The No. 2 Oklahoma State golf team will have a new player for the spring season: Brandon Weeden, the Cowboys’ All-Big 12 quarterback.
Weeden and All-American wide receiver Justin Blackmon announced Wednesday they would return to Oklahoma State for the 2011 football season. Weeden also Tweeted, “I forgot to mention I’m also the newest member of the OSU golf team!!!! Proud to be part of something special! Football and Golf!!!!”
Oklahoma State head coach Mike McGraw was unsure the status of Weeden’s game after recently completing the football season, but said Weeden will have a positive impact on the team.
“He’s really good friends with the guys on the golf team,” McGraw told Golfweek. “There’s nothing silly about this at all.
“He loves the game. He’ll do everything he can to be better. He’s a good leader. He’s just a really, really sollid individual and a great kid. I think he’ll be a great guy for my guys to be around, the way he takes care of his business.”
Weeden was Oklahoma State’s first all-conference quarterback of the modern era. In his first year as a starter, the Edmond, Okla., product set school records with 34 touchdown passes, 4,277 passing yards and 4,209 yards of total offense. He set a single-game passing record of 435 yards against Baylor. His 337 passing yards per game ranked third in the NCAA in 2010, and he finished fourth nationally in touchdown passes. His passing-efficiency rating of 154.1 led the Big 12.
Oklahoma State finished 14th in the final Bowl Championship Series standings, then beat Arizona in the Alamo Bowl to finish 11-2.
Weeden also was a second-round selection by the New York Yankees in the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. He was a member of the New York-Penn League (Class A) All-Star team as pitcher, and later traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Weeden, 27, came to Oklahoma State in 2007.
Oklahoma State’s cross-state rival, Oklahoma, has had accomplished golfers under center in Nate Hybl, the brother of former Georgia All-American golfer Ryan Hybl, and current St. Louis Rams starter Sam Bradford.