STILLWATER — Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox gets a big smile on his face when he’s asked about the "D-Block.”
"We just us,” he says of his fellow Oklahoma State secondary members. "We’re real close. We been playing together for a long time.”
Linebacker Orie Lemon overhears Cox gushing and interrupts with a teasing "Booo.”
"The D-Block, they fast, but I think I can get them in the 40 times,” Lemon says.
This, of course, fires up the competition.
"We wrestle against the linebackers, D-line, can’t nobody beat us,” Cox counters. "Can’t nobody beat us.”
On Saturday, Oklahoma State’s secondary — which nicknamed itself the "D-Block” last season — will be seriously tested by Colt McCoy, the hottest quarterback in the country, and the Longhorns’ receivers. If McCoy "can’t beat” the D-Block, OSU’s odds of beating the country’s No. 1 team improve dramatically.
Previously one of the most maligned groups on the team — the Cowboys were 112th in pass defense last season — the secondary gained confidence when it held Chase Daniel and Missouri’s prolific offense to 23 points two weeks ago.
But its camaraderie is the result of years of hard work without much payoff.
The secondary is one of the tightest-knit groups on the team, anchored by four outgoing seniors from Texas — T.J. Bell, Quinton Moore, Ricky Price and Jacob Lacey – who are borderline inseparable.