Ask Brodrick Brown about OSU's fastest cornerback and he'll point to himself, not teammate Justin Gilbert.
Brown is always competing.
“I don't know that anybody can outrun Justin,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young. “But that shows you the kind of competitor Brodrick is.
“Everybody calls him ‘Bulldog.' I call him ‘Pit bull.' He's just so aggressive. I've never owned a pit bull, but I wouldn't want to get in a dogfight with a pit bull, would you?
“He's just so aggressive, reckless out there. He has no regard for his own safety.”
Young said he'll gladly keep both of his corners, at least until the NFL takes them away.
And both project to play at the next level.
“I'm the last guy to know if that's the case,” Young said, “but somebody's got to look at them. We're playing the best receivers in the country. And they're doing a good job against them, so I don't know what else you've got to do.”
DEFENSE WINS SECOND SCRIMMAGE
In OSU’s scrimmage last week, the offense had the advantage after an evening of efficiency and big plays.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said that flipped Saturday, with the defense playing aggressively early in the Cowboys’ second scrimmage.
“Last week (the defense) started slow, and then the snowball got going downhill,” Gundy said. “They never could really do anything about it. (Saturday), they started faster and played well and forced a couple turnovers and got the momentum on their side.”
With classes beginning Monday, the two-a-day portion of camp is over. The Cowboys will have a mock game this coming Saturday before moving into game prep mode for the season opener against Savannah State on Sept. 1.
O-LINEMEN REMAIN OLD SCHOOL
As OSU's offense has evolved through several forms of the spread, the emphasis has turned away from a power running personality and more and more toward passing and finesse.
Still, for the Cowboys' offense, there's still nothing like gouging a hole for a big running play.
“Oh, definitely,” said OSU tackle Parker Graham. “Obviously, we pass a lot. But being linemen, we like to run block more than anything. Busting out 20-yard gains, 40-yard gains, that's where we like to make our money.”
The Cowboys' offensive front earned its keep a year ago, paving the way for 21 runs of 20 yards or longer by backs. Twelve of those came on touchdown drives.
GILBERT HUMBLED BY HOSPITAL VISITS
During the summer, Cowboys players took several visits to hospitals, visiting sick kids and hoping to provide at least some temporary cheer.
For Gilbert, it was his first time to participate.
“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “Getting to see the smiles on those kids' faces, it was a great experience.”
Gilbert said the experience was also humbling.
“Some of those kids who are not able to physically do the things that we do, and who look up to us, it opens your heart to want to give back to those kids. You walk in and see some of those kids going through so much and you just lose it.
“But you also want to be strong. It's heartbreaking, but you've got to show support.”