Gundy and OSU Football Team Honored by State Senate

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:15 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Mar 8, 2011 1:52 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY—Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy as well players Dan Bailey and Justin Blackmon were honored Tuesday at the Oklahoma state Senate.

The Senate on Monday approved three resolutions congratulating Gundy and his players on their accomplishments.

“We’re very proud of everything this team accomplished on the field this season,” said Sen. Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater. “More importantly, we’re grateful for the way they admirably represented their state and University.”

Coach Gundy was honored as the Big 12 Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award as well as the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year award.

The Cowboys finished the 2010 season with an 11-2 record, the most successful season in school history.

“The accomplishments of this team and coaching staff are a tremendous source of pride for our state,” Halligan said. “I want to congratulate them on their well-deserved postseason honors. I’m particularly pleased Justin Blackmon has chosen to return to OSU next year to further his education and lead the Cowboys to another great season.”

Blackmon set multiple new Oklahoma State records in 2010 with 1,782 receiving yards, 20 touchdown catches and 111 receptions. He was also named the nation’s best collegiate receiver when he received the Biletnikoff Award. Blackmon was also the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-America selection.

Bailey set a school record with 27 field goals in the 2010 season, converting 182 consecutive extra point attempts. He finished his career as the fifth leading scorer in Big 12 history. Bailey was named the Lou Groza Award winner as the nation’s top collegiate kicker, and was honored as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year.

OSU began its spring practice on Monday and it will end April 16 with the annual Orange-White game scheduled for 2 p.m.