Brandon Weeden opened today’s press conference with a classic line, saying he was there to announce “Justin Blackmon is coming back to Oklahoma State, and so am I.”
Fitting, since the fate of Oklahoma State’s quarterback and star wide receiver are so intertwined.
For Weeden, the decision to forgo the NFL Draft and return for his senior season had little to do with the much-discussed age factor. Weeden turns 28 in October. He’s already old by NFL rookie standards. And the former Edmond Santa Fe High School star has told hometown friends that NFL sources say it’s too late to do anything about that.
In the end, Weeden’s decision came down to Blackmon’s decision. Weeden told Edmond confidants that if Justin Blackmon had entered the NFL Draft, he was likely to follow. Fortunately for Oklahoma State, its hopes of luring another top-flight offensive coordinator and its 2011 Big 12 title hopes, Blackmon decided to stay.