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2012 Rating: C+
Ah, the defensive backs, widely regarded as one of the strongest units on the team because of their abilities to make big plays and force turnovers.
The same defense that forced nine turnovers through three games last year only has three so far in that same timespan. True, they’ve lost Markelle Martin, but I’d argue that a more experienced Broderick Brown and Justin Gilbert should more than make up for that.
Now, I could eat my crow really soon as interceptions can come and go in a blink of an eye. We could look up next week and see Brown and Gilbert each pick off David Ash twice, but for now, this is the weakest position on the OK State team because of how far its play has fallen off from last year.
I do want to make a quick note that I’ve been very impressed with Daytawion Lowe’s play this season. He’s really stepped into the role of the secondary’s big-hitter well and looks like Martin’s heir apparent.