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High (After)Noon Highlights (1/6): Jim Knowles will remain at Oklahoma State

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Jim Knowles doesn’t take Illinois job:

Oklahoma State is safe from Illinois from stealing another one of their coaches. Jim Knowles will remain at Oklahoma State according to a report.

Knowles reportedly interviewed for Illinois’ defensive coordinator spot, but Illinois is hiring Missouri’s Ryan Walters, according to Football Scoop.

Knowles just finished his third season in Stillwater, where Oklahoma State’s third-down defense was the best in the nation. The Cowboys’ opponents converted on just 26.5% of their third-down attempts this season.

The Cowboys’ defense also allowed just 379 yards of total offense a game. It was the first time since 2013 where the Cowboys allowed fewer than 400 yards a game. The 23.5 points the Pokes allowed per game are also the fewest OSU has allowed since 2013. {PFB}

Should Blackmon have won the Heisman in 2010?:

Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith won the Heisman Trophy. After the win, Pokes Report took a look at an Oklahoma State Wide Receiver, Justin Blackmon.

Now, let’s take a look at Justin Blackmon’s and Cam Newton’s stats, the player who won the 2010 Heisman Trophy.

Blackmon hauled in 111 catches for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns. If we take a look at Newton, he completed 66% of his passes that season for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns with seven interceptions. While he threw for more touchdowns than Lawrence did, he threw more interceptions than Lawrence and had less yards than him as well.

Blackmon ended up winning the Biletnikoff Award in both 2010 and 2011, the first and last receiver to do so, and he was also a unanimous All-American during those two seasons as well. There really wasn’t even a question that he was the best receiver in the country and one of the best overall football players as well. {Pokes Report}

John Smith to be featured in Podcast:

The Podcast “Wrestling Changed My Life” is doing a feature on John Smith which looks like it’s gonna be amazing. Check out this preview.

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