Cowboys receiver crafts talent on jump ball

By Scott Wright Modified: September 2, 2008 at 11:14 am •  Published: September 2, 2008
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“We knew (OSU) couldn’t sustain that,” OU co-defensive coordinator Brent Venables said at the time. “Ultimately, you’re not going to lose games when the other team is just throwing it up there like that.”

“There was nothing magical in what they were doing,” added co-defensive coordinator Bo Pelini after that game. “Just drop back, run a guy upfield and throw the ball up in the air.” Pelini’s description makes it sound simple. That’s because it is.

“It’s kind of backyard football,” Gundy said. “Back when coach (Les) Miles was here, we were effective running the ball, so everybody jumped in the box on us and left Rashaun out there by himself.

“We decided we had to take advantage of that, because we had a really good player out there. In most cases, he was probably better at what he did than the cornerback.”

Bryant seems to be coming into his own as a playmaker. And he possesses a quality that makes him special now and — if he can sustain it — will always make him unique in this game, says Gundy.

“Dez is fearless,” he said. “Dez will go up and get the ball at any time and he’ll go across the middle at any time. The guys that perform fearless out there on the edge can play for a long time.

“There’s just a few guys, even in the NFL, that have played fearless. Up to this point, Dez will still do that. That’s why he’s a little bit different than other guys right now.”


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