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.