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OSU's new defensive coordinator Bill Young likes fast, physical ‘D’

by Scott Wright Modified: January 26, 2009 at 4:40 am •  Published: January 26, 2009

Young wants his defense to be fast, physical and fundamental. And he likes to keep things simple, so that his players can better utilize their talent.

"We’ve got to be sure we don’t put too much on them, and let them release and use their talent and play fast,” he said. "You have to play physical defense. You’ve got to knock people down and knock them back, stalemate and escape blocks, go chase the football and get there.”

In the last seven seasons, OSU’s defense has never finished the season ranked higher than 74th nationally in total defense, or higher than 56th in scoring defense.

So Young’s first action will be to change the Cowboys’ negative disposition.

"The thing we’ve got to do defensively is eliminate this idea that we’re not a very good defensive team,” Young said. "We’ve got to stop talking about how bad we are and start talking about how good we’re going to be. That’s a mindset that we’ve got to get going quickly.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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