Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young will miss Saturday's season opener vs. Savannah State — and likely next week's road game at Arizona — after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure.
Co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer will oversee the Cowboys' defense on Saturday.
In a brief statement issued by the OSU media relations department, Mike Gundy announced that Young would be away from the team for the next 7-10 days, with an expectation that he would return for the Sept. 15 home game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
The reason for Young's procedure hasn't been revealed, yet the veteran coach said during this preseason that he not only felt good, but also that his doctor had praised his health during his annual checkup.
Spencer was elevated to the position of co-defensive coordinator prior to last season. He's worked closely with Young preparing game plans and making adjustments from the press box on game days.
ROOKIE WRS CREATING CHEMISTRY
OSU targeted receivers for its 2012 recruiting class, eventually adding six pass catchers for the current roster: Blake Webb, C.J. Curry, Austin Hays, Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd and Blake Jackson.
All were in play to earn a shot at playing time this preseason. And they all could play at some point, making for constant competition. Still, Cowboys receivers coach Kasey Dunn terms it a “friendly” competition.
“They're all really competitive,” Dunn said. “And probably the best things about them, they're all great friends, too. They're good football players and they're definitely competing. But even though they're competing among themselves, they're together all the time.
“They travel in a little pack, which is great to see, because those guys are going to make a ton of plays for Oklahoma State over the next four years.”
POST-WEEDEN, COWBOYS STILL SHOW AGE
Lane Taylor catches a lot of flak for being the “old guy” on the offensive line because he leads the Cowboys with 36 starts.
But let's not forget Taylor's pal on the interior, Jonathan Rush, is actually older. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Texas A&M last season.
Rush doesn't want to hear about those technicalities, though.
“(Taylor's) body is older than mine,” Rush said last week. “I keep my body nice and toned and in shape. I think Lane is old. He has an old soul. If you ever see Lane, he's kind of a ‘mosey around’ kind of guy. It's really funny.
“But everything that he's done for this team has been awesome. It's really a big thing for a guy to start four years, especially at offensive line.”
The reality is, though, that neither Rush nor Taylor is the oldest guy on the team. That honor goes to linebacker-turned-defensive end Tyler Johnson, who will turn 27 in November.
Much like the former resident old guy, Brandon Weeden, Johnson spent six years playing minor league baseball for the Angels organization after high school before walking on at OSU. He was recently granted a scholarship and is slated to back up Ryan Robinson when the Cowboys open the season Saturday against Savannah State.