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Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has his work cut out for him this season, starting a young defense while starting the year against defending national champion Florida State.

Young OSU defense set to get ready

 

STILLWATER  Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer knows what awaits OSU in its season opener against No. 1 Florida State.

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, a load of skill talent and two potential first-round draft picks along the offensive line. 

But for now, Spencer, who admits he's spent most of the summer watching tape on the Seminoles, says it's time to put Florida State on the back burner and worry about another team  his own.

"I've had a lot of film time watching them, but right now I've got to shut that off and worry about getting these kids to get lined up right and ready to play hard on the first day of camp," he said. "By game week I'll be stupid enough to believe we can go out and beat Florida State. Right now that's a pipe dream."

Entering his second season as defensive coordinator at OSU and his seventh year overall at the school, Spencer's unit returns just two starters off a defense that led the Big 12 in scoring defense and ranked fifth in total defense. 

"There are a lot of holes experience wise and nobody's going to know until the opener exactly what we're going to do on game day," he said. "That's not very reassuring."

Spencer expects 'several' true freshman from last year's recruiting class, which included four-star linebacker Gyasi Akem of Broken Arrow and three-star cornerback Chris Hardeman of Houston, to see the field this season out of necessity, more than choice. 

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