OSU's Brodrick Brown sizes up his ESPY competition

BY ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writer aslater@opubco.com Modified: July 8, 2011 at 8:55 am •  Published: July 7, 2011

OU quarterback Landry Jones rolled right, surveyed the field, couldn't find an open receiver and thought better of it.

He did what quarterbacks are taught to do. Chuck the ball out of bounds; get back to the huddle for second down.

Unfortunately for Jones, OSU cornerback Brodrick Brown was in the general vicinity, and what happened next garnered national attention and is now close to earning Brown and linebacker Shaun Lewis a plane ticket to Los Angeles as a finalist for ESPY Play of the Year.

“Something just told me to jump and I just jumped and surprisingly I got the ball,” Brown said. “I was trying to get the interception, but I was falling out of bounds, so I just tossed it back in.”

And it was a perfect toss right in the waiting arms of Lewis, combining for an improbable interception in the Cowboys' 2010 Bedlam loss.

“I saw him there,” Brown said. “But I didn't know he was going to have the awareness to catch it and return it how he did.”

Half the crowd went wild, while the other half remained in shock, not sure about what they had just seen.

ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit gave his immediate reaction: “Unbelievable effort. This is something you do when you are clowning around in the backyard.”

The ESPYs take place July 13th and will be nationally televised live by ESPN.

“I was shocked (it was nominated),” Brown said. “And I definitely plan on going if I am in the top four.”

Brown has sized up his competition, and he shared his thoughts on the other four plays that are in the running.