STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State defense is moving ahead without its leader, but Tim Beckman’s departure to become the head coach at Toledo hasn’t hindered the Cowboys yet. It’s just making everyone work a little harder. Beckman was joined by graduate assistant Alex Golesh at Toledo, leaving the Cowboys with a shrinking group of defensive coaches, including only three who are actually on staff, along with a couple grad assistants. "Everything’s the same — practice and structure, it’s all the same,” head coach Mike Gundy said. "We have to make up for two guys not being there. We pulled the guys off the road from recruiting the last few days so they could get structured.” Plans in two key areas had to be resolved: how the defense would be managed and who would coach linebackers, the position previously handled by Beckman. Defensive line coach Glenn Spencer has taken over the linebackers, and the game plan and scheming for Oregon in the Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl will be a group effort involving Spencer, safeties coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest and cornerbacks coach Jason Jones. Assistant strength coach and former OSU defensive lineman Greg Richmond has stepped in to help out in practice. "We’re a couple men short, but we’ve got good coaches in that room that have picked up the slack,” DeForest said. "The system’s in place. We just have to do a good job of continuing to do what we’ve done all year.” And junior linebacker Andre Sexton says the players are helping shoulder some of the load. "The players, as leaders, have got to step up and keep things going in practice, because we don’t have those two extra coaches to get on you,” he said.
Hunter, Robinson named All-AmericansOklahomans big and small earned All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America Saturday. Oklahoma offensive guard Duke Robinson, a 6-foot-5, 335-pound senior, and Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound sophomore, were the only state players selected to the 25-man team. By Scott Wright