3-18-2012 weeden

Randy Byford, left poses with former OSU Quarterback Brandon Weeden Saturday afternoon during an autograph session at Byford Auto Group in Chickasha.

For Brandon Weeden, the past couple of months have been anything but ordinary.

After leading Oklahoma State to its first ever Big 12 championship and following it up with OSU’s first ever BCS bowl victory, the Oklahoma City native has been busy preparing for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Saturday afternoon, Weeden paid a visit to Byford Auto Group in Chickasha, where he was signing autographs and putting smiles on faces of waiting OSU fans. He also took some time to answer questions about what he’s been doing since making history in the desert.

On November 26, 2011 the Cowboys locked up the Big 12 championship with a 44-10 victory in Bedlam over the Sooners. A little more than a month later, Weeden and his team went toe-to-toe with Andrew Luck and Stanford, ultimately emerging with a 41-38 victory in the Fiesta Bowl. Weeden said those two games provided him with some memories which will last a lifetime.

“Beating Oklahoma was very special for all of us,” Weeden said. “Then beating a great Stanford team in a BCS game was pretty special as well. When you win 12 games in a season and finish in the top three in the country, and you do all the things you did, there’s a lot to remember.”

Three potential Cowboys are trying to claim the spot left by Weeden at quarterback. Junior Clint Chelf, and freshmen J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt. Weeden said from what he has heard, it’s anyone’s guess who is going to be under center next season for OSU.

“Clint obviously has the most experience and has a better grasp of the offense,” he said. “He’s got a chance to be a great player. J.W. is athletic and can make plays with his feet as well as make throws. I wouldn’t even bet on it. Whoever comes out in the first few weeks of practice and impresses needs to run with it.” 

With the hectic process that is the NFL draft, Weeden said he’s mainly been trying to relax as much as possible, on top of showcasing why he would be a good fit for potential teams.

“I’ve been working out a little bit for some teams, just throwing the ball a lot, but mainly I’ve tried to give my body a break from going full speed,” Weeden said Saturday. “I was gone for a couple of months, so I’ve been spending time with my wife and playing a little golf as well.”

Perhaps the most intriguing storyline in the NFL right now is where Peyton Manning will sign his name. Many are suggesting depending on where the former Super Bowl winner lands could have an effect on where Weeden gets drafted. But, the former OSU standout doesn’t seem to be too worried about it.

“I don’t watch it on television, but I’ll pay attention to what he’s (Manning) doing,” Weeden said. “He’s one of my favorite players growing up and I’ll always kind of idolize him.

“I do realize it’s a domino effect and obviously where it signs, it will trickle down from there. This is a business and I realize that. They’re trying to sell their franchise and trying to get a feel for me at the same time. They’re doing their job.”

With Weeden being 28, much of the talk has been how effective he will be at the next level. During his pro day and senior bowl workouts, Weeden hopes he has shown that age is just a number, and that teams will pay attention to his skill set.

“My game can translate to the next level,” he said. “Coming in I needed to prove that along with my age not being an issue. I’ve done everything at each stop to help myself. Age is a non-issue. I promise you from what I’m hearing from teams, unless they’re lying to me then it’s not bothering them.”

 

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