Q&A with Jamie Blatnick

Defensive end Jamie Blatnick is one of 16 Cowboy seniors preparing to play in their final game at Boone Pickens Stadium in a high-staked Bedlam matchup. Blatnick answered several questions at OSU's Monday media luncheon about the upcoming game against the Sooners and on his career at OSU.

How excited are you for Bedlam?

"Umm … To excited? I can't really put it into words. It's a big game for us and it's a big game for me. I just can't wait to play."

Defensively, how do you approach Oklahoma?

"You just have to take it one step at a time. Games like this come down to playing hard and making plays, even when maybe it's not your turn or not your gap. You just have to have the will to get off your blocks and get in there to make a play and make sure you're around the ball."

Obviously last year's loss was a tough one to swallow. You have been wearing wristbands Markelle Martin made for the defense all season. What do they say?

"Last year's Bedlam, that one still bothers me. We had a few costly mistakes at the end that killed us. We've got our wristbands, ‘Fourth Quarter, 2:51, 38-40,' that was the play. It was a fourth-and-two or fourth-and-three and that was the play we busted on that cost it for us."

How often throughout the season have you found yourself looking at that and thinking about this game?

"For the longest time my ‘One heart, one Family,' for coach Spencer's wife, wristband was actually over it so I couldn't read it but once we got to Bedlam I switched it to the other wrist so I couldn't read it very day and remind myself how close we were."

A lot has been made of the "Belldozer" formation with backup quarterback Blake Bell running out of a tight formation. How do you all plan on counteracting that approach in short-yardage situations?

"It's pretty much the same thing K-State does so it's not like we haven't seen it before. It's just one of those things where each player has to do their job and then give a little extra. We have to get after them at the line of scrimmage."

This is more than Bedlam for you, this is the last time you will play in Boone Pickens Stadium as one of the 16 seniors on this team. What do you think when you look back on your time at OSU?

"Every time I think about it I just think, ‘Wow, time just flew by,' by as far as Saturday goes, I can't focus on anything but putting our team in the best position to win."

What does it mean to you to be part of the winningest group of seniors in OSU history?

"It's nice but I'm not ready to sit back and think about it yet. It's not over. When it's all said and done then I'll sit back and think about it but, until then, it's just Bedlam, Bedlam, Bedlam, Bedlam. That's all I have on my mind."

How badly does this team want to win the Big 12 championship?

"Oh my gosh. Extremely. We'd give just about anything to win this one … the fact that we've come so close to doing it in the past just adds fuel to the fire; we're ready to go. I'm getting antsy right now just thinking about it."


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