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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys to have same approach but different philosophy

OSU will be more aggressive, although tackling will not be allowed during spring football game.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: April 10, 2013

“That was the attitude in the first meeting we had, and it's carried through,” new defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “Expectations are high to challenge a lot of different situations and approach them with a more aggressive mentality, and that's what we've gotten out of them. We have a long way to go, but mentally they're catching on to what we want.”

Added defensive tackle Calvin Barnett: “We don't always know what our coverage looks like, and (last season we were) like, ‘Why are we not pressing?' Just little stuff like that. But now we know everything's just getting turned up. As a D-lineman, we are aggressive. Of course that's how we want to play.”

And even though OSU fans will hear quick whistles next Saturday and won't see tackling — except for the occasional hit when guys are running full speed — Gundy believes that aggressiveness will show through at the Cowboys' spring finale.

“Attacking the quarterback and not allowing the receivers to make so many easy catches. That's really what I am looking for,” Gundy said. “I don't know that it has a lot to do with scheme. You don't have to change a lot to do that.”