Oklahoma State football notebook: Glenn Spencer found needed 'juice' in Joe Bob Clements

As OSU's new defensive coordinator last winter, Glenn Spencer went looking for a certain style of assistant coach to handle the Cowboys defensive front. And a coach to handle some of the emotional motivating.
by John Helsley and Gina Mizell Published: October 11, 2013

The Horned Frogs are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12.

They couldn't muster a single first down in the first half in last week's loss at Oklahoma.

And now defensive end Devonte Fields, the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, has been shut down and will have foot surgery.

Still, TCU coach Gary Patterson remains optimistic.

“To me,” he said immediately following the loss to the Sooners, “there is a tremendous upside. As we do start clicking and start doing the things we need to do, we have a chance to win a lot of football games if we keep playing defense.

“We need to get off to a faster start … but if we do that, we'll be a football team that will cause a lot of problems in the next seven weeks.

The Frogs have played well on defense, even without Fields.

TCU leads the Big 12 with 18 sacks and ranks fourth in the league in total defense, fifth in scoring defense. The problems have come on offense.

Patterson, known as a defensive coach, said that this is the best a TCU secondary has played.

“We lead the league in sacks,” he said, “and I'd probably tell you at least 50 percent of them have been coverage sacks.”

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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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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