Brodrick Brown has gone from unknown to YouTube sensation

Oklahoma State sophomore Brodrick Brown's acrobatic interception assist has his teammates thinking ESPY. But it was his play in last year's Cotton Bowl that put him on the radar.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: December 21, 2010 at 10:25 am •  Published: December 20, 2010
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STILLWATER — 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.

“It's an awesome feeling,” Brown said of his stardom, “but ... I was just lucky to be there.”

Right place right time?

Maybe.

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, “Who?”

Brown understands the question.

“A year ago,” he said, “I was just a person on the roster.”

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.

“I had so much faith in him because I'd seen it in him,” McGee said. “He knew he had to step up.”

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.

“When an opportunity comes your way, you've just got to take advantage of it,” Brown said, “and that's what I did.”

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.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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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

“I 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.

“I don't know how many times I've watched it. It's just so cool to see that. It's an unbelievable play.”

MARKELLE MARTIN, SAFETY

“I 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.

“I was like, ‘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.”

SHANE JARKA, DEFENSIVE TACKLE

“I was on the other side of the field, and I started jogging off the field. I was like, ‘He threw it out of bounds, right?' Then I was like, ‘Why is everyone running? Oh, man ... '

“I honestly didn't know we had the ball. I thought there was no way. That blew my mind.”

ORIE LEMON, LINEBACKER

“I was actually behind Shaun Lewis. I was 3 yards behind Shaun. I was like, ‘Wow, did that really just happen?'

“I knew it was going to be on the Top 10, and it was No. 1.”

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