Cornerback Depth A Strength For OSU
STILLWATER - One of OSU's main strengths heading into the 2012 season should be the secondary, specifically the cornerbacks. The Cowboys return both starting corners from the 2011 season and is expected to have one of the most formidable tandems in the country.
Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert combined for 127 tackles, 25 passes broken up and 10 interceptions last season.
Brown enters his senior year coming off a second-team All-American campaign, while Gilbert will begin his junior campaign as a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2011. While the starters are set, there is a fierce competition for who will get the rest of the playing time at one of the Cowboys' deepest positions.
Corners Devin Hedgepeth and Andrae May are both are coming off serious injuries and what either could bring to the team at this point is up in the air. With that said, there are four youngsters competing for the remaining playing time.
Redshirt freshmen Miketavious Jones and Jonovan Griffin will be in heavy competition with true freshmen Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin for playing time in corner-heavy packages and to give Brown and Gilbert some rest.
Before Jones redshirted last season, he was recruited as the 29th ranked corner in the country by Scout.com. Griffin was one of the highest-rated quarterback prospects in the state of Texas before switching to corner and going to Stillwater.
A three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Peterson stunned a lot of people when he switched his commitment from OU to OSU. The Wagoner, Okla., native was the seventh highest rated corner in the state. Fellow three-star recruit Lampkin is a bigger corner, coming in at 6-foot-1, 185 lbs, and could bring a more physical playing style to the Cowboys.
The competition at cornerback will be one of the main storylines going forward at OSU camp.