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.”