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April 13, 2010

Cotton Bowl start has prepared CB Brown

STILLWATER, Okla. — When Brodrick Brown learned of Perrish Cox’s suspension leading into the 2010 Cotton Bowl he said he knew exactly what it entailed.

Brown would get his first career start at cornerback against Ole Miss on national television.

With a career stat line of four tackles in six games played, that amount of pressure could have understandably led to mistakes but it did no such thing to the 5-foot-8, 180-pound redshirt freshman from Houston.

Despite the Cowboys’ disappointing 21-7 loss to the Rebels, Cowboy coaches walked away from the bowl game impressed by Brown’s performance. Brown recorded three tackles and a pass breakup, nearly matching his career totals.

He hasn’t stopped impressing his coaches and teammates since.

“He did such a nice job in our bowl game and he’s just carried that right on through the spring,” defensive coordinator Bill Young said.

 OSU cornerbacks coach Jason Jones said Brown’s showing in the Cotton Bowl outlined more than his physical ability, it showed the type of competitor Brown is every day in practice.

“It says a lot about Brodrick that when he was a backup he came out in practice every day and prepared as if anything can happen and he might be in the game,” Jones said. “He got thrown with both feet into the Cotton Bowl and the Cotton Bowl was a great learning experience for him.”

Jones said Brown’s ability to rise to the occassion is just one thing OSU fans will learn to love about the sophomore-to-be, who Jones said plays bigger and tougher than his size should allow.

“I tell him all the time he’s 5’8 with high heels on but he plays big,” Jones said. “He plays like he’s 6-foot, 200 pounds. He’s physical for his size but he’s been a tremendous help for us.

“He’s tenacious.”

The tenacity Jones mentioned becomes obvious when talking to Brown, who comes across as confident but far from cocky.

“I still got a lot of work to do to becoming one of the players who will leave an Oklahoma State legacy as one of the greats at defensive back,” Brown said. “I just gotta continue to work hard and focus.

“Gotta continue to never give up, continue to never give up hope and continue to be humble.”

While Brown may be small in stature, his coaches said he is long on ability and maturity relative to his lack of game experience.

But Brown said experience isn’t about the amount of time you play, it’s how much you learn in the time you’re on the field.

“It prepared me, being the high-riser at the corner position, and getting that experience,” Brown said. “I just gotta prepare those guys that’s in our group to have confidence and I gotta take on good leadership skills and bring them up and help them out like guys did for me.”

Quarterback Brandon Weeden said Cowboy fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about the 20-year-old Brown taking on a potential starting role in 2010.

“I’ll tell you what, he’s not fun to practice against if your goal is to look good,” Weeden said. “He’s going to be a good one.”

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