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Oklahoma State's Brodrick Brown has more to offer than ‘the play'

The Cowboys cornerback made an incredible play in Bedlam last season, but he wants to be known for more than that.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: August 29, 2011
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STILLWATER — Brodrick Brown gets asked about it almost every day.

What were you thinking? How did you do it?

The play. The one where Brown, the Oklahoma State cornerback, leapt into the Oklahoma sideline and tipped a Landry Jones pass back to Shaun Lewis for an interception. The one that was nominated for an ESPY this past summer and has more than 3 million views on YouTube.

“It was the grace of God,” Brown said. “That's all I can say.”

Brown doesn't mind talking about that play. In fact, he flashes a wide grin when it's brought up.

But he hopes his time in Stillwater will eventually be defined by more than that one moment.

“There's more to me than that,” Brown said. “That's just something that's on my resume, the ESPY (nomination).”

In reality, Brown's OSU career has already been about more than that play, as he's become a steady contributor in the Cowboys' secondary.

It started with his breakout game as a freshman in the 2010 Cotton Bowl against Ole Miss, when he returned from injury and started in place of a suspended Perrish Cox. He tallied three tackles and a pass breakup in that game.

In his sophomore season, he was second on the team with 77 tackles and eight pass breakups while starting every game.

This year, expectations are even higher. He's now a veteran member of the OSU secondary, a unit that will be heavily relied on with youth and inexperience on the defensive line and at linebacker.

“He's a tremendous competitor,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said of Brown. “He doesn't have the best height to be a cornerback, but he makes up for it with his aggressiveness and his tenacity. They call him ‘Bulldog,' and that's a pretty fitting name.”

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