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Oklahoma State football: Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer says "long personnel discussion" to happen Saturday

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 14, 2014
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Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer during the first day of spring football practice at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Monday, March 10, 2014.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer during the first day of spring football practice at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Monday, March 10, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

STILLWATER — The depth chart for a number of roster spots on the Oklahoma State defense might become more locked in over the next few days.

Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was asked about how position battles were shaping up after the Cowboys wrapped up another fall practice Thursday morning.

“Obviously, we’ve got some returning guys who are having good camps, but I’d rather not name anybody now,” Spencer said. “We’ve got some good battles for some positions. We’ll have a long personnel discussion after Saturday’s scrimmage and set some things up.”

The spots most up for grabs are likely at linebacker and safety.

Ryan Simmons is projected to start at middle linebacker this season, and sophomores Demarcus Sherrod and Seth Jacbos are expected to be regular contributors. But behind them, there are a number of players battling for position — including junior-college transfer Devante Averette, senior Michigan-transfer Josh Furman and freshman Gyasi Akem.

Senior Larry Stephens and sophomore Jordan Sterns previously said they’ve played a majority of first-team safety snaps together in practice, but coaches have praised the athleticism of redshirt freshman Tre Flowers and sophomore Deric Robertson.

“It’s all about getting us better right now,” Spencer said. “We’ll get into our game prep next week when school starts. We’ll get some more opponent looks in our team periods. There’s a little carryover between what our offense does and what we’re going to see, so that’s good. It usually comes down to fundamentals.”

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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