College football notebook: Brodrick Brown on Lott watch list

By Jake Trotter and Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writers Modified: April 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm •  Published: April 12, 2011

Oklahoma State cornerback Brodrick Brown was named to the 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List on Tuesday. Named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the award is given annually to the player who makes the biggest defensive impact for his team throughout the season.

Brown finished second on the Cowboys with 77 tackles in 2010.

Brown, who became a YouTube sensation with his leaping interception tip during last year's Bedlam game, is one of 42 players on the watch list.


Defensive tackle Nigel Nicholas is the only experienced player in OSU's defensive interior. The junior is a bit undersized but makes up for it with excellent quickness and balance.

He will be counted on to have a big year for the Pokes.

“He should be a good player there,” coach Mike Gundy said. “He's been here long enough and he's strong enough and developed and understands what it takes to play here. He should be a good player for us at that position.”

Nicholas finished with 13 tackles, four tackles for loss including two sacks while playing spot duty in 2010.


The University of Oklahoma brings back seven starters defensively, but the defensive player coach Bob Stoops praised most after Tuesday's practice is not among those returners: sophomore linebacker Corey Nelson.

“Corey Nelson lit it up in the scrimmage the other day,” Stoops said. “He broke the record for the way the we tally up points. He had three or four sacks, pressures, I don't know how many tackles. He had a huge day.

“He looks like the best player out there on defense right now. In fact it's not even close.”

Stoops went on to laud the development of others.

“(Guard) Bronson Irwin has had a really good week, (tight end) Austin Haywood has had a really good week, (offensive tackle) Daryl Williams had a great week last week,” Stoops said. “Defensively, (safety) Quentin Hayes has come on, that's exciting. We moved Joe Powell from receiver to DB and he had a big day out there today. Looked good in the scrimmage only having two days there. He's really natural at it, and that's a positive because we're thin at DB, in particular corner.

“Those guys all seem to have come on. Newer faces who have made an impression in the last week.”


Former Tulsa Central star Demarco Cobbs looks poised to make an impact on Texas defense as a sophomore this season. A standout quarterback in high school, Cobbs has moved to linebacker for the Longhorns and had an excellent spring under new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.

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