Oklahoma state Senate honors Cowboys

March, 9, 2011
The Oklahoma state Senate honored Oklahoma State's national award winners on Tuesday.

Coach Mike Gundy won a pair of national coaching awards, Justin Blackmon was the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's best receiver and Dan Bailey won the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's best kicker.

Together, they helped Oklahoma State finish 11-2, the most wins in school history.

The senate also approved three resolutions to honor the Cowboys on their accomplishments.

"We’re very proud of everything this team accomplished on the field this season,” Sen. Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater, said in a release. "More importantly, we’re grateful for the way they admirably represented their state and University. We’re honored to welcome Coach Gundy and these two exceptional student-athletes to the Senate Chamber."

Blackmon also won the Big 12 Offensive player of the year and his 111 receptions, 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns were all school records. Dan Bailey's 27 field goals were also a school record.

"These guys have gained national recognition, but they are good people and what they have accomplished both on and off the field is very neat," Gundy said in a statement. "We’re very excited about Oklahoma State football and it was a privilege for us to be (at the State House). We’re proud to be at Oklahoma State and we’re proud to be Oklahomans."

He later added: "I want to congratulate them on their well-deserved postseason honors. I’m particularly pleased Justin Blackmon has chosen to return to OSU next year to further his education and lead the Cowboys to another great season."



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