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OSU is filling the intensity void in its defense

BY ANDREA COHEN Modified: December 18, 2008 at 6:39 am •  Published: December 18, 2008
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/articleid/3330998/1/pictures/528366">Photo - Former OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman left Stillwater to be the head coach at Toledo. Photo BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN archive
Former OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman left Stillwater to be the head coach at Toledo. Photo BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN archive

"I am who I am,” DeForest said. "I’m not gonna try to be Coach Beck. The personality of our defense is not going to change because of Coach Beck.”

Glenn Spencer echoed that sentiment.

"You better not change who you are, because if you do that, the players aren’t going to respond,” said Spencer, who will coach the linebackers Beckman coached all season. "You can’t try to be somebody else.”

Spencer said it wasn’t as though Beckman played the "bad cop” role and the rest of the defensive coaches are laid back.

"I’m an intense cop, too,” Spencer said. "I’m always pretty intense with the defensive line. Now, I’m just being pretty intense with the whole front seven.”


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