Speed has a 'D' in it

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:17 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Sep 21, 2009 2:34 PM CDT

The most resounding thing to come out of OSU's 24-10 win over Georgia Saturday wasn't Dez Bryant's freakishly athletic touchdown catch to put the Pokes on the board. That was great, but that's also part of what is now expected from the junior receiver. The MOST resounding thing came from the Cowboy defense. Two years ago, Georgia's team speed caused all sorts of problems. Knowshon Moreno's coming out party was complemented by pass catchers who ran through and past the OSU secondary. On Saturday, no, there was no Moreno or Matthew Stafford helping the Dawgs, but the Cowboy defenders were faster. The upgrade in team speed in the past two years is unmistakeable. The physical play of safety Lucien Antoine and linebacker Donald Booker also helped set a tone after Georgia's first drive that hasn't been found in Cowboy country in a while. Oh yeah, the tackling was better, and you can't underestimate its importance or the addition of Bill Young as defensive coordinator. But these days you can't forget that speed has a "D" in it.