Oklahoma State linebackers coach Glenn Spencer was promoted to co-defensive coordinator last season.
Last week, Spencer temporarily had the “co-” taken off that title, as he handled all the duties of defensive coordinator Bill Young, who missed the Savannah State game following an undisclosed medical procedure. And he'll remain in the role Saturday at Arizona, with Young not scheduled to return to the team until next week.
In a way, it's an opportunity for Spencer to show he's ready for a full role as defensive coordinator.
Except he doesn't think of it that way.
“There might be a day for that down the road,” Spencer said. “I love that responsibility, but I love what I'm doing now and I love working with Bill. The biggest thing is just being around for him for years — a guy with that much experience and just learning from him. Not only his knowledge of the game, but how he handles people.
“So much of being that role is not only how you handle the players, but how you handle your staff. He's taught me so much there. That's another day and time.
“I really don't want to entertain that now, because I'm just looking forward to him getting back next week.”
RBS READY AND WILLING
The Cowboys like to say their offense is predicated on whatever the defense gives them.
For the running backs, that requires a mindset of versatility.
“I feel like we can do whatever the coaches ask us to do,” said Joseph Randle. “If they ask us to run it, we'll do it. If they ask us to pass block, we'll do it.
“We feel like we're ready for whatever.”
RICH ROD NO DR. PHIL
Arizona survived in overtime against Toledo, winning 24-17 in its home and season opener Saturday.
Some drama might have been avoided, however, had Wildcats kicker John Bonano not missed short field goal tries from 24 and 25 yards in the second half. Bonano, a senior, finished the night 1-for-3 on field goals, making a 26-yarder.