July 24, 2012

Defense ready to evolve

The Oklahoma State defense wants to pick up right where it left off.

In 2011, the Cowboys led the nation with a turnover margin of 21. They gave up 23 turnovers, but forced 44.

Armed with Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert, who some are calling two of the best corner backs in the nation, as well as an extremely stout linebacker corps led by All-Big 12 linebacker Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State is certainly built to make last season look feeble in comparison to this.

"If you came out to our practice, you'd hear the coaches screaming 'strip the ball' the entire time," defensive end Cooper Bassett said at Big 12 Media Day Tuesday. "That, and a big thing for us is flying to the football. If we have ten or eleven guys around the football, we're all ready for you to make a mistake. When you do, we take advantage."

The emphasis placed on turnovers is something that paid dividends for the Cowboys last year, most notably when Baylor paid a visit in late October.

For the first time since most can remember, Oklahoma State has a defense that could be the Big 12's reckoning.

"I enjoyed watching our defense with their athleticism and speed in the spring," Gundy said at Big 12 Media Day. "I feel better now about our defense than I ever have as...

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