After suffering several deep burns in the Aug. 11 scrimmage, the OSU defense bounced back to claim a “victory” in Saturday's second scrimmage.
One difference: the return of cornerback Brodrick Brown.
Brown had been held out of the first clash with a minor injury, with the offense taking advantage of young replacements.
“The biggest thing is we were able to get Brodrick Brown back,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young. “We've got some healthier guys in the secondary, which means a ton.
“We had some young guys that let the receivers get behind them, and we weren't getting nearly the pressure. We got just a tiny bit better pressure, but a lot better coverage.”
Added safety Daytawion Lowe: “Last week, they got a lot of deep balls on us. I think we corrected that. We did a lot of work this week in practice to get better at that.”
LOWE USES TRASH TALK AS AN OUTLET
Cowboys practices and scrimmages aren't overly physical, with tackling to the ground all but outlawed in an attempt to keep injuries and wear and tear to a minimum.
For a known striker like safety Lowe, it can be frustrating.
“It's hard for me, but I do a lot of talking,” Lowe said, “so that just calms me down a lot. I just talk to make up for not hitting them.”
ANDERSON FEELS MORE COMFORTABLE
While much of the offensive focus has centered around true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt, much of the preseason buzz among the Cowboys is directed at wideout Isaiah Anderson.
Now a senior, Anderson appears ready to make the most of his most prominent role yet.
“Last season, with Hubert Anyiam in front of me, I was kind of that backup guy and knew I had to step in and make plays if he wasn't able to,” Anderson said. “Now he handed me the stick and I'll go and take it on my own.
“I'm taking it full on and making sure I get better.”
In turn, he should ensure that he's more involved.
“I've got a bigger piece of the pie now,” Anderson said. “I'm going to be counted on more this season than I was in my previous two. I'm ready to step up to the challenge.”
OPPONENT WATCH: SAVANNAH STATE
OSU's opening opponent, Savannah State, struggled offensively in its Saturday night scrimmage.
The Tigers' No. 1 offense didn't register a first down through its first three series and managed but one field goal overall, with freshman defensive end Andrew Gardner leading the way with three sacks and another quarterback pressure, according to the Savannah Morning News.
One of the offensive highlights came from backup wideout Angelo Cauley, a sophomore who scored for the second team on a 21-yard touchdown catch.
“We keep harping on it,” Tigers coach Steve Davenport told the paper, “we're really, really young. But we think the young guys we have are going to be really good.”