"Bulldog" Brown Making An Impact For Pokes

Junior cornerback Brodrick Brown turned in arguably the best performance of his career on a huge stage against a huge target.

The 5-foot-8 Brown was tasked with locking down Texas A&M's all-time leading receiver Jeff Fuller — who towered over Brown at 6-foot-4 — on the road in a matchup of top-10 teams. While that might seem like an unenviable task for anyone; it was a dream matchup for "Bulldog" Brown.

"When it's time to step up in a big-game situation and it's time for a crucial play in the game, hey, that's my thing," Brown said. "I'm a game breaker. I'll make that play. I'll defend anyone."

Brown limited Fuller to six catches for 55 yards despite the eight-inch height disadvantage in OSU's 30-29 victory. He also made one of the most memorable plays of his career when he dove in front of Fuller and ripped the ball out of his hands for a vital interception during the Cowboys' third quarter rally. Brown also deflected an Aggie pass into the hands of teammate James Thomas on the Aggies' final possession to ice the Cowboy win. He finished with eight tackles and two pass breakups.

"When you get your assignment, read your keys and do the little things right you'll find yourself in a great position for success and I've been improving in all those areas," Brown said. "That was a big win and I'm happy I could help make some plays to put us out on top."

His play in the Pokes biggest win of the season so far has earned him national attention the past few days. Brown was named the Jim Thorpe defensive back of the week, as well as, the Lott IMPACT player of the week.

"It's always nice to see a guy that comes out every day and works hard get rewarded for it," cornerbacks coach Jason Jones said. "He comes out every day ready to work and busts his tail. He deserves good things like this."

Brown's success this season and his stellar play against Fuller came as no surprise to those involved with the team, especially Jones, who is his position coach. His confidence and playmaking ability has been evident since he walked on campus in 2008.

"He's always been a competitor," Jones said. "When he was redshirting and on the scout team — at that time Dez Bryant was the wide out — every day (Brown) would line up and go against Dez by choice. It was just in him that he wanted to compete against the best so that he would improve; he wanted no short cut.

"Last year was his first year starting and I think now with that experience under his belt, the fact that he older, and the fact that he knows the defense has made him understand everything a lot more. He understands what we're trying to do scheme wise and I think that's allowing him to be more aggressive and make plays."

That aggressive attitude to go against Bryant in practice on a daily basis despite his lack of size earned him the bulldog moniker from former Cowboy linebacker Orie Lemon. Now that the diminutive corner has established himself as a playmaker for the OSU defense in his junior season, the nickname seems as fitting as ever.

"He's short and he's feisty," Jones said. "That's a name that Orie Lemon gave him when he was here because Brodrick doesn't back down from anybody. He loves a challenge and the opportunity to step up. Orie started calling him a bulldog and that's just stuck with him because it's so true. He's become a great leader for us."

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