Top Veterans: No. 1 Brandon Weeden

We wrap up our two-week series with our final installment of the Top 10 Veteran Players for 2011. We've featured several Cowboys like Grant Garner, Quinn Sharp, Josh Cooper and Markelle Martin, to name a few. It's not hard to figure out who's topping the list of top veterans as Oklahoma State prepares to enter fall camp in a few weeks ... quarterback Brandon Weeden.

We answered the question a few days ago, which came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, it is the pass or the catch? The pass comes first, which is why we have Brandon Weeden at number one on this list by a narrow margin over Justin Blackmon, the guy that completes the plays we stand and scream for every Saturday last season and this season.

I know the obstacles are evident for anybody that wants to be pessimistic. Everybody will be gearing their defenses to stop them. Kendall Hunter is gone and that hurts the balance. Dana Holgorsen is gone and he took the offensive magic with him to West Virginia. Another one is the road games are going to be too tough is a popular response as we get closer to the season.

Well, don't tell Weeden and, for that matter, Blackmon as they have worked very hard, as hard as last summer in preparing. They know defenses will be after them. What do you think they faced every week after the Washington State opener? It was impossible to hide how well they hooked up and how much they enjoyed victimizing defenses.

Joe Randle and Jeremy Smith will hold their end of the offense up along with that offensive line. See the latest issue of Go Pokes Magazine when it comes out for the low down on how smart new offensive coordinator Todd Monken is. He watched all of last season and I think he has a clue about using this offense and calling the plays.

Monken and Weeden hit it off from the first time Mike Gundy introduced them, and I think that relationship will help with the success this season. I see the two really seeing eye to eye and thus making Weeden a real coach or extension of the coach on the field.

His demeanor is also great with his teammates. Players like Weeden and they believe in him and want to play hard under his leadership.

As for Weeden statisically, it would make sense that he would improve going from year one as a starting quarterback to year two. I know year one had him completing 67 percent of his passes for 4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.

But picture this, and these are very reasonable numbers I might add, Weeden completes 69 percent of his passes for 4,586 yards and 38 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions. Modest gains. Now picture what the record is. I like the picture, don't you?

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
No. 2 Justin Blackmon

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