If you remember, Blackmon was helped off the field in the third quarter of Saturday's victory over Kansas with an ankle injury after running a route and becoming tangled with a defender. The injury reportedly looked serious on television replays but on the sidelines Blackmon was examined and a tape job was applied outside his shoe.
He went back in and caught four more passes, including a fade route for a touchdown and a couple of out routes. Blackmon will be repeating this early morning routine all week along with treatments several times a day to get the ankle as healthy as possible for Saturday's Bedlam game. The boot also will be part of his week as it is worn by all Cowboys with foot or ankle injuries to protect and, again, promote healing.
Blackmon is expected to play on Saturday.
Blackmon wasn't the only one up early Monday as the coaching staff was in to resume the mass watching of tape on Oklahoma. The coaches were in starting at 6 a.m.
Following a morning staff meeting to review the itinerary for the week and discuss other issues in the program such as recruiting, the offensive and defensive coaching staffs break up, and begin their meetings and the watching of video of Oklahoma. The tape review for the defense continued until around 1 p.m. when coordinator Bill Young returned from meeting with the media as part of the Monday OSU football news conference.
"Then we'll get together and start game planning," said Young. "Jason Jones is watching all the passing, dropback passing game. Glenn (Spencer) is looking at the inside/outside runs, and Joe DeForest is looking at all the play action and bootlegs.
"We'll get together and look at what our game plan is every area and mesh it all together and get things tentatively set up for tomorrow (first major practice of the week)."
The offense has a similar routine with the coaches breaking up and looking at the OU defense in different games and in different capacities such as fronts, coverages, blitzes, stunts, etc.
Both sides of the ball will look at tendencies and examine if they can spot any idiosyncrasies that might help on Saturday. Offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and his staff will meet well into the night and it is usually Holgorsen and offensive graduate assistant Jake Spavital that are the last to leave on Monday nights.
Monday is an off day for players, but even off days have their responsibilities. Quarterback Brandon Weeden, defensive end Richetti Jones, offensive tackle Levy Adcock, cornerback Andrew McGee, safety Markelle Martin, running back Kendall Hunter and defensive tackle Shane Jarka were all at the news conference to meet with the media.
Richetti Jones is a very popular interview these days as he has a dynamic personality. Jarka is another passionate player for the media as he is counting down to his final home game as a Cowboy senior on Saturday.
Weeden is an excellent interview and he revealed that while eager for the Bedlam game he was going to take the edge off by taking advantage of the unseasonable warm weather and play a round of golf. He added he would follow that up by coming in to watch video of the OU defense in the evening.
Training table dinner for all players and treatments for injuries for some others took up time on Monday. However, for players this is the one day off and Tuesday begins the major workload to get ready for Bedlam. It is the workload that the Cowboys have been solid with and strong throughout the season.