STILLWATER — One outstanding play transformed Brodrick Brown into a YouTube sensation.
Now, the Oklahoma State cornerback is looking to be remembered for more than just his highlight-making play against Oklahoma during last year's Bedlam game.
Brown believes transforming his body is a step toward being even better in 2011.
“I was getting too heavy,” Brown said. “Everyone was telling me, you're getting a little thick, you're losing your speed.”
So Brown committed to changing his diet. Unhealthy foods and dairy products were out. More baked and grilled meats were in.
“He's been working hard in the offseason. He's really changed his body,” cornerbacks coach Jason Jones said. “He's a lot leaner than he was last year. He's more conscious about what he puts in his body, what he eats.”
Make no mistake, it has not been easy.
“Some days I want to just eat whatever,” Brown said. “Things look good on the training table, and I want to just throw down on it.”
But the 5-foot-9 Brown has resisted the urge to cheat on his diet. He has slimmed to 182 pounds after beginning the 2010 season at 190 pounds.
Brown finished the season tied with Justin Gent as the Cowboys' second-leading tackler with 77 stops in 13 games. But he rarely got to rest with true freshmen Devin Hedgepeth and Justin Gilbert behind him and fellow starter Andrew McGee.
The OSU defense was on the field for 100 plays or more against Texas A&M (106) and Oklahoma (107). The Cowboys' defense struggled in the final quarter of both games, giving up 37 combined fourth-quarter points.
After the Alamo Bowl, Brown realized he would need to be in better shape and better prepared to make crucial plays in the fourth quarter this season. He will become the Cowboys' top cornerback and leader, too. McGee has exhausted his eligibility.
“He'll be the leader,” Jones said. “He has the most playing experience. The guys respect him because of how hard he works and how he carries himself.”
Brown's commitment to eating right and sacrificing to become a better player this fall is the perfect example for the young cornerbacks.
It's been a tough sacrifice for Brown but a sacrifice he believes will be worth it.
“I miss eating cheese, dairy products, Mac and cheese, burgers all that stuff,” Brown said. “But it's worked out, I've been on it since winter program started, and I'm looking better every day.”