STILLWATER, Okla. – A trio of Oklahoma State seniors will compete in post-season all-star games in the coming weeks. Kicker Dan Bailey and linebacker Orie Lemon will both suit up for the East team in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 22 and running back Kendall Hunter will play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Both games will be televised by the Network.
Bailey won the Lou Groza Award as America’s top kicker this season and was also tabbed as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year. He entered the program as a walk-on and leaves as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 370 points. His 27 field goals in 2010 set a single-season school record and he finished his senior season ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring with 11.6 points per game.
Lemon was a first-team all-Big 12 selection by both the coaches and the Associated Press as a senior. He finished the season ranked 12th in the nation with 133 total tackles and third nationally with 101 solo stops. His 133 tackles were the most by a Cowboy since 1985 (James Ham had 134 that year) and set the 12th-best mark in school history. A converted quarterback, Lemon became Oklahoma State’s first all-conference linebacker since 2003.
A two-time consensus All-American and a finalist for the 2010 Doak Walker Award given to America’s top running back, Kendall Hunter was the runner-up to teammate Justin Blackmon as the 2010 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He finished his career as the fourth-leading rusher in Oklahoma State history with 4,181 yards and is fourth in school history with 37 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 5.91 yards per rush for his career. Additionally, he finished his career ranked third all-time at with 20 games of more than 100 rushing yards. He also excelled off the field, earning academic all-Big 12 honors and earning a spot on the list of finalists for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which is given to student-athletes who excel in the classroom and in the community in addition to their success on the field.