STILLWATER â€” Brodrick Brown's hits are a popular topic of conversation at Oklahoma State.
His YouTube hits.
The Cowboy cornerback has become a cyberspace sensation since turning a pass intended for the first row of seats into an interception. It happened late in the first half of the Bedlam game. While falling out of bounds, he batted the ball back into the field of play and into the hands of teammate Shaun Lewis.
The play has been watched nearly 4 million times on YouTube.
â€œIt's an awesome feeling,â€ Brown said of his stardom, â€œbut ... I was just lucky to be there.â€
Right place right time?
But Brown still had to make the play, still had to take advantage of the opportunity.
That he did that with a play for the ages should come as no surprise. Making the most of every chance is the reason why he's emerged as one of the Cowboys' most exciting young players, why he's going into the Alamo Bowl as a player to watch, why he's gone from unknown reserve to highlight phenom.
A year ago today, Brown was hardly on the radar of even the orangiest of Cowboy fans.
Then, Perrish Cox got suspended.
The day before the Cotton Bowl, the senior cornerback was suspended for violating curfew. Add the fact that Andrew McGee and Victor Johnson were hurt, and the task of defending Mississippi's passing attack grew even taller.
Cowboy coaches decided to start Brown.
Cowboy followers said, â€œWho?â€
Brown understands the question.
â€œA year ago,â€ he said, â€œI was just a person on the roster.â€
Even though he was a reserve the first six games, he battled an elbow injury the remainder of the regular season. He practiced sparingly for nearly two months.
He was still limited during bowl workouts. The week before, he was wearing a green jersey in practice, signaling no contact.
Brown admits he questioned how he'd perform in the Cotton Bowl with such limited preparation.
His teammates had no such doubts.
â€œI had so much faith in him because I'd seen it in him,â€ McGee said. â€œHe knew he had to step up.â€
Ole Miss took a couple deep shots in Brown's direction, but none found their mark. He finished the game with three tackles and one pass breakup.
That performance gave him a surge of confidence and a springboard into this season.
He has 70 tackles, eight pass breakups, two interceptions and one interception assist this season.
â€œWhen an opportunity comes your way, you've just got to take advantage of it,â€ Brown said, â€œand that's what I did.â€
The redshirt sophomore was talking about his emergency duty in the Cotton Bowl, but he could've just as easily been talking about his Bedlam bravado.
Brown had dropped back in coverage when he saw Sooner quarterback Landry Jones scramble to his right. He'd been flushed out of the pocket, looked to be in trouble and decided to throw away the ball.
But Brown noticed that it hadn't been thrown all that high.
â€œHmm,â€ he thought, â€œwhy don't I jump up and see if I can get this?â€
But as he leapt, he realized there was a problem. Even if he caught the ball, he was falling out of bounds and was going to land there.
Brown noticed Lewis out of the corner of his eye, so he batted the ball in that direction.
The rest is YouTube history.
â€œFor him to have the awareness to do it ... â€ Cowboy safety Markelle Martin said shaking his head, â€œit's something you would see more in a basketball game.â€
McGee said, â€œHe's not as big as most corners, but he plays with so much heart.â€
Remind you of any other Cowboy corners?
Neither R.W. McQuarters nor Darrent Williams nor Jacob Lacey reached 6-feet tall, but all three reached the NFL. Vernon Grant might've joined them but for a car accident that claimed his life before his senior season.
Brown, 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, is another in the line of undersized but gifted defensive backs.
â€œHe's small, but he has a lot of fight in him,â€ Martin said. â€œHe's going to go hard at practice all the time. He's never going to take a play off. He's just going to continue to work hard.â€
That style earned him a nickname: Pitbull.
Lately, though, he's got a new nickname.
Brown is sure to be nominated for play of the year when ESPN's annual awards show rolls around. Even though he might be trumped by what Philadelphia Eagles return man DeSean Jackson did this past weekend with his last-second, game-winning punt return for a touchdown, the Cowboys are having some fun with Brown's newfound fame.
â€œYou get the ESPY Award,â€ they'll joke, â€œand you don't have to do anything the rest of the year.â€
Brown laughs along, but he knows the truth.
â€œI'm way more â€˜Pitbull' than â€˜ESPY',â€ he said.
That grit has made him into the player he is today, YouTube hits and all. That tenacity has transformed him from role player into that guy.
Without that fight, there is no highlight.
REWIND: THE PLAY
Oklahoma State defensive back Brodrick Brown made the play of the college football season during the Bedlam game. He batted a would-be thrown-away pass back to teammate Shaun Lewis for an interception.
While almost 4 million people have watched the play on YouTube, several of Brown's teammates had a closer view.
Here's what they saw:
ANDREW MCGEE, CORNERBACK
â€œI was on the opposite side of the field, and I saw him make the play, throw it in, and when I noticed Shaun caught it, I just took off running for (Brown). I'm more excited probably than most people because that's like my best friend. To see him make that play ... it's just awesome.
â€œI don't know how many times I've watched it. It's just so cool to see that. It's an unbelievable play.â€
MARKELLE MARTIN, SAFETY
â€œI was actually behind him. I was trying to bait a throw to actually come up and pick it myself, but I guess the quarterback saw me and he was just trying to throw it away. Brodrick, he jumped pretty high. We always kid around with him about not being able to jump and being short, but he got up on that.
â€œI was like, â€˜That can't be legal.' To actually go out of the way to tip it back ... it was kind of shocking. I was waiting to see if they would challenge it or something. I didn't know whether to celebrate or not.â€
SHANE JARKA, DEFENSIVE TACKLE
â€œI was on the other side of the field, and I started jogging off the field. I was like, â€˜He threw it out of bounds, right?' Then I was like, â€˜Why is everyone running? Oh, man ... '
â€œI honestly didn't know we had the ball. I thought there was no way. That blew my mind.â€
ORIE LEMON, LINEBACKER
â€œI was actually behind Shaun Lewis. I was 3 yards behind Shaun. I was like, â€˜Wow, did that really just happen?'
â€œI knew it was going to be on the Top 10, and it was No. 1.â€