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1. Picking up steam
2. Handling the big boys
--In his final collegiate game Cockrell was matched up with Texas A&M receiver and Tampa Bay first-round pick WR Mike Evans. Evans a 6-5 receiver with 35-inch arms and a 37-inch vertical was held to four catches for 72 yards by Cockrell in a 52-48 loss.
3. Big play in showcase game
--Appearing in the East-West Shrine game, Cockrell made a big play in the waning moments of the game making an interception to seal the win for the East team in a 23-13 victory.
4. Leadership by example
--Cockrell was a two-time captain at Duke and took it upon himself to set up film study sessions with his fellow defensive teammates independent from those with the coaching staff.
5. Athleticism runs in the family
--Ross’ father Keith Cockrell also played football at the college level lettering at Columbia in the early 1980s. His younger sister Anna is a multi-event state title champion in track in the 100 meters, 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, 4x100 relay) and a future Olympic hopeful. His other sister Cierra is a standout high school volleyball player.