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Oklahoma State football: Glenn Spencer's defense not ready for Jameis Winston and 'Noles — yet

Spencer has already been doing some thinking on the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, the quarterback and trigger man at defending national champion Florida State, which is first up for Spencer’s in-transition defense to start the season.
by John Helsley Published: July 27, 2014

Glenn Spencer sat for a chat with reporters this week and the topic turned to Jameis Winston.

“Don’t make me think about him right now,” Spencer said.

Not that Spencer hasn’t already been doing some thinking on the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, the quarterback and trigger man at defending national champion Florida State, which is first up for Spencer’s in-transition defense to start the season.

“I’ve thought about him all summer,” he said.

Not pleasant thoughts, either.

“No weaknesses,” said the Cowboys defensive coordinator. “You can’t look at it and say, ‘We need to do this, we need to force him to do this.’ Or, ‘We’ve got to overload them here.’ They’re so balanced.

“He’s the best player in the nation, OK. But then you’ve got a supporting cast that’s unbelievable. An offensive line that will probably have three drafted, probably two in the first round. Who knows what else? Receivers, running backs... So it’s the whole package. It’s what you’d expect when everyone in the nation votes them No. 1. It’s for a reason.

“And it’s obvious when you see it on film.”

Still, don’t confuse Spencer’s respect for resignation. That’s not his style.

Yes, facing Winston and the Seminoles is a daunting task, especially for a defense requiring seven new starters.

And yes, those new starters must be confirmed and schooled and galvanized into a cohesive and capable unit in the short span of 30 days

A challenge? Sure.

So what’s new?

“I’m uneasy with that,” Spencer said. “It’s a challenge for me. I stay awake because of that. But I was awake last year because of other issues.

“So it’s always something. It’s not real fun for me.”

And yet, it’s what drives him.

“As a person, you get up every day and you look to yourself for things to motivate you for that day,” Spencer said. “So this is just something to motivate me to be the best leader I can for these kids. If it wasn’t that, I’d be coming up with another reason I’ve got to give my all for them today and to try to get them to experience great things and be men of great character and integrity.

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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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