Oklahoma State football: Defensive coordinator Bill Young to miss game vs. Savannah State

by John Helsley and Gina Mizell Modified: August 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm •  Published: August 30, 2012

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.


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.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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