Top Veterans: No. 2 Justin Blackmon

This is the next to last installment of our preseason series on the Top 10 Veteran Players for 2011. To be eligibile, a player has to be a veteran that has either started or played a significant role as a backup player. The criteria to be on this list is that you play a vital position to the success of this season.

Which came first the chicken or the egg? I don't know but in the offensive football equivalent to that question I know the pass comes before the catch, and it is for that reason we go with Justin Blackman in the second position.

I don't think he will mind. He and quarterback Brandon Weeden have no rivalry as they rely on each other and others for their success and are smart enough to know it.

Last season Blackman did something few players in any sport ever get to accomplish. He did something that had never been done before in the sport of football, catch over 100 yards worth of passes and a touchdown in 12 straight games.

As one reporter said, it had never been done and we may never see it done again. I hope he is wrong as with a complete offensive line back, an ever improving group of receivers around him, backs like Joe Randle and Jeremy Smith, and Weeden, the blueprint is there to do it again and again and again.

You don't think teams weren't geared to stop Blackmon late in the season? Even playing at about 65 percent against OU with the Sooners talent, they couldn't stop him.

Blackmon has the right attitude too. This summer he has pressed himself and worked even harder than last summer. It shows on both him and his fellow receivers as his work ethic has caught on. Remember the old Gatorade slogan, "Be like Mike." Well the Oklahoma State receivers work like Justin because they would like to be like Justin.

Having a player on the team that you cover like Justin Blackmon simply makes it that much harder to wait for football season to get here. Fortunately, we don't have to wait much longer.

Top 10 Veteran Cowboys
No. 10 Grant Garner
No. 9 Quinn Sharp
No. 8 Nigel Nicholas
No. 7 Josh Cooper
No. 6 Johnny Thomas
No. 5 Markelle Martin
No. 4 Shaun Lewis
No. 3 Jamie Blatnick & Richetti Jones


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