Justin Blackmon on OSU’s receiving legacy: There’s more to comee

Justin Blackmon on OSU’s receiving legacy: There’s more to comee

One of the best wide receivers in OSU history, Justin Blackmon spoke at a ceremony inducting him into the OSU Athletics Hall of Honor. Blackmon is an OSU legend, but an NFL bust.

Mike Koehler

By Mike Koehler

| Sep 16, 2023, 5:48pm CDT

Mike Koehler

By Mike Koehler

Sep 16, 2023, 5:48pm CDT

STILLWATER — Justin Blackmon, one of the best receivers in Oklahoma State history, was inducted into the Oklahoma State Athletics Hall of Honor on Friday night. He was to be honored at OSU’s game Saturday against South Alabama.

Blackmon was among college football’s elite pass catchers during his time with the Cowboys, winning back-to-back Biletnikoff Award in his final two seasons. 

Blackmon was selected fifth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft but only played 20 games in the league following suspensions for violating the league’s drug policy.

On Friday night, Blackmon made a rare public appearance and talked about his time at OSU.

“We take a lot of pride in there being great receivers,” Blackmon said, when asked about OSU’s reputation of being Wide Receiver U. “There’ll be a lot of great ones come later.”

In 2010, he was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, the first time the award was ever given to a wide receiver. He was an All-American that year, with 111 receptions for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns.  He was even better the next season, with 121 receptions to lead the Big 12 and rank second nationally, while totaling 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns. 

Also inducted Friday in OSU Athletics Hall of Honor were David “Buddy” Arndt (wrestling), Rickie Fowler (men’s golf), Yolanda Odenyo (soccer), Coach Ann Pitts (women’s golf) and Shelby Wilson (wrestling).

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Mike Koehler is the founder of Sellout Crowd. Mike spent more than 15 years in journalism before starting Smirk New Media, a digital marketing agency, in 2010. Mike is a graduate of Missouri State University and lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Gaylee and three kids. Mike can be found on social media at @mkokc on Twitter and most everything else.

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