Bassett dons a dress — for charity
One guy who was a bit apprehensive when photos of Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills in a purple dress surfaced on the Internet? Oklahoma State defensive end Cooper Bassett.
“I was like, ‘Great, I hope no one makes fun of my pictures,'” Bassett said.
Yep, Bassett has his own dress photos.
It was all for charity, however.
Bassett, like many OSU players, is involved with the Coaches vs. Cancer program, where he has particularly formed a bond with young patient Taylor Brandt. So when the Children's Hospital Foundation was looking for guys to dress up like ladies and collect donations on The Strip in Stillwater during a dance marathon fundraiser in February, Bassett was all for it.
“I'm one who doesn't get embarrassed very often,” Bassett said.
And how did Bassett think he looked in the dress?
“I'd like to say I've got some curves on me,” Bassett said with a laugh. “I filled it out pretty nicely. The people that were in charge of getting the dresses for dance marathon, kudos to them for finding the perfect fit for me.”
The dance marathon raised more than $37,000.
SI recognizes Sharp, Brown
Cowboys kicker/punter Quinn Sharp and cornerback Brodrick Brown were each named to Sports Illustrated's preseason All-America team Thursday.
Sharp was selected as the first-team kicker, while Brown made the second team.
Position watch: Safety
With 2011 leading tackler Daytawion Lowe returning at free safety, one of the Cowboys' two safety spots is secure.
Beyond Lowe, however, competition is raging.
Former cornerback Larry Stephens has joined Zack Craig in backing up Lowe, while Lavocheya Cooper and Shamiel Gary are battling to replace Markelle Martin at strong safety.
“The last couple days,” said safeties coach Van Malone, “Shamiel's gotten a few more reps and has really capitalized on those opportunities. It's like I told them in the spring, it's a competition in the spring, it's a competition in the fall.
“Even though I say right now Daytawion Lowe is out front, the minute somebody starts to produce and surpasses him, they'll be rolling with the first team.”
Malone said that the move of Stephens was due to “injury and insurance purposes,” adding that it wasn't permanent, although Stephens has shown him an ability to handle the position.