STILLWATER — Tim Beckman was the spokesman for the Oklahoma State defense the last two years, and one message the defensive coordinator always got across, whether he was emphatically screaming on the sideline or staring intently during interviews, was: I’m intense.
Former player Rod Johnson called Beckman a little firecracker, and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel told The Oklahoman two years ago that "the state of Oklahoma is accustomed to tornadoes. People there should understand when I say Tim Beckman is tornadic.” Now that the human tornado has left Oklahoma to become head coach at Toledo, a handful of able defensive coaches are working to prepare the Cowboys for the Holiday Bowl. In addition to game-planning and divvying up Beckman’s other responsibilities, there’s the matter of the intensity Beckman brought to the field. Head coach Mike Gundy said some of the other defensive coaches are intense in their own right, "but because he was the coordinator, he came to the forefront.” "Other coaches have to pick it up a little bit now,” Gundy said, adding that the veteran players have helped pick up the pace. "I haven’t noticed a drop-off in intensity.” Joe DeForest, OSU’s cornerbacks coach, associate head coach and special teams coordinator, said that doesn’t mean changing much.
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