Originally Published: Jul 27, 2010 12:25 PM CDT
Day two is off and running in Dallas at the Big 12 Football Media Days.
OSU Head Coach Mike Gundy brought three players QB Brandon Weeden, MILB Orie Lemon and DE Jamie Blatnick who handled the media scrutiny quite well.
Weeden spoke with candor, confidence and the maturity of a guy who had as Mike Gundy said, “a press conference in Yankee Stadium.” Mike brought the fact up because he likes the fact that his 26 year-old gunslinger should be able to handle adversity better than his 20 year-old mates. I tend to like most quarterbacks, especially when they love golf! Count Weeden in that group as he told me he hoped to get one more round in next week at Karsten Creek outside Stillwater. Please watch Weeden’s presser here on Oklahoma Sports.
Lemon was much more reserved. But the MLB is excited to see how he will perform coming off a serious knee injury that kept him out of action last year. Lemon spoke of his admiration for DC Billy Young and the fact that the defense plans to answer the dubious questions they hear in the hinterlands about just how good they will be in 2010.
Blatnick walked to the podium with at minimum an ample dose of confidence and an extreme amount of expectations for his defense. Blatnick actually told me he expects to win every game. But he did say for some unknown reason OSU just hasn’t gotten over that “tipping” point. He was Mr. Personality Plus and will clearly be one of the guys you will be hearing from during the season. The media tends to search out guys who can express themselves whether they can tie their shoelaces or not.
Stay with Oklahoma Sports throughout the day and week for updates for me on my blog and also informative and entertaining interviews. Specifically, great stuff regarding Texas from UT play-by-play man Craig Way; the real reason Nebraska is bolting from the Big 12 from Nebraska sportswriter Lee Barfnecht; and the perspective of the Big 12 from Dallas sportscaster Chuck Cooperstein.