Cowboy Football Notebook: Day 5

Two of the nation's top players will participate in a social media chat with fans this week when Oklahoma State's Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver Justin Blackmon and All-Big 12 first-team quarterback Brandon Weeden take questions from fans.

Blackmon will be online beginning at 12:15 p.m. (Central time) on Wednesday and Weeden at 12:30 p.m. (Central time) on Thursday.

To participate, fans should follow their official Twitter account, @Weeden2Blackmon, then submit their questions using the #W2BChat hashtag. Unlike their previous social media chats, this one will not include questions asked via their official Facebook page, Weeden2Blackmon.

Fans are encouraged to submit questions in advance.

No Injury Problems Except His Shoe
Middle linebacker Caleb Lavey was making a strong impression last fall camp as he was playing really well in seeking to back-up Orie Lemon and then he injured his elbow causing him to miss most of the first month of the season and all of preseason camp.

Lavey came back to play in nine games with 10 tackles. Now he is competing with Tyler Johnson for the right to start at middle linebacker as Lemon is now a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.

We asked Lavey if he has had any problems with the elbow ar anything?

"No sir," answered Lavey. "I guess I tore my shoe today, but other than that everything has been perfect. I've been injury free."

Back in my days, anybody that blew out their shoe was just plain fast or was really working hard, either one is good for Lavey.

Gundy on Defensive Leaders
Speaking of Lemon, the defense is in search of leadership. The offense has the entire offensive line, Justin Blackmon, Brandon Weeden, Josh Cooper, and plenty of leaders including young running back Joseph Randle, who even Weeden says doesn't act like a college sophomore but someone with much more experience.

Gundy said he sees leadership on defense too.

"Well Johnny Thomas, Markelle Martin and Brodrick Brown continue to do a good job. Jamie Blatnick is a quiet leader. Richetti Jones is working at being a leader. Tyler Johnson I see making some strides in those areas. There's a few guys that are stepping up, but they have big shoes to fill. Orie Lemon was a great leader for us last year," said Gundy.

Don't underestimate star linebacker Shaun Lewis either, as he truly has stepped into a leader role and also leads by the example of his play. Imagine this, two more years from today Lewis and Randle could be getting ready for their senior season and they could each be a favorite to be Big 12 Player of the Year on their side of the ball.


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