Monday, January 2, 2012
Gundy not shy about assessing Weeden
By David Ubben
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Brandon Weeden owns nearly every major passing record in Oklahoma State history, and is 22-3 as a starter.
The team around him is better than what predecessors like Zac Robinson played with, but coach Mike Gundy, another former Oklahoma State quarterback, made it clear that the team's rise has been paralleled by Weeden's, too.
"I don't think there is any question he will finish as, in my opinion, what's the best quarterback that's ever played at Oklahoma State," Gundy said.
His impact, too, spread off the field and in the community, too. Weeden, as the quarterback, also spent this season doing an unprecedented amount of media interviews, and the 28-year-old has been known to hold his own with reporters after games for 30 minutes or longer.
"He's been a great ambassador," Gundy said. "He has been tremendous with the people. He's graduated. He's won a number of games. I think the football part of it speaks for itself, but what he's brought to the table from a leadership standpoint and the way he has handled himself out there with the public and the Oklahoma State people and the media has been tremendous."
He'll suit up tonight in his final game, and his age likely means he'll hear his name called in April's NFL draft later than if he were the same age as most draft entrants.
"The best years are ahead. He's 28 now and I think he has the body of a 22-year-old," Gundy said. "He's healthy, and I see him doing this for six or eight more years and really being a valuable asset to somebody's organization."