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.