Oklahoma State's Weeden To Play In Senior Bowl

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 5:51 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden will play in the Senior Bowl later this month in Mobile, Alabama.

The university released the news Thursday saying that Weeden will play on the south squad.

The game will take place Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Other notable quarterbacks include Arizona's Nick Foles, and San Diego State's Ryan Lindley. Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was previously announced to the South roster, will not be able to participate in the Senior Bowl due to an injury he sustained while training for the event.

"It's exciting. I'm excited about the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the country. It's a huge honor to get an invite and it's a good quarterback class and I'm just happy to be a part of the six," said Weeden.

The Edmond, Okla., native was named a second team All-Big 12 selection in 2011 after leading the Cowboys to a 12-1 record this season including a Fiesta Bowl victory over Stanford.

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Weeden was a Manning Award finalist this season and ranked in the top five in every major passing category, including second in passing yards (4,727), second in passing yards per game (363.6), third in total offense (355.8 ypg), third in completions per game (31.4) and fourth in touchdown passes (37).

He set the Oklahoma State single-season records for passing yards, total offense (4,625 yds), attempts (564), completions (408) and touchdown passes.

"I think we've identified three solid quarterback prospects in Brandon Weeden, Nick Foles and Ryan Lindley," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "All three guys are 6'4" and above and all possess tremendous arm strength and the leadership abilities that NFL clubs are looking for. We're excited about bringing them here to the Senior Bowl to compete at the highest level."

Weeden leaves Stillwater as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (9,260), attempts (1,102), completions (766) and touchdown passes (75). He also holds the school mark for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (24) and passing yards in a game (502). The 28-year old former professional baseball player totaled 16 career 300-yard passing games and seven 400-yard games.

"I think my age is a huge plus for me. I think that the team (that drafts me) is going to get a mature guy and maybe the learning curve won't be as huge for me," said Weeden. " I'm going to use it to my advantage and I think teams will look at it as a positive, rather than a negative."