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High Noon Highlights(12/14): A Thurman Thomas special

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It’s high noon...

Thurman Thomas special to premiere:

One of the greatest to play for Oklahoma State, Thurman Thomas is getting a special on the NFL Network. “A Football Life: Thurman Thomas” will take fans through the NFL career of Thomas. This looks awesome featuring teammates and players he faced. It also includes an interview with his teammate at OSU, Heisman winner Barry Sanders. DVR this if you can’t watch.

Justice Hill Draft evaluation:
The Draft Network broke down six different draft prospects, including Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill. Here’s what they had to say...

Hill’s been a steady back across 3 seasons for Oklahoma State but I’m surprised he wasn’t utilized more in the passing game where I think he will factor in heavily in the NFL. He caught 49 passes across 3 seasons as the feature back for the Cowboys but he is capable of so much more. His hands are good enough but those same elusive traits that make defenders look silly tying to tackle Hill in space show up as a route runner. Further increasing HIll’s value is the fact that he’s actually sound in pass pro.

I’m not sure Hill is ever going to be a true workhorse back for an NFL rushing attack but he has what it takes to be a highly valuable piece in a rotation that offers a multifaceted skill set.

I think he’s spot on.

Oh what could have been...

Atlon Sports took at look at some teams that were denied their shot at a National Title. Of course you can’t do this without mentioning 2011 Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys’ only blemish was a 37-31 double-overtime loss to a solid Iowa State team in Ames the day after their women’s basketball coach and assistant died in a plane crash. Nevertheless, the BCS scored Alabama and LSU higher even though the Tigers beat the Crimson Tide earlier that season. So Oklahoma State beat No. 4 Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl and LSU and Bama played in a rematch, with the Tide becoming the first school to win a national championship without even winning its division.

Curtis Jones is ready for Sunday:

Indiana transfer Curtis Jones is expected to be eligible to play in Sunday’s game against Nebraska. Listen to this interview and tell me this kid isn’t itching to get back on the hardwood?

Cowboy Football shines off the field:

Cowboy Football was recognized for their work in the classroom. The American Football Coaches Association gave them the Academic Achievement Award. They were one of five schools to be given the honor, with at 1.000 APR. That’s a perfect score. Justice Hill was named Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year and Academic All-American by COSIDA.