WR Blackmon healthy, will be a challenge

December, 1, 2011
12/01/11
12:30
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Oklahoma will see a different Justin Blackmon on Saturday.

The Oklahoma State receiver was slowed by a ankle injury during last year’s meeting but still finished the game with eight catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. This season, the Cowboys wideout is healthy heading into the Bedlam matchup.

“I’m excited,” Blackmon said. “You don’t want to go into any game hurt. I’m healed up, ready to go.”

A healthy Blackmon should be the biggest test for the Sooners secondary. Fortunately for OU, they have two of the Big 12‘s best cornerbacks in Demontre Hurst and Jamell Fleming.

“It’s going to be a challenge for myself and Jamell,” Hurst said. “He competes in everything he does.”

Blackmon brings terrific size (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) and athleticism to the table. He is in line to win the Biletnikoff Award for the second time as the nation’s most outstanding receiver.

“He’s very physical,” Hurst said. “The main thing for me and our defense is to match what he does. We just have to match his physicalness.”

And Consider Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables thrilled that Saturday will be the final time he’ll have to deal with Justin Blackmon.

“He’s got great strength and he’s a great competitor, too,” Venables said. “He likes when the game is on the line and wants to be the guy.

“Whether you double team him, triple him, single him, it doesn’t matter. It’s usually the same results. He’s a fabulous player.”

Blackmon, a redshirt junior, will be honored during senior day activities Saturday.

Brandon Chatmon | email

Oklahoma/Big 12 reporter

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