blackmon with the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft. It cost the Jaguars their fourth round pick in the draft, but that appeared to be a relatively small price to pay for the most talented wide receiver in this year's draft. Blackmon, the All-American receiver from Oklahoma State, caught 122 passes for the Cowboys his senior season, good for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns. By comparison, all of the Jaguars receivers in 2011 combined to catch 121 passes. Blackmon played just three seasons with OSU, red-shirting as a freshman before posting highly productive seasons as a junior (111 catches, 1,782 yards, 20 TDs) and senior. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - While Blackmon doesn't have blazing speed (4.46 in the 40) and had a tendency to veer on his routes, there's no questioning his ability to go after passes. His well-proportioned and muscular frame creates mismatches against smaller cornerbacks and his leaping ability makes it difficult for second level defenders to stop him going for the ball at its highest point. General manager Gene Smith talked highly of Blackmon in the weeks leading up to the draft. There was some doubt whether the Jaguars would go offense or defense at the end spot, as there's also a glaring need for a pass-rushing defensive end. But when the trade became available to move up to get Blackmon, Smith took the bait and got his man. "He's a competitor, he's strong to the ball and strong with the ball," Smith said. Obtaining Blackmon will likely help solidify Smith's first-round pick of Blaine Gabbert a year ago. The rookie quarterback struggled after taking over starting duties the third game of the season. But much of Gabbert's deficiencies can be attributed to the team's woeful collection of wide receivers. That's not the case anymore with the addition of Robinson and Evans and now the latest acquisition, Blackmon. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 5. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft-day trade with Tampa Bay, The Jaguars acquired the No. 5 pick from the Buccaneers in exchange for the seventh overall pick and the Jaguars' fourth-round pick (101).): WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State -- As the Vikings before them, the Jaguars made a move that should greatly benefit their second-year quarterback (Blaine Gabbert). Blackmon, a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner, had 40 career touchdowns and gives the Jaguars their first legitimate No. 1 receiver since Jimmy Smith. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 7. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State*: Blackmon answered questions about his straight-line speed by running in the low 4.4s as part of an impressive showing at his March 9 Pro Day. Scouts had some reservations about his speed but certainly can't knock the two-time defending Biletnikof Award winner's production with the Cowboys. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/09/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP WIDE RECEIVERS: *Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 207...After scoring 38 touchdowns in his final 25 games, comparisons to the gifted Dez Bryant, who he replaced at Oklahoma State, are the good and bad news. His ability is as obvious as the two Fred Biletnikoff awards he won as the top college wide receiver. But he must dedicate himself to reach his ample potential in the NFL. Like Bryant (now with Dallas), Blackmon has astonishing instincts, body control and the ability to take charge of a game. Also like Bryant, Blackmon has had some issues off the field, in fact some of them with Bryant. This is a concern for teams considering spending millions of dollars on Blackmon. In college, Blackmon replaced Bryant with a flourish in 2010, catching 111 passes for 1,782 yards -- breaking Larry Fitzgerald's record for sophomores -- and 20 touchdowns. He set an NCAA record with at least 100 yards and one touchdown in all 12 games in a season. Blackmon then added 122 catches, 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. He was devastating in the big games, grabbing five for 157, two touchdowns in the 2011 Alamo Bowl against Nebraska's Prince Amukamara (now with N.Y. Giants) and then finishing his college career with eight catches, 182 yards and touchdowns of 43, 67 and 17 yards in a 41-38 overtime win over Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. Blackmon plays faster than his clock speed and bigger, tougher than his measurements and is especially dangerous after the catch. After not running at the Scouting Combine, Blackmon clocked a 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and soared 35 inches in the vertical jump at his pro day. Off-field concerns include a DUI arrest in October, 2010 in Arlington, Texas when, not coincidentally, he went to visit Bryant and see a Cowboys game. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/06/2012 - The Dolphins have only used a first- or second-round pick on a receiver seven times in the past 30 years, no matter who was making the decisions. Mark Duper was taken with a second-round pick in 1982. Considering Duper was half of the best receiver tandem in Dolphins history that seems to be a good decision. However, keep in mind the other half, Mark Clayton, was an eighth-round pick, in 1983, selected with the draft's 250th pick. Scott Schwedes was a second-round pick in 1987. This former Syracuse standout played four seasons with the Dolphins and caught 19 passes for 370 yards, scoring two touchdowns. The Dolphins used first-round picks on Randall Hill (1991), O.J. McDuffie (1993), Yatil Green (1997) and Ted Ginn Jr. (2007). Hill and Green, two former University of Miami standouts, never lived up to expectations. McDuffie got off to a slow start, but turned in a solid nine-year career for Miami before a mismanaged turf toe injury cut his career short. The Dolphins used a second-rounder on Chris Chambers in 2001, and his career trumped McDuffie. Chambers spent seven of his 10 seasons with the Dolphins. He caught 540 passes for 7,648 yards and scored 58 touchdowns during his NFL career. Considering receiver happens to be one of Miami's biggest needs entering this month's draft due to the trade that sent Brandon Marshall to Chicago, it would be encouraging if the Dolphins used one of its early picks to address the position. - The Sports Xchange

04/03/2012 - When receiver Michael Floyd worked out at the Notre Dame pro day Tuesday, he opened up the conversation as to whether he or highly touted WR Justin Blackmon should be selected as the first receiver in this April's draft. NFL.com's Gil Brandt went on record as preferring Floyd, but other analysts disagreed. NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly would take Blackmon first, "because I think he's smoother, I think he separates on his routes better," he said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" on Tuesday. "I think (Blackmon's) hands are better," Casserly continued, "though Floyd's hands are good too. And I think his run after the catch is better there. Because he's smoother, and that's where I think that he has the edge there. It's not a great edge, but I think it is an edge." NFL Network Charles Davis agreed with Casserly, saying that Blackmon's work ethic is significant. "In talking with people close to that program ... at five o'clock, if you're supposed to be there throwing ... Justin Blackmon is ready to go at five," Davis said. "I just like the fact that Blackmon's been that number one receiver, with all coverages tilted to him, as Floyd has been, throughout his college career, and still puts up the big production, especially in big games," Davis continued. - NFL.com

04/02/2012 - Despite the general consensus among the media that Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon is viewed as the unquestioned elite talent at the position by teams, NFLDraftScout.com has received indications that at least one club has Notre Dame's Michael Floyd or Baylor's Kendall Wright as the top receiver available in the 2012 draft and that there is great disparity among club as to how many pass-catchers will ultimately be drafted in the first round. NFLDraftScout.com recently polled representatives of seven NFL teams as to this year's top receiver prospects. Five had Blackmon as the top talent at the position. Four of these five saw him as a likely top ten pick. But identifying the elite talent at the position wasn't the only way in which opinions differed. The number of receivers given first round grades by clubs also showed a startling lack of consensus. For example, one high-ranking source for a team thought likely to be considering using an early pick on a receiver indicated that his club had only one - Blackmon - graded as a first round prospect. An official for another team, however, cited five receivers - Blackmon, Floyd, Wright, LSU's Rueben Randle and Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill - as players his club had given preliminary top 32 grades. Different teams giving prospects varying grades is no surprise. To see this much disparity at this late point in the evaluation process is rare, however. Frankly, the last time I recall there being this much disagreement at the receiver position was in 2008 - when zero receivers ultimately went in the first round. Blackmon certainly won't allow history to repeat itself four years later but at least some NFL teams believe the expected run on receivers won't happen until the draft's second round rather than halfway through the first. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/09/2012 - Justin Blackmon's fast feet may have helped solidify his position as a top NFL draft prospect. It was his usually sure hands that let him down at Oklahoma State's pro day. Blackmon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds in front of dozens of NFL scouts and three head coaches. But during a workout with fellow pro prospect Brandon Weeden, the two-time All-American receiver had two passes go off his hands. Blackmon did catch two 50-yard passes from Weeden, who completed 42 of 52 passes with several of the incompletions glancing off his receivers' hands. On Thursday, Weeden had dinner with Denver Broncos executive John Elway and head coach John Fox. - AP Sports

03/09/2012 - After measuring in shorter and lighter than expected and showing a lack of explosion during receiving drills at the 2012 Scouting Combine, the pressure was on Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon to perform well at his Pro Day. It appears that he did precisely that. Former St. Louis Rams' Vice President of Player Personnel Tony Softli reported on Twitter that three separate scouts had clocked Blackmon in the low 4.4s (4.43, 4.44, 4.45) in the 40-yard dash Friday. NFLDraftScout.com confirmed the time with one of our own sources on hand, who had Blackmon at 4.45 seconds. Our source also reports that Blackmon registered a 35.5" vertical jump. While Blackmon, the reigning back to back Biletnikof winner as the nation's top wide receiver, had enjoyed a stellar career with the Cowboys there had been plenty of concern about his straight-line speed. Multiple scouts had estimated Blackmon in the mid 4.5s throughout this season and earlier in his career. The faster than expected times, by themselves, won't dramatically increase Blackmon's stock. They do, however, help assure scouts that Blackmon has the speed to continue his big playmaking ways against NFL competition and likely solidify his stock as a top 10 - or perhaps even top five - prospect. Blackmon had been rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 receiver and is our No. 5 rated prospect, overall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/09/2012 - Justin Blackmon widely was criticized when he chose not to run the 40-yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis because of a hamstring injury. Blackmon's decision placed more importance on Oklahoma State's pro day, and he certainly did not disappoint scouts when he ran Friday. NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock reported Blackmon ran unofficial times of 4.48 and 4.49 seconds at his pro day, putting to rest any concern that he'd post a slow time in the 40. Blackmon is Mayock's top-ranked wideout in April's draft. "It's a pretty good time is what it is," NFL.com personnel guru Gil Brandt said. "There's no question about that. I think people thought he'd run in the low 4.5s." - NFL.com

03/08/2012 - WR Justin Blackmon is expected to run the 40-yard dash for scouts on Friday at the OSU Pro Timing Day. Blackmon did not run for scout at the NFL combine due to a sore hamstring. Blackmon is considered to be the No. 1 WR in this year's draft class, but has had his speed questioned by scouts. - Adam Kemp, CBS Sports

02/26/2012 - While the media isn't allowed in to view most of the workouts at the Scouting Combine, a select group of media members were invited in Sunday morning to watch the quarterbacks and receivers' positional drills. With NFLDraftScout.com's top-four rated quarterbacks -- Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler -- either unwilling or unable to throw at the Combine, it was the pass-catchers rather than the passers who stole the show. This fact is all the more interesting considering that the highest regarded player at the position struggled to live up to his lofty billing. Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon entered the week as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated wide receiver and viewed as a potential top five prospect but a rather ho-hum performance Sunday morning may put his perch at the top in peril. Blackmon demonstrated the strong hands and body control Sunday that he'd used to earn back to back Biletnikof awards as the nation's top wideout but it appeared that he was limited by the hamstring injury he'd cited as the reason he wouldn't be running the 40-yard dash this week. Blackmon had to gather himself a bit when cutting and never showed the top-end speed scouts would expect of an elite prospect. The key will be how much improvement Blackmon shows when he works out for scouts at his March 7 Pro Day. If he shows improved burst during the workout on the Oklahoma State campus, scouts will likely chalk up his Combine workout as an example of a player simply being limited by injury. If he isn't more impressive, however, Baylor's Kendall Wright and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd are very much in the race to be the first receiver selected in the 2012 draft. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/24/2012 - Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon said he won't run the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine after injuring his hamstring last week. He might participate in some short routes during receiver drills, but won't do anything this week that requires "opening up" and threaten his ability to perform at the Cowboys' March 7 Pro Day. Blackmon, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated wide receiver and No. 5 prospect overall, also said he measured in at 6-feet, at least a full inch shorter than his previously listed size. That made previous comparisons to Detroit's Calvin Johnson difficult. "He's a big, physical guy and that's how I like to play," Blackmon said. In addition to his smaller than advertised size, Blackmon still has to answer questions about his straight-line speed. Blackmon said with a laugh that he'd "like to run a 4.2" in the 40-yard dash, but said he expects to run in the 4.4 or 4.5 range. "I tell (people) to look at the tape, I've never been caught from behind," Blackmon said. --Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com

02/24/2012 - Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon said he won't run the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine after injuring his hamstring last week. He might participate in some short routes during receiver drills, but won't do anything this week that requires "opening up" and threaten his ability to perform at the Cowboys' March 7 Pro Day. Blackmon, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated wide receiver and No. 5 prospect overall, also said he measured in at 6-feet, at least a full inch shorter than his previously listed size. That made previous comparisons to Detroit's Calvin Johnson difficult. "He's a big, physical guy and that's how I like to play," Blackmon said. In addition to his smaller than advertised size, Blackmon still has to answer questions about his straight-line speed. Blackmon said with a laugh that he'd "like to run a 4.2" in the 40-yard dash, but said he expects to run in the 4.4 or 4.5 range. "I tell (people) to look at the tape, I've never been caught from behind," Blackmon said. Blackmon also admitted he has some work to do on his route-running. As confident as he plays on the field, Blackmon described himself as quietly confident. Asked to explain, he dead-panned: "I don't speak much." - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 5. *Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 215, 1...This two-time winner of the Fred Biletnikoff award as the best college wide receiver must dedicate himself to reach his ample potential in the NFL. Comparisons to the gifted Dez Bryant, whom he replaced at Oklahoma State, are the good and bad news. Like Bryant (now with Dallas), Blackmon has astonishing instincts, body control and the ability to take charge of a game. Also like Bryant, Blackmon can't consistently control himself off the field, a concern for teams considering spending millions of dollars on him. In college, Blackmon replaced Bryant with a flourish, catching 111 passes for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2010 and adding 122 catches, 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. He was devastating in the big games, grabbing five for 157, two touchdowns in the 2011 Alamo Bowl against Nebraska's Prince Amukamara (now with N. Y. Giants) and then finishing his college career with eight catches, 182 yards and touchdowns of 43, 67 and 17 yards in a 41-38 overtime win over Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. Blackmon is a gamer who plays faster than his clock speed and bigger, tougher than his measurements. He is especially dangerous after the catch. Off-field concerns include a DUI arrest in October 2010 in Arlington, Texas, when, not coincidentally, he went to visit Bryant and see a Cowboys' game. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/20/2012 - NFL scouts will get the opportunity to see Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, who most rated as the elite wide receiver in the 2012 draft, participate fully in this week's Scouting Combine. NFLDraftScout.com has learned that a high ankle sprain will keep another potential first round pass-catcher from doing the same, however. Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that Blackmon plans to "do it all" in Indianapolis this week and even predicts that he'll be timed between 4.4 and 4.5 seconds when he runs the 40-yard dash. Despite Blackmon dominating the competition at the collegiate level, including winning back to back Biletnikof Awards as the nation's elite receiver, scouts have reservations about his straight-line speed. Blackmon, in fact, has been routinely estimated as a receiver with 4.55-4.60 speed by area scouts who have scouted him numerous times in person. A perceived lack of top-end speed is the one physical characteristic Blackmon would appear to be lacking when compared to receivers taken in the top six in recent years like A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson. Scouts also have some reservations about Blackmon's decision-making off the field, in large part due to an arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol in October, 2010. Blackmon was just 20 years old at the time. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/03/2012 - Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns and Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give Oklahoma State a 41-38 win over Stanford in college football's Fiesta Bowl on Monday. The teams put on an impressive offensive show in the most anticipated postseason game outside the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title matchup between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. Stanford (11-2) had a chance to win in regulation, but Jordan Williamson hooked a 35-yard field goal wide left as time expired. He also missed from 43 yards in overtime. Oklahoma State (12-1) had just 15 yards rushing on 13 carries, but Weeden made up for it, completing 29 of 42 passes and the three scores to Justin Blackmon, who had eight catches for 186 yards. It was Oklahoma State's first win in a BCS bowl game. - AP Sports

01/02/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Oklahoma State is 11-7 all-time in bowl games after posting a victory last season against Arizona in the Alamo Bowl. The Cowboys are making their ninth postseason appearance in 10 years, including their sixth in a row under seventh-year coach Mike Gundy. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Justin Blackmon is guilty of the occasional gaffe. He fumbled a ball through the end zone against Baylor and fumbled the ball into the end zone against Kansas State, spoiling opportunities for touchdowns. He can be excessive when he celebrates sometimes. Still, no one is better in traffic making difficult catches. He broke his own OSU season receptions record with 113 grabs. Blackmon is also a skilled blocker who creates outside lanes for running backs. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - Even sitting behind a table, Justin Blackmon looks the part of the nation's best receiver. Graceful and confident, Blackmon is almost coiled into the chair, appearing as if he's about to spring up to blow past a defender or power through a tackler at any moment. He's even more impressive on the field and in film. "When you watch him move, that power and strength, (it's) that one step at full speed and he can still power through things," Stanford co-defensive coordinator Jason Carver said Thursday. "He looks bigger than he is because he's so strong and so powerful." Blackmon likely will make his last appearance in an Oklahoma State uniform Monday night against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. He's already alluded to "taking the next step" and was even recognized during the Cowboys' Senior Day, so yeah, he's all but gone. Blackmon leaves as possibly the most talented receiver at a school that's had some stellar ones in recent years. Following the fast-moving footsteps of Rashaun Woods, D'Juan Woods and Dez Bryant, Blackmon has churned out yards and touchdowns in his three seasons in Stillwater. Blessed with superb physical gifts and a work ethic that's pushed him from good to great, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior has been college football's most dynamic force the past two seasons. After catching just 20 passes as a freshman in 2009, Blackmon has 224 receptions for over 3,100 yards and 35 touchdowns the past two years. - AP Sports

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, Jr., has been selected All-Big 12 Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players. - Oklahoma State football

12/08/2011 - 2011 FRED BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST (BEST WIDE RECEIVER): Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, Jr...Through 11 games this season, Blackmon's 103 receptions, 1,241 receiving yards and 15 touchdown receptions represent the highest totals in each category among the three finalists. He leads the nation in touchdown catches. With 103 receptions this season, Blackmon has now accounted for two of the three 100-reception seasons in Oklahoma State history (he had 111 receptions a year ago). Despite only being a two-year starter for the Cowboys, Blackmon's 234 career receptions place him second on OSU's all-time list. He looks to join former Texas Tech standout Michael Crabtree in becoming only the second player to win the award more than once. - Oklahoma State football

12/08/2011 - 2011 FRED BILETNIKOFF AWARD WINNER (BEST WIDE RECEIVER): Oklahoma State junior Justin Blackmon became just the second player to twice be named the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's best receiver when he won the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation's 2011 award tonight at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Blackmon, who also captured the award as a sophomore in 2010, joins former Texas Tech great Michael Crabtree as the only players in history to win the Biletnikoff Award twice. Crabtree took home the honor in 2007 and 2008. A native of Ardmore, Okla., Blackmon followed his record-setting sophomore season with another standout performance in 2011. He has recorded 113 catches for 1,336 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He ranks second nationally in receptions per game (11.82) and eighth in receiving yards per game (111.33). Blackmon, who beat out finalists Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma and Robert Woods of USC for the award, was a unanimous All-Big 12 First-Team receiver for the second-straight year in 2011, and he also became the 10th two-time All-American in OSU history. Blackmon's 113 catches this season is a school record, and he has 224 catches and 35 touchdown grabs over the last two years. He ranks second on OSU's career lists in receptions (244) and receiving yards (3,378). - Oklahoma State football

12/07/2011 - 2011 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: WR Justin Blackmon, Jr., Oklahoma St., has been selected to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. Through 11 games this season, Blackmon's 103 receptions, 1,241 receiving yards and 15 touchdown receptions represent the highest totals in each category among the three finalists. He leads the nation in touchdown catches. With 103 receptions this season, Blackmon has now accounted for two of the three 100-reception seasons in Oklahoma State history (he had 111 receptions a year ago). Despite only being a two-year starter for the Cowboys, Blackmon's 234 career receptions place him second on OSU's all-time list. - Oklahoma State football

12/07/2011 - All signs this year have indicated that Justin Blackmon will forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. The Oklahoma State star receiver once again hinted as much during a media session for the College Football Awards show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Wednesday, telling ESPN.com that he is "pretty sure" that OSU's Fiesta Bowl clash with Stanford will be his last game in a Cowboy uniform. "I think it's just time," said Blackmon, who is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. "It's that time to go. I came back last year to win a Big 12 championship, set us up for a BCS bowl and I think we did that." Blackmon's most recent comments fall in line with the talk, and actions, coming from OSU all season. Coach Mike Gundy has said multiple times this season that he would advise Blackmon to go pro because of his high draft stock. Blackmon said two weeks ago that he would "probably" enter the draft. Then, Blackmon was honored during the Senior Night festivities before OSU's 44-10 win against Bedlam rival Oklahoma. No wide receiver has dominated college football during the past two years quite like Blackmon, who has the chance to win his second Biletnikoff Award Thursday night. He ranks second in the nation in receptions (113), eighth in receiving yards (1,336) and is tied for third in touchdowns (15) this season. Blackmon is second on OSU's all-time list in career catches (244) and receiving yards (3,378). - Gina Mizell, The Oklahoman

11/07/2011 - In Mike Gundy's two decades as a quarterback, assistant and head coach at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys never climbed as high as No. 2 in The Associated Press' poll. Never did it in the 80 years before he set foot on campus, either. It didn't come easy, with a 52-45 victory over No. 17 Kansas State on Saturday night coming right down to the last play, but the Cowboys got to No. 2 for the first time in the rankings released Sunday. "I'm just proud of our team and glad that they've been able to get to this point," Gundy said. "I only hope that they can continue to focus and prepare well and fight the battle that we have every Saturday. "They've accomplished a lot, so I'm glad that people are recognizing who they are and what their achievements are." Oklahoma State was ranked No. 3 in 1984, just before Gundy took over as the starting quarterback, and got back for the first time this season behind star quarterback Brandon Weeden and All-America receiver Justin Blackmon. That tandem contributed to the Pokes' struggles with two turnovers apiece against Kansas State, but also the key late plays that kept their undefeated season and national championship hopes alive. Ranked second in the BCS standings, Oklahoma State appears to have a direct path to the BCS championship game if it can win its next three games - at Texas Tech on Saturday, at Iowa State and at home against No. 7 Oklahoma on Dec. 3 in the Bedlam rivalry game. Only LSU is ahead of the Cowboys in both the AP poll and the BCS standings. - AP Sports

10/28/2011 - Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had enough trouble convincing All-American receiver Justin Blackmon he wasn't going to get to play again after taking a shot to the head. He's hoping he won't have the same problem a week later. Gundy said he believes Blackmon will be able to play for the third-ranked Cowboys against Baylor (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) on Saturday after he was held out of the second half of last week's victory at Missouri. Oklahoma State (7-0, 4-0) will already be without another starting receiver after Hubert Anyiam suffered a season-ending foot injury a week ago. Gundy said Blackmon, the nation's top receiver last season, probably could have played after he took a blow to the head and started experiencing headaches last week. He stopped short of saying whether Blackmon had a concussion. "Back when I played, they didn't know what it was. They just put you back out there and you were OK one way or the other, which I think is wrong because nobody knew what they were back then," Gundy said. "Precautionary measures are taken now for all the right reasons." Gundy said Blackmon was eager to get back into the Missouri game and he considered taking away the Biletnikoff Award winner's helmet to make sure he didn't go back in. "Whether we'd like to admit it or not, some of those players that are really, really good, they're put together differently than normal people," Gundy said. "They don't think the same way. You just look at the history of the game. There's very few of those really good players that are just normal like we are." - AP Sports

09/15/2011 - TOP 10 MOST EXCITING PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: 6-Justin Blackmon, OK State, WR: Not the fastest receiver, the 6-1, 215-pound Blackmon plays even bigger than his frame would indicate. A former high school basketball star, he is in the mold of Michael Crabtree and Dez Bryant and just makes plays and big catches and looks unstoppable, toying with smaller DBs. His numbers in 2010 were fantastic: 111 catches, 1,782 yards and 20 TDs. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/08/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Justin Blackmon didn't score a touchdown in the opener. So what? Blackmon extended his string of 100-yard receiving games to 13, a major-college record. He finished with eight catches for 144 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Justin Blackmon - What to do for an encore is the question looming with Blackmon, who surprisingly passed up a chance to potentially go high in the NFL Draft and returned for his junior season. The Biletnikoff Award winner snagged 111 receptions for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - The combination of All-Big 12 quarterback Brandon Weeden and All-America wide receiver Justin Blackmon helped Oklahoma State enjoy a record-setting 2010. With both deciding to return for another season - this one under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken - coach Mike Gundy's team is very optimistic. The ninth-ranked Cowboys look to improve to 8-0 against Louisiana-Lafayette in Saturday night's season opener at Boone Pickens Stadium, where Mark Hudspeth will make his debut as Ragin' Cajuns coach. A first-year starter last season after playing four games the previous two, Weeden threw for a school-record 4,277 yards with 34 touchdowns to help the Cowboys finish with a share of their first Big 12 South title. Their 36-10 victory over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl gave the school a record 11 wins. In January, the 27-year-old former minor league pitcher decided to bypass the NFL draft and return to Stillwater, as did Blackmon, who set school records with 111 catches, 1,782 yards and an FBS-best 20 TDs while being named the 2010 conference player of the year. "We have one goal, and that's to win all our games next year," said Blackmon, who led the FBS last season with 148.5 receiving yards per game. "It's the same goal we've had since I've been here. We fell short this year, and next year we're going to come out and we're going to try to get it." - AP Sports

08/25/2011 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: Oklahoma State is going to score. It features one of the most explosive offenses in the country, which should only be better with QB Brandon Weeden getting another year to fire away to WR Justin Blackmon. No receiver in the country is as adept at making plays, and he often solves double teams to do so. Finding the right balance and rhythm under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who left the Jacksonville Jaguars to take over for Dana Holgorsen, should not be a problem. Monken vows not to reinvent the wheel. No need to, really. Weeden and Blackmon are not the only dangerous weapons the Cowboys possess. Competition is keen. Two proven backs, Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith, will be pushed by incoming freshman Herschel Sims. - The Sports Xchange

08/25/2011 - Although the general assumption is that WR Justin Blackmon will head to the NFL after this season, the junior is unwilling to announce those plans anytime soon. His focus is squarely on helping the Cowboys challenge for the Big 12 title. With a strong season by Oklahoma State, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year could factor into the Heisman Trophy race, though Blackmon is skeptical. "Probably like 30 touchdowns and 2,500 yards. Maybe something along that line before they give it to a receiver,'' Blackmon told The Oklahoman. The last receiver to win the award was Michigan's Desmond Howard in 1991. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, Jr, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-Big 12 Football team in voting conducted by media representatives who cover the Conference. In 2010, Blackmon became the first receiver, regardless of team, to garner Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year accolades and was also an All-Big 12 First Team selection. The 6-1 junior was a unanimous All-American last season and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. Blackmon set an NCAA record with 12-straight games with 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. He also claimed the NCAA sophomore record with 1,782 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. - Oklahoma State football

07/19/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (WR, 6-1, 215, Jr/2L, Ardmore, Okla.) became the first receiver to garner Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and was also an All-Big 12 First Team selection in 2010. The 6-1 junior was a unanimous All-American last season and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. Blackmon set an NCAA record with 12 straight games with 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. He also claimed the NCAA sophomore record with 1,782 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. - Big 12 football

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State, Junior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. Blackmon, who won last year's Biletnikoff Award for the best receiver in America as well as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year award, was a unanimous All-America honoree in 2010. He was the NCAA leader with 148.5 receiving yards per game and set NCAA records for most receiving yards by a sophomore (1,782) and most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch (12). - Oklahoma State football

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Juston Blackmon, Oklahoma State, has been selected one of 75 wide receivers from around the nation named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State and Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and goes to the top receiver in college football. Blackmon is the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner after turning in one of the best seasons in NCAA history last year. - Oklahoma State football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, WR, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Blackmon's 17 touchdown receptions already rank him No. 19 on the NCAA's single-season list. The national record is 27 by Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech. The Big 12 record is 22 by Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree in 2007. Blackmon is also closing in on a national record. The best receiving total by a sophomore is 1,672 yards by Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh in 2003. Blackmon is 242 yards shy of that total. If the Cowboys play three more games, Blackmon would need to average 80.7 yards per game to reset the NCAA mark. - Oklahoma State football

05/26/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: WR Justin Blackmon - The surprise decision by Blackmon to return for his junior season came after he passed Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald as the most productive sophomore in major-college history. Blackmon posted 100 yards receiving in all 12 games he played, an NCAA record. - The Sports Xchange

05/26/2011 - STARS OF 2011: WR Justin Blackmon - Unheralded to begin the season, Blackmon quickly emerged as a go-to man who eventually was named the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top receiver. He is adept at tight-walking the sideline and making catches in traffic, though 111 catches, 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns will be tough to duplicate. - The Sports Xchange

 
 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Jaguars picks: Round 1/5 -- Justin Blackmon, WR, 6-1, 207, Oklahoma State...The Jaguars wanted Blackmon so badly they traded with Tampa Bay to move up two spots in the draft in exchange for a fourth-round pick. Blackmon's physical style of play is something the Jaguars haven't had since the days of Jimmy Smith, the franchise's all-time career leader in receptions. - The Sports Xchange

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