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OSU football notebook: Markelle Martin recalls success at Alamo, Cotton bowls

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL — Markelle Martin was named the Defensive MVP of the Alamo Bowl last season, and the year before he had a big hit on Ole Miss' Jevan Snead.
BY GINA MIZELL AND JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writers, gmizell@opubco.com, jcarlson@opubco.com Published: December 28, 2011

Markelle Martin has had a knack for making impact plays in bowl games.

In last season's Alamo Bowl against Arizona, he returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown and was named the game's Defensive MVP. The year before that, he had a monster hit on Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead on an interception return by Lucien Antoine in the Cotton Bowl.

What's so special about those bowl games?

“I don't know,” Martin said. “I just go out there and have fun. It defines the moment of the game. Lucky for me, I had the opportunities and made the most of them.

“That's what we preach — go out there and make your plays.”

LUCK WON'T BET HE'LL BE FIRST DRAFT PICK

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is almost a sure bet to be the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL Draft.

But don't tell Luck that.

“Who knows if I'll be the first pick or not?” Luck said. “There's a lot of time till then. I don't really think about it, to be honest.”

When a reporter said he would bet Luck $1 that he would indeed be taken first, Luck joked, “I can't do that. I'm an NCAA student-athlete.”

TULSA INTERCEPTION TOPS BRODRICK BROWN'S LIST

Brodrick Brown became a YouTube sensation when he leapt into the Oklahoma sideline last season and batted a Landry Jones pass to Shaun Lewis for an interception.

He's continued to have a flair for the spectacular play this season. Of Brown's five interceptions this season, three required exceptional athleticism.

He read a route and jumped in front of Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller to snag the pick. He came out of nowhere against Tulsa to run down the interception. He leapt into the air and won the battle with OU's Jaz Reynolds for the ball in the end zone.

Brown's favorite interception? The one against Tulsa.

“People talk about the Tulsa one,” Brown said. “They were like, ‘Where did you come from?' and things like that. I think on that play, I showed some speed. It was a trick play, and I came a long way to get that interception.”

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