April 1, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Oklahoma State football team practiced in full pads Friday in perfect weather conditions on the practice fields adjacent to Gallagher-Iba Arena.
First-year wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn visited to talk about his group of players, which is headlined by unanimous All-American and Biletnikoff Award-winner Justin Blackmon. Dunn said his goals for the receivers aren't necessarily tied to production.
"The big thing for me at the wideout position is that everybody is competing and working hard," Dunn said. "What I've seen is guys busting their tails trying to block and make plays and finish with the ball. That's what I care about. As long as those guys are out there giving it their best, that's the bottom line."
Dunn, who has experience at several schools and served as running backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 2008-09, was asked what he has learned about Blackmon that he didn't already know coming in.
"His work ethic. You don't hear as much about that as an outsider," Dunn said. "You know that he's a talented guy that made plays and had a significant contribution to the offense, but what you don't know is how hard he really practices and how many plays that he's out there during our practice time. He's a great competitor and he loves to play the game."
Dunn also talked about Hubert Anyiam, who battled injuries last year after enjoying a breakthrough season in 2009.
"Hubert has tremendous speed. He's been working hard and working through some injuries that he had in the past and he's doing a good job of putting that behind him," Dunn said. "He's starting to crank it up and losing that thought that his ankle is going to hold him back. He's starting to flourish now and have some success and getting back that style of play that he had a couple years ago. I expect some good things from him. I like his leadership on the field. He's done a great job with that."
He also talked about talented sophomore Michael Harrison, who at times last season flashed the ability to be a No. 1 receiver.
"Michael Harrison is a tough kid. He has a lot of body control, great hands and great skill," Dunn said. "He's a tough fighter and the type of guy you love having on your team. He's going to have a good season coming up this year."
Lastly, Dunn talked about his transition to Oklahoma State. He said his wife and two daughters joined him in town this week and that his daughters start school next week.
"There are a lot of friendships here and I think being in an environment like we have in Stillwater and at OSU kind of breeds that a little bit," Dunn said. "I'm excited to be part of this family and I look forward to interacting with the fans. Everywhere you go, you see Orange and it's fun. This is a great place."