ESPN Shines Spotlight On Weeden, Cowboys

Brandon Weeden has been a stalwart signal caller and confident leader for the Oklahoma State Cowboys since he took over the starting quarterback duties a year ago and his commanding presence on the field has earned him special attention from ‘The Worldwide Leader in Sports.'

ESPN's film crews were given an all-access pass to the Cowboys' fall camp to document Weeden and the rest of the OSU QBs for their ‘The Year of the Quarterback' series.

The show is scheduled to air in early October and should provide excellent exposure nationally for not only Weeden, but the entire Cowboy football program. Those factors played a key role in coach Mike Gundy's decision to open up fall camp to the network.

"You have to get adjusted to them being around, there was a long thought process that went into whether we thought it was good to give them as much access as we have; we essentially opened up our camp to them for the documentary they're going to do on our team and our quarterbacks," Gundy said. "You just have to get adjusted to them being there and I think that they're here for the right reasons, they're trying to show the positives of Oklahoma State football and our quarterbacks."

The site describes its project as a, "yearlong initiative (that) will cover the lives and careers of quarterbacks from high school to the NFL, providing an in-depth examination of one of the most critical, coveted and talked-about positions in all of sports."

It's that constructive goal that persuaded Gundy to allow ESPN into their everyday routines; that and the potential effect it could have on recruiting.

"There's some trust involved that they're going to have in their one-hour show about football and quarterback play, but also a lot of positives," Gundy said. "I know they have to play both sides of it but I think they'll do a great job and make it a positive show, which could be really good for us. There are a lot of young men across the country that will watch that show and if it stimulates any interest in Oklahoma State and playing quarterback then we certainly want it to happen."

While ESPN's presence in practice and meetings could pay major dividends there was concern over whether it would be a distraction, but the subject of the documentary — Weeden — said they blended in quickly.

"It's really been pretty cool; the first couple days you knew they were there but now you just kind of go on with your day and it's like no one is even around," Weeden said.

Senior defensive end Jamie Blatnick also said they got accustomed to ESPN's presence quickly but the team did take opportunities to give Weeden a little trouble in the name of good humor.

"Honestly I haven't really noticed it," Blatnick said. "Sometimes we'll give Weeden some mess, like when he came in the room the other day we all clapped and cheered and stuff. We'll harass him a little; it's good fun. If they want to come watch us, that means we're doing something right."

Weeden said it has been a fun experience and it's something he not only looks forward to seeing when it airs, but also something he looks forward to hanging on to for years to come.

"It's fun; it'll be cool in the middle of October to be able to sit around and watch it and see some of the dumb stuff I said and some of the funny things that went on," Weeden said. "It'll be fun. It's one of those things I can keep and show my kids later on down the line and be proud of."


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