2017 NFL Draft

Brandon Weeden, QB

School: Oklahoma State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Edmond, OK
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 221 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Browns' drafts: Round 1/22 - Brandon Weeden, QB, 6-4, 221, Oklahoma State...Weeden is expected to start immediately. He might have been able available in the second round, but the Browns did not want to risk another team drafting him. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Quarterback success in college doesn't always translate into NFL success - McCoy at Texas was the winningest quarterback in college history at 45-8 - but Weeden threw 34 touchdown passes in 2010 and 37 last fall. He totaled 26 interceptions over the two seasons. "I was hoping this would happen," Weeden said in a conference call. "I've been through a draft before, so you never know what's going to happen. When I went through the baseball draft I talked to every team but the New York Yankees and the Yankees drafted me. "I was sitting by the phone when Mr. Heckert called. It was the call of a lifetime. I'm going to do everything in my power to be a better quarterback and win as many games as possible." The quarterback chase for the Browns this offseason was a long one. They tried to trade up to the second spot so they could draft Robert Griffin III but were outbid by the Redskins. They showed no interest in free agent quarterback Matt Flynn, who ended up signing with the Seahawks. For the last month the Browns have been building up McCoy, saying they were going to get him a better supporting cast. Now that supporting cast - to be strengthened more Friday and Saturday - will likely be supporting Weeden. "We feel he can do all the things we expect a quarterback to do," Shurmur said. "He executes mostly from the pocket but he throws well on the run. If he can't get yards, make the throw or throw the ball away. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta): QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State -- As promised to incumbent Colt McCoy, competition will be in training camp in the form of 28-year-old Weeden, a former minor league baseball player who played in a similar-style offense at OSU. His age and shoulder issues could be lingering concerns. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - At noon Eastern at the team's Berea headquarters Friday, it was not certain yet how many teams have checked in with Cleveland officials about the price tag for third-year veteran quarterback Colt McCoy, but the team did acknowledge that no club had yet "entered into substantive discussions" about a deal. If the Browns indeed trade McCoy, it might not happen until Saturday and the compensation would be modest for teams looking at paying backup prices for what even Cleveland apparently concedes is a No. 2 quarterback. Browns' officials emphasized to The Sports Xchange, as has been reported by some other media outlets, that McCoy has not requested a trade. In fact, McCoy has indicated to team officials his preference for remaining with the club and competing with Weeden for the starting job in training camp. The 22nd overall choice on Thursday night, Weeden is 28 and will turn 29 in October. He is more than three years older than McCoy and, because of his advanced age, the perception is that the Browns will have to start him as a rookie. But first, though, the club has to decide what to do with McCoy, and that might be easier said than done. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - "We're always looking for bigger, stronger, faster guys. A taller guy can sometimes see a little better. A quarterback does have to be able to take a little bit of a pounding. They all get hit." Weeden is 6-foot-3, 221 pounds. McCoy is listed as 6-foot-1, 215 pounds. McCoy missed part of 2010 with a sprained ankle and the last three games of 2011 with a sprained ankle. McCoy might be traded before the draft ends, but for now he and Weeden will compete for the starting job. "I haven't even stepped foot in Cleveland, so I can't answer that question," Weeden said. "I think the Browns feel good about me as a player. It's still kind of overwhelming. I promise I'm going to leave it all on the field and be the best player I can possibly be." Richardson and Weeden were among the first draft eligible players to visit the Browns this spring. They were together at dinner with the Browns brain trust on a Sunday night about three weeks ago. Now the plan is for them to spend their Sundays together for years and years to come. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The Cleveland Browns said Thursday night they are actively shopping quarterback Colt McCoy after drafting Brandon Weeden with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL Draft. General Manager Tom Heckert said Weeden was drafted to be the starter and the organization would discuss trading Colt McCoy today, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "Eventually (Weeden's) going to be a starter for us," Heckert said. "That's what we drafted him for." The Browns began overhauling their offense Thursday when the moved up to the No. 3 pick and drafted Alabama running back Trent Richardson. They took Weeden from Oklahoma State 19 picks later. "We think he's going to project into being an outstanding NFL quarterback and we were able to see that in the way he competed in college," Browns coach Pat Schumur said. "We felt he was going to make us and the position better." - Jeff Reynolds, NFLDraftScout.com

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 221...Weeden proved he knows how to call his own plays when he rejected the NFL's offer to attend the draft in New York. Great call considering how humiliating it was in New York for some previous quarterbacks who squirmed on camera until their names were called later than some expected, such as Aaron Rodgers (24th) and Brady Quinn (22nd). Weeden is rated by most as a second-round prospect, but some scouts believe at least one team may try to steal him in the first. Regardless, he will watch from his parents' home. Weeden certainly has the physical ability to be a pro QB, but he is 28 years old and damaged goods after pitching five years (2002-2006) in the minors for the Yankees, Dodgers and Royals. Weeden pitched 374 innings with a 19-26 record and 5.02 ERA. More significantly, he left baseball because of a torn labrum and tendinitis in the rotator cuff of his throwing arm and did not have surgery. Instead, he redshirted at Oklahoma State in 2007, played little the next two years, then did so well the past two years pro scouts couldn't ignore him regardless of his age. His demeanor reflects advanced maturity, and that was obvious in his pro day. But he is not a vociferous team leader and often has too much confidence in his arm. He needs to improve pocket awareness and stepping up. Weeden sometimes negates his height with a three-quarters, sidearm delivery that might have concerned right-handed batters, but is ripe for an alert defender to bat down. He looks excellent when his timing is on, but sails wild pitches off his back foot when things break down. Weeden ruptured a tendon in his right thumb the first game of 2010 but played through the injury. Most of all, his production was too gaudy to overlook. In little more than two seasons he completed 766 of 1,102 passes (69.5 percent) for 9,260 yards, 75 touchdowns and 27 interceptions (157.7 passer rating). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/23/2012 - Brandon Weeden will be drafted this week later than he would have been had savvy pro scouts not discovered that Weeden was born in 1983 and is older than Ryan Braun, Kendrick Perkins and D'Juan Woods. Weeden is 28 years old and yet to join an NFL team, which drops him down the draft list and lands him in mighty good company. Roger Staubach was 27 before he joined the men who wear the star. In 1964, the Dallas Cowboys used a 10th-round draft pick to take Staubach, a Heisman Trophy winner who faced a five-year commitment with the U.S. Navy, for whose academy he starred as a collegian. That pick actually was the 129th overall, so it would be late fourth round these days. And it turned out OK for the Cowboys, provided you're fine with two Super Bowl titles, 11 playoff victories and a Hall of Fame career, which Staubach delivered even though he had made just four NFL starts by age 29. - Berry Tramel, News Oklahoma

04/05/2012 - Brandon Weeden passed on a chance to attend the NFL draft in New York, choosing instead to find out his future from the comfort of his parents' home in Edmond. The Oklahoma State quarterback is being projected as a possible late first- or second-round pick. He received an official invite to the draft from the NFL last week, but the thought of spending a night - or more - backstage at Radio City Music Hall waiting for his name to be called wasn't appealing. "I really contemplated going," he said. "I hope to go in the first round, but there are a lot of unknowns." Through the years, several high-profile quarterbacks have become the story of the draft because of when they weren't drafted. Aaron Rodgers was perhaps the most famous draft day slider. San Francisco considered taking him first overall out of California, but instead chose Alex Smith of Utah. Rodgers, who was at the draft, waited hours before being picked No. 24 by Green Bay. Brady Quinn had a similar slide in 2007 and ended up going to Cleveland with the 22st overall pick. Weeden is not in the conversation to go at the very top of the draft. No. 1 will likely be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck to the Colts and No. 2 is penciled in to be Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III to the Redskins. There has been, however, more and more speculation about Weeden being selected in the first round, especially after he visited the Cleveland Browns earlier this week. - AP Sports

04/03/2012 - The Browns kicked off a busy week of pre-draft visits with Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. Richardson, who is widely considered the Browns front-runner for the fourth pick in the draft, had a very impressive workout in Tuscaloosa last week. He had 283 carries for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns last season for the Crimson Tide. Weeden, who could be taken with the 22nd pick, threw for 4,727 yards with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2011 for the Cowboys. One draw back with Weeden is that he'll be 29 when the season starts in September. The Browns are also expecting to meet with LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill later this week. - 19 Action News Cleveland

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 53. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 219, 2...Weeden has all the physical ability to be a pro quarterback, but after five years (2002-2006) pitching for the Yankees, Dodgers and Royals minor league teams he will be a 28-year-old NFL rookie with some medical concerns. Weeden pitched 374 innings, had only a 19-26 record and 5.02 ERA. More significant, he left baseball because of a torn labrum and tendinitis in the rotator cuff of his throwing arm and did not have surgery. Instead, he redshirted at Oklahoma State in 2007, played little the next two years, then did so well the last two years pro scouts couldn't ignore him regardless of his age. He is not a vociferous team leader, but often has too much confidence in his arm. He needs to improve pocket awareness and stepping up. Weeden sometimes negates his height with a 3/4 side-arm delivery that might have concerned right handed batters, but is ripe for an alert defensive lineman to bat down. He looks excellent when timing is on, but sails wild pitches off his back foot when things break down. Weeden ruptured a tendon in his right thumb the first game of 2010 but played through the injury. Most of all, his production was too gaudy to overlook. In little more than two seasons he completed 766 of 1,102 passes (69.5 pct) for 9,260 yards, 75 touchdowns and 27 interceptions (157.7 passer rating). - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/13/2012 - Another quarterback expected to benefit from the decisions of Barkley and Landry is Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State. Weeden turned 28 in October, having played five seasons of minor league baseball before he gave up the game after being a second-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2002, and his advanced age will blunt his draft stock, for sure. But a lot of quarterbacks are late-bloomers, and the consensus is that Weeden has a stronger arm and better overall tools than another former over-aged prospect, Chris Weinke, who was drafted by Carolina in the fourth round in 2001 at age 28. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/29/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL STANDOUTS: Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, the most consistent of the South team's quarterbacks throughout the practice week was the worst of the six passers Saturday, completing nearly as many passes to the defense (two interceptions) as he did to South receivers (five completions) for just 56 yards. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL TUESDAY: QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State: Similar to Moore, Weeden is a rhythm passer with good touch on his throws and composure in the pocket. He has looked natural taking the snap from under center and in his drops, but he often throws to his initial read and doesn't actively go through his progressions. While Weeden has been arguably the top signal caller in Mobile through two practices, scouts are still skeptical about his ability to work through his reads and survey the defense while dropping back -- something that most of these practice drills won't show. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Brandon Weeden takes his share of knocks for being a 28-year-old at a level where he faces younger players, some much younger. His age may have affected Heisman Trophy voting for the former New York Yankees farmhand. Still, rules permit Weeden's participation. As such, he is incredibly steady running the fast-paced Oklahoma State attack. Blessed with several playmakers, Weeden distributes the ball well and is adept spotting open receivers. A veteran line gives him great protection. He broke his own OSU season passing record with 4,328 yards. - The Sports Xchange

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, Sr., has been selected All-Big 12 Conference Second 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

11/17/2011 - For Brandon Weeden, all the interest in his age is starting to get old. The 28-year-old quarterback got a lot of Heisman Trophy chatter over the weekend when he threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns in Oklahoma State's victory over Texas Tech while Stanford's Andrew Luck and Boise State's Kellen Moore both lost for the first time this season. Weeden just wishes less of the attention was on how old he is. Weeden played five years of minor league baseball after high school, then started his college career at Oklahoma State. He said people have posted complaints on Twitter and he's frequently peppered by questions about his age when someone new interviews him. "On the ballot, there's not an age requirement. It's stupid. I'm so sick of hearing about it," Weeden said. "It's one of those things. People need to find some new material. It's getting old real quick." Weeden's second-ranked Cowboys (10-0, 7-0 Big 12) head into Friday night's game at Iowa State as one of only three undefeated teams left in the country, along with No. 1 LSU and No. 11 Houston. He has piled up 3,635 yards and 31 touchdowns with nine interceptions at the helm of the nation's second-highest scoring offense. "There's just so many other questions you can ask other than being 28 years old," Weeden said. "Why can't we talk about (All-American receiver) Justin Blackmon or the team winning games? That's way more important than me being 28 years old." Weeden's age is certainly a factor, though. - AP Sports

11/12/2011 - Brandon Weeden threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns and Joseph Randle ran for three more scores to lead No. 2 Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 66-6 Saturday, making the Cowboys 10-0 for the first time in school history. The Cowboys, second in the BCS standings this week, next (7-0 Big 12) play at Iowa State before closing their season at home against Oklahoma in the Bedlam game. Win both, and they will likely be headed to the BCS championship game. Weeden threw touchdown passes of 2, 27, 28, 48 and 66 yards, and had no interceptions before his backup came in late in the third quarter. Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper each had more than 100 receiving yards. It was the Red Raiders (5-5, 2-5) most lopsided loss ever. Texas Tech's Seth Doege completed 25 of 43 passes for a season-low 169 yards and an interception. - AP Sports

11/07/2011 - WEEK 10 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, QB, Sr, Edmond, OKla. - Brandon Weeden set a school record by passing for 502 yards in the No. 3 Cowboys' 52-45 win over No. 14 Kansas State. The senior completed 36-of-46 passes (.782 pct.) with four touchdown strikes in the game. Weeden engineered three crucial scoring drives in the decisive fourth quarter by completing 6-of-8 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown in the final stanza. - Big 12 football

11/06/2011 - Brandon Weeden threw for a school record 502 yards and four touchdowns, and Joseph Randle scored the final, tiebreaking 23-yard touchdown with 2:16 remaining to lift No. 3 Oklahoma State to a 52-45 victory against No. 17 Kansas State on Saturday night. The Cowboys (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) matched the best start in school history and survived quite a scare from K-State (7-2, 4-2), which had three shots at the end zone in the final 12 seconds. Collin Klein missed on 5-yard passes intended for Tyler Locketta and Chris Harper and then overshot Tramaine Thompson in the end zone as time expired. Oklahoma State's players rushed on to the field to celebrate, their national championship hopes still intact. - AP Sports

10/31/2011 - No. 3 Oklahoma State is getting into uncharted territory. The Cowboys are off to an 8-0 start for only the second time in the program's history and seem to be in the driver's seat for a shot at the BCS championship if they're able to win their final four games. During Mike Gundy's time as head coach, Oklahoma State has made it to 7-0 in 2008 and 6-0 last season before losing. This Saturday night against No. 17 Kansas State (7-1, 4-1 Big 12), the Cowboys will get their first chance at duplicating the best start in school history achieved by the 1945 team that finished the season 9-0 after winning the Sugar Bowl. Quarterback Brandon Weeden said Monday it's "obviously awesome" to be 8-0 but there are critical games left on the schedule. - AP Sports

10/08/2011 - Brandon Weeden threw for 288 yards and five touchdowns before being pulled out of a lopsided game before halftime, and No. 6 Oklahoma State matched its highest scoring total from the last 94 years in a 70-28 rout of Kansas on Saturday. Jamie Blatnick recovered a fumble and leaped to tip an interception to himself for two of the Cowboys' four first-half takeaways, and Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored touchdowns on all eight of its possessions before halftime against the nation's worst defense. Kansas (2-3, 0-2) came in allowing a Bowl Subdivision-worst 44.3 points per game, and Oklahoma State had already surpassed that total with 4 minutes left in the second quarter on Weeden's second TD pass to All-American receiver Justin Blackmon. That score made it 49-7, and backup Clint Chelf tacked on a 3-yard TD pass to Hubert Anyiam with 12 seconds left before halftime to give OSU 56 consecutive points. - AP Sports

09/27/2011 - Following his team's 30-29 win over then-No. 8 Texas A&M, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. The senior threw for a school-record 438 yards in the win. Facing a 20-3 deficit at halftime, Weeden helped the Cowboys to 27-straight points, including a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter to give Oklahoma State the lead. He connected on 47-of-60 passes to finish the day, setting school marks for both completions and pass attempts in a game. "At halftime we didn't change anything, we just started executing and things started going our way," Weeden mentioned. "Our guys did a great job up front. In the second half things started clicking. We have a lot of momentum going forward now. This is my biggest win." Through four games this season, the senior leads the nation in passing yards (1,592), passing yards per game (398.00) and completions per game (35.50). The No. 5-ranked Oklahoma State squad will have a bye week before hosting conference foe Kansas for an Oct. 8 contest. - The Davey O'Brien Award

09/26/2011 - Based on recent history, the Cowboys clearly are Road Warriors under quarterback Brandon Weeden, who called Saturday's comeback the "biggest win" on his 16-2 ledger as a two-year starter. Continuing that trend will be essential for OSU to be in position to challenge No. 2 Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0) for the Big 12 title at the end of the year because two of the Cowboys' next three games involve road trips to face No. 17 Texas (Oct. 15) and Missouri (Oct. 22). OSU also visits two league teams with undefeated records in November: Texas Tech (3-0) on Nov. 12 and Iowa State (3-0) on Nov. 18. But none of those road trips figure to be as daunting as what OSU went through by erasing a deficit against an A&M team with top 10 talent in front of 87,358 vocal fans at Kyle Field. "That was huge," said Weeden, who threw for a school-record 438 yards to highlight the rally. "We have a lot of momentum going forward now." A&M coach Mike Sherman described Weeden as a player with "tremendous maturity" who shows "no sense of panic" in difficult situations. Weeden displayed those traits again Saturday, leading the Cowboys to 27 consecutive second-half points and what Blackmon described as a "special win." Without question, Weeden's veteran savvy provides OSU an intangible in difficult road environments that other teams lack. Don't be surprised if Saturday's latest example proves to be the one that provides OSU a season-ending title shot against OU for a second consecutive year. - Jimmy Burch, The Fort Worth Star Telegram

09/26/2011 - BIG 12 WEEK 4 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, QB, Sr: Brandon Weeden set school single-game records for completions (47), attempts (60) and passing yards (438) in No. 7 Oklahoma State's comeback 30-29 win at No. 8 Texas A&M. Trailing 20-3 at the half, Weeden went 30-of-43 for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the final two periods. The Cowboys scored on five of their first six possessions in the second half with three touchdowns and two field goals. Another apparent touchdown was fumbled out of the end zone. Weeden was also named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week. The win was OSU's first on the road against a top 10 team since 2008 at Missouri. - Big 12 football

09/25/2011 - WEEK 4 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State: After a school record setting performance Saturday against Texas A&M, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has been named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week. The senior from Edmond passed for a school-record 438 yards to help lead the No. 7 Cowboys to a 30-29 victory over the Aggies. Weeden completed 47-of-60 passes and tallied two touchdown throws on the game to recover from a 17 point halftime deficit. - Walter Camp Award

09/24/2011 - Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 438 yards and two scores and Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper combined for 244 yards receiving as No. 7 Oklahoma State rallied for a 30-29 win over No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday. The Aggies built a 20-3 halftime lead before the Cowboys(4-0, 1-0 Big 12) took advantage of three Texas A&M turnovers and numerous penalties to reel off 27 straight points to take a 30-20 lead. Jeff Fuller caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 remaining for A&M's first score since the second quarter to get A&M within 30-27. A&M's defense forced a punt and the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) got the ball back with almost two minutes remaining, but Ryan Tannehill threw his third interception to seal the Cowboys' win. Blackmon ran 39 yards into A&M's end zone for a safety as time expired to leave it at 30-29. Oklahoma State won its fourth straight in the series and its seventh overall on the road in the first top 10 matchup at Kyle Field since 1975. It marks the first time the Cowboys have won consecutive games in College Station. - AP Sports

09/18/2011 - A game that didn't start until after midnight quickly turned into a nightmare for Tulsa. Starting quarterback G.J. Kinne suffered a knee injury in the first quarter, and the Golden Hurricane fell hopelessly behind without him in a 59-33 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma State early Sunday morning. After Kinne ran out of bounds on a 23-yard run, he got popped late by safety Daytawion Lowe and careened into the Tulsa sideline. Lowe was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty for the late hit that knocked Kinne out of the game. The Golden Hurricane (1-2) were already without star receiver Damaris Johnson, a second-team All-American last season and the NCAA's career record holder in all-purpose yards and kickoff returns, because of an indefinite suspension. Brandon Weeden threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, Joseph Randle ran for 128 yards and three more scores and the Oklahoma State won easily despite sleepwalking at times-and understandably so. Originally scheduled to start at 9:10 p.m., the game didn't get going until 16 minutes after midnight and didn't get over until 3:35 a.m. The NCAA doesn't keep records showing where the game ranks among the latest to start or finish, but the bizarre circumstances will make this game hard to forget for anyone who stayed up for it. - AP Sports

09/08/2011 - Brandon Weeden connected with Justin Blackmon on two short touchdown tosses, Joseph Randle ran for two scores and No. 9 Oklahoma State used an early burst of offense to beat Arizona 37-14 on Thursday night in a rematch of last year's Alamo Bowl. The Cowboys (2-0) scored on their first three drives to open a 21-0 lead in the first 16 1/2 minutes, then put it away with two scores midway through the second half. Randle had 121 yards rushing and nine catches for 99 yards, and Blackmon had 128 yards on 12 receptions to extend his NCAA record streak to 14 straight games with at least 100 yards receiving. Weeden finished with 397 yards passing, one less than Arizona's Nick Foles in a duel between the nation's top two passers from the first week of the season. - AP Sports

09/08/2011 - The non-conference matchup against Arizona is not only a repeat of last year's Alamo Bowl matchup, but also a potential league game in the future with speculation Oklahoma State could join the Pac-12. Nonetheless, the Cowboys aren't drawn into all the possibilities. "It's not like, 'Man, we want to go to the Pac-12.' Or 'Man, we wish the Big 12 would stay together.' It's out of our control," QB Brandon Weeden told The Oklahoman. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Brandon Weeden - After reviewing film, Weeden was not too bothered about the two passes he had picked and returned for touchdowns in the Louisiana-Lafayette win. One, he said, was the result of miscommunication. Weeden is capable of better performances, which is scary. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden wants to outplay Arizona's Nick Foles this week. Not because the two draft-worthy quarterbacks were the nation's most prolific passers in the opening week. He just wants to get the win. Weeden and Foles were among the participants at the Manning Camp for elite quarterbacks this offseason. They spent some time making small talk and discussing the oddity that teams from different conferences will play twice in a nine-month span. Weeden said Monday he'll probably chat with Foles before and after their game Thursday night, and it's human nature that he wants to be the best quarterback on the field. But for Weeden, a former starting pitcher in the minor leagues, that's all about who gets the win and not who has the best stat line. - AP Sports

09/05/2011 - In offensive coordinator Todd Monken's debut, Oklahoma State compiled 666 yards of total offense and 458 yards passing - both the most in the Bowl Subdivision so far. The only glaring issue was Brandon Weeden's three interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. "He's mature enough to know what was going on," Gundy said. "He pressed a little bit. He pressed on a couple plays. That's not out of the ordinary. I'm not concerned with him. He'll do just fine." Gundy said one pick was a miscommunication with a receiver, the second was a busted route and the third was a "terrible decision" when Weeden tried to make something out of nothing. Weeden was the all-Big 12 quarterback last season, when he set threw for 4,277 yards and broke the school record by more than 1,100 in his first season as the starter. Only Arizona's Nick Foles, with 412 yards passing, had more than Weeden in Week 1. "If there's a lesson to be learned, then now is the time. I think there's some truth in that he's in a little bit of uncharted waters," Gundy said. "At this time last year, he was fighting for his life and then he's been told how good he is and how great he is for nine months. "That hasn't affected his work ethic. He's worked extremely hard. He's studied the game, he understands. But sometimes when you're told that, you just feel like, `I've got to make a play every single time."' Weeden balanced out the good and bad in his performance with three TDs to go with his three interceptions, and there were plenty of positives elsewhere. Joseph Randle replaced All-American running back Kendall Hunter and ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon posted his 13th straight game with at least 100 yards receiving, and fellow receiver Tracy Moore had the best game of his career with seven catches for 112 yards. - AP Sports

09/04/2011 - Oklahoma State has a new offensive coordinator in Todd Monken, but little seemed to have changed Saturday night for the Cowboys-they still rolled up huge numbers. Joseph Randle rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Blackmon had 144 yards receiving and No. 9 Oklahoma State beat Louisiana-Lafayette 61-34. Brandon Weeden completed 24 of 39 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns for Oklahoma State (1-0) in the debut for Monken, who replaced Dana Holgorsen, now the head coach at West Virginia. The Cowboys became known for wide-open offense under Holgorsen, averaging 520.2 yards per game last season en route to an 11-2 finish. Monken, true to his word, didn't change things much as Oklahoma State rolled up 666 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1), the ninth-best total in school history. "There were a number of things that the players have confidence in," Monken said. "We're going to continue to do what we feel like gives us the best chance to move the ball. ... There's a number of things that they did in the past that I think, as I've said many times, we'd be silly to change." - AP Sports

09/03/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Louisiana-Lafayette at Oklahoma State, Sept. 3 - With excitement building at Oklahoma State for a potential Big 12 championship run, the Cowboys probably picked a great tune-up. Louisiana-Lafayette is coming off a 3-9 season and adjusting to a new coach, Mark Hudspeth. Just 13 starters return for the Ragin' Cajuns, though QB Chris Masson is among them. Still, this figures to be a chance for Oklahoma State to look at many combinations on both sides of the ball. Louisiana has lost 20 consecutive road openers, is 1-25 all-time against ranked opponents and has been outscored 40-8 in its four previous trips to Stillwater. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Ragin' Cajuns feature one of the best tight ends in the country, Ladarius Green. He was tops nationally in receiving yardage (794) among tight ends last season, averaging 79.4 yards per game and 18 yards per catch. Figure on the Cowboys to concentrate on Green and allow any of the unheralded players on the Louisiana offense to try to make up the difference. Still, this is a key game for the OSU defense. The unit, while improved last year, occasionally surrendered big plays while gambling on takeaways. With just five returning defensive starters, former backups must move into key roles and the tune-up with Louisiana is critical with tougher games looming against Arizona and Tulsa. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2011 - Mike Gundy can appreciate all the compliments directed at No. 9 Oklahoma State after it matched the highest preseason ranking in school history. When he stops by the store, goes out for dinner or walks around campus, he can gauge the level of interest in his program by the increasing number of people he sees wearing the school colors. He sees it, too, in season-ticket sales that could break the school record as early as Friday. "There's just a lot of excitement and it's a good time to be here," Gundy said. "It can't get any better." Then, a few moments later, he corrected himself. After setting a school record with 11 wins last season and bringing home Oklahoma State's first share of the Big 12 South division title, it still can get better for Gundy at the school where he once was the starting quarterback and now is entering his seventh season as head coach. "I want to win a championship," Gundy said. More than ever, Gundy can see all of the pieces coming together. Quarterback Brandon Weeden and Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver Justin Blackmon bypassed a shot at the NFL to return for another season, and Gundy considers the group that surrounds them to be the deepest during his time in charge of the Cowboys. "We've had three straight good years and continue to get better players. The facilities continue to get better," Weeden said. "Everything's on the up. Nothing's going down." - AP Sports

08/25/2011 - Oklahoma State is so loaded with experience that the biggest transition into the 2011 season may involve a coach. Todd Monken possesses NFL experience, which is certainly an asset after both quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon passed, somewhat surprisingly, on entering the draft following exceptional years. Now they must play for a new coordinator, though a concerted effort will be made to simplify any adaptation. "We wanted a coordinator that would come in and be willing to run our offense,'' OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "And it's not easy to find a coach that's willing to do that. There won't be much that's different from last season. We didn't see any reason in changing what we were able to accomplish last year.'' Understandably so. The Cowboys contended for the South Division title in the Big 12 before falling to Oklahoma in the last game of the regular season. Breakthroughs were made as OSU finished 11-2, some of which treaded ancient history. Weeden became the first All-League quarterback since 1932, and an undefeated road run was the first for the Cowboys since 1945. That is the kind of success any coach wants to duplicate as the Cowboys look to contend in the revised Big 12. Not only will Weeden again pull the trigger while relying on Blackmon as a go-to receiver, but depth exists at the skill positions and Oklahoma State can mix up the attack with a solid run game that could feature its top incoming recruit, Herschel Sims. - The Sports Xchange

08/25/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Brandon Weeden - This is a tough call, considering WR Justin Blackmon is the reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. But Weeden must engineer the entire attack, and do so with precision. The former minor-league pitcher was sharp almost all of last year, in spite of playing the majority of the season with a torn tendon in his throwing thumb. At 28, Weeden figured to turn pro, but opted instead for more seasoning. If he improves on his 155.42 career passing efficiency, he could top the marks he set last year for passing yards (4,277) and touchdown passes (34). - The Sports Xchange

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Brandon Weeden, SR, Oklahoma State, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. Weeden earned All-Big 12 first-team accolades in 2010 after setting school records with 4,277 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. He led the Cowboys to the best year in school history, as OSU capped an 11-2 season with a win over Arizona in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Weeden enters the 2011 season with a career pass efficiency rating of 155.42 to rank fourth among active quarterbacks, trailing only Boise State's Kellen Moore, Stanford's Andrew Luck and Houston's Case Keenum. - Oklahoma State football

08/08/2011 - After starting out unranked and picked to finish next-to-last in the division last season, the Cowboys are ranked No. 9 in the USA Today preseason poll. The Associated Press rankings come out later this month. "It's a good problem to have," Weeden said. "We've put ourselves in this position with the success we had last year, but at the same time you can't get wrapped up in it. Last year, we were on the flip side of the coin." Instead of playing with a chip on their shoulders, the players are dealing with being in the spotlight. Blackmon and Weeden have been highlighted in a campaign by the school to draw attention to the prolific tandem. "I think last year the guys were kind of ticked off because we felt like we were a better football team than that. We didn't say it, but we believed it," Weeden said. "We thought we were a good football team." It won't be easy for Oklahoma State to continue its improvement trend under seventh-year coach Mike Gundy. The Cowboys have never won less games or conference games than the previous year since Gundy took over in 2005 and went 4-7. But this year's schedule features road games at Texas A&M, Missouri and Texas before the finale against Oklahoma in Stillwater. "The main thing is staying focused," Weeden said. "We had so much success last year, it's human nature to get a little bit confident and start not preparing the same way, but so far I haven't seen that. "You never want to go backward, you always want to go forward. I think that's been our approach." - AP Sports

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, Big 12, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The 2010 season saw Weeden blossom into one of the nation's top quarterbacks as he earned All-Big 12 Conference First Team honors after a record-setting performance for the Cowboys. In his first year as a starter, Weeden set school records with 34 touchdown passes, 4,277 passing yards and 4,209 yards of total offense. Weeden recorded four of the top seven passing games in OSU history in 2010, including a record 435-yard effort against Baylor. His 337 passing yards per game ranked third in the NCAA last season, and he finished fourth nationally in touchdown passes. In 2011, Weeden will engineer an offense that returns 10 starters and averaged 44.2 points and 520.2 yards per game last season. - Oklahoma State football

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State, Senior, 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. Weeden is ranked among the top four active NCAA quarterbacks for career passing efficiency and is the reigning first-team All-Big 12 quarterback. In 2010, he set single season school records for passing yards, total offense, touchdown passes, completed passes, pass attempts and completion percentage. He also owns OSU single-game records for completions (34) and passing yards (435) and enters the 2011 season with an 11-2 record as a starter. - Oklahoma State football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, QB, Sr., 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. Weeden already owns the school's single-season passing yardage mark with 3,391 through 10 games and owns the most 300-yard passing games in school history (six), and the most 400-yard passing games (three). Weeden needs just 352 yards to reach Zac Robinson's school mark for single-season total offense (3,671). - Oklahoma State football

05/26/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: QB Brandon Weeden - At 27, Weeden showed his maturity by emerging into a standout quarterback his first season as a starter. Although he was influenced to turn pro because of his age, and 4,000-plus yards passing in 2010, he wisely recognized he needs more seasoning to improve his decision-making. - The Sports Xchange

05/26/2011 - STARS OF 2011: QB Brandon Weeden - All that was missing from an impressive year as a first-year starter was a championship. Weeden could not deliver against arch-rival Oklahoma, the team that topped Oklahoma State for the chance to represent the South Division in the Big 12 title game. With that game eliminated, even more pressure falls on Weeden to deliver in the regular season after throwing for more than 4,000 yards in 2010. - The Sports Xchange


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