Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State QB Weeden, a 26-year-old former minor league baseball player in the New York Yankees system, takes over at quarterback for the departed Zac Robinson.
1. What’s it like being one of the older players in the locker room?
It’s not really much different. I don’t think a lot of guys really know how old I am, unless you told them. I’m 26, but I feel like I’m 18. I just try and blend in. I don’t want to be the guy who sticks out.
2. How do you think your experience in pro baseball will help you?
I think mostly it will help with slowing the game down. It’s important to slow things down when you get excited. I tell everybody that I’ve given up plenty of home runs in my day. You do that, you have to step off the mound. It’s the same thing as a quarterback.
3. Do you have enough playmakers?
Yeah, I do. I feel very comfortable with those guys. They don’t get a lot of pub. I wish they would. This offense is good because it’s short passes and get the ball in space. Justin Blackmon, if he didn’t have an 81 on his jersey, you would think he was Dez (Bryant). Tracy Moore, Justin Horton, those guys in the slot. Obviously Josh Cooper, who runs better routes than anybody I’ve ever seen. We just need more reps.”
4. What was the Colorado game like for you? Were you surprised you led the team to a victory?
No, I wasn’t surprised. Not to sound cocky, but I kind of expected it. It was kind of my turn and my opportunity. Once they told me I was going in at halftime, I was excited. I told the guys around me we were going to win.
5. What’s a significant difference between you at 26 and you at 18?
I don’t take things for granted. I never want to go back and say, ‘What if?’ I start to preach that now. I tell them four years are going to fly by. Don’t take things for granted. Work hard every day. I can say this because I’m not pitching in the big leagues right now. I didn’t really work as hard as I should have. Looking back I think maybe things would be different. I don’t want to ever have that again.