Blatnick's Charges Reduced

STILLWATER - Oklahoma State defensive end Jamie Blatnick has seen the charge against him from a late summer incident and altercation involving former OSU teammate Steve Denning reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Blatnick, who allegedly used a beer bottle in a fight with Denning, was originally charged with felony assault and batter with a dangerous weapon but that charge is now misdemeanor assault.

Following the incident that took place on the Washington Street strip area off campus, Blatnick was relegated to climbing a StairMaster next to the practice field. It was just a week ago that head coach Mike Gundy allowed Blatnick to practice football.

Blatnick's playing status is still uncertain as he has been replaced in the starting defense by defensive end Richetti Jones, who had a strong preseason camp.

Blatnick, out of Celina, Texas, has not been in trouble previously and is a strong student in the classroom. Gundy has been adament about not playing any player facing a felony charge. Now that the situation has changed Gundy will likely reconsider Blatnick's status.

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