STILLWATER — Jason Jones knew he would have his hands full this fall.
The Oklahoma State cornerbacks coach had three true freshman cornerbacks arriving on campus and was faced with replacing Perrish Cox and Terrance Anderson, OSU's starting cornerbacks in 2009.
So Jones came up with a plan. OSU's three returning cornerbacks (Andrew McGee, Brodrick Brown and Andrae May) would mentor the incoming cornerbacks (Devin Hedgepeth, Justin Gilbert and Larry Stephens). McGee took Hedgepeth, Brown took Gilbert and May took Stephens.
"Those are three older guys who have taken the younger guys and said that guy is a direct reflection of me," Jones said. "So he's going to know his business on and off the field."
From the time the newcomers stepped on campus, the older players have shown the freshmen everything it takes — from going to class, to spending time watching film, to taking every practice rep seriously.
"I thank Coach Jones for that (idea)," McGee said. "He set it up pretty nice."
McGee and Hedgepeth have bonded to the point McGee calls the freshman from Derby, Kan., "my little brother" and has taken the youngster on speaking engagements with him.
"When I'm going anywhere to speak, he's the first one I want to call," McGee said.
Brown and Gilbert have bonded thanks to similar interests.
"I pay close attention to him," Brown said. "I want him to do his job and be ready to play, to rise to the occasion if it comes his way. I want to give my knowledge to him so when I leave, he can be better than I was."