Columbia Police investigating overnight robbery

first_imgColumbia Police are investigating an early morning robbery.  It happened around 2:30 Thursday morning on West Boulevard.According to ABC17 News, police say they found a victim near Red Lobster who told police he was walking along I-70 Drive when he was robbed.He said his personal belongings were taken, and the robber got away.  One person was taken into custody for questioning.last_img

The Trouble with 10 Percent: Nurturing a Diverse and Inclusive OpenStack Community

first_imgOpenStack Summit, underway this week in Boston, brings together attendees from all over the globe. Community members, contributors and users with varying experience levels, talent and interests are coalescing, as we do twice a year, all with the common goal to further OpenStack as a viable, open cloud alternative and ensure its future vitality.Naturally, we are talking about a very diverse crowd—yet one that is not diverse enough. In 2016, women and underrepresented minorities accounted for just 11 percent of the OpenStack Community and not quite 10 percent of the Linux community, according to research by the firm BitergiaOpens in a new window.[i]Those are troublesome numbers. To create open source software that benefits the lives of all people, we need developers with diverse perspectives, experiences, and skillsets. This is about more than writing lines of code. This is about fostering a community that reflects the broader society around us, so that the community can create the foundation for making better products and services for a connected world.With this goal in mind, growing numbers of individuals and organizations are working actively to nurture an OpenStack community that is both diverse and inclusive. And, no, those words are not two ways of saying the same thing. Diversity is all about bringing underrepresented people into the community, while inclusion is about making people feel welcome and supported within that community.At Intel, we are deeply committed to the effort to nurture a diverse and inclusive open source community—it’s part of our larger commitmentOpens in a new window to the technology industry. I’m particularly proud to be a member of the Women of OpenStack, and am encouraged by what we’ve been able to achieve together. We showcased the amazing individuals within our diverse community through a video seriesOpens in a new window that aired in Barcelona. Events like OpenStack Summit give us an opportunity to unite and continue to push this important work forward.On Monday, we continued our sponsorship of Speed MentoringOpens in a new window sessions, hosted by the Women of OpenStack. This event has become a mainstay at the twice-yearly summits, pairing people who are new to the OpenStack community with career and technical mentors who share their knowledge, experiences, and advice with the newcomers.On Thursday, I will join panel discussions focused on growing the next generationOpens in a new window of OpenStack contributors and developing strategies to foster diversity and inclusionOpens in a new window in the community. In the first session, we’ll talk to OpenStack Foundation mentors, Tom Fifield and Chris Hoge, along with their interns, Sonia Ramza and Megan Guiney, about the experiences, achievements and insights they gained through an internship program introduced at the Barcelona summit. In the other session, we’ll dive into diversity research within the OpenStack community and explore actionable steps we can take collectively to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for all.We’re at a unique inflection point in our collective history. By coming together to cultivate an environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and provides a sanctuary for intelligent, thoughtful debate, we can truly make a difference.Ready to join us? Learn more about the Women of OpenStackOpens in a new window to get started.[i] The New Stack, “Amidst Bias, Women Work to Find a Place in Open Source CommunitiesOpens in a new window,” 20 Feb. 20, 2017.last_img read more

Daily Mullets (September 26)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy on Monday…”Pleased to announce new offensive line coach, Les Miles. Welcome home, Mad Hatter.”— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 25, 2016Other sportsOSU football wasn’t the only OSU team to lose to Baylor this week. [O’Colly]Golf NewsArnold Palmer passes away. [CBS]This is probably the best thing I read about him last night. [SI]I also wrote about Rory’s monster 30 on the back nine yesterday with $11.5M on the table. [CBS] Football NewsMason Rudolph on OSU’s line and RBs: “I’m really proud of guys, our offensive linemen. They did an incredible job all game of moving the ball on the ground. Our running backs made some great cuts, some great runs.” [NewsOK]One month into the season, Oklahoma State’s biggest problem on paper is apparent. The Cowboys haven’t stopped the pass. [Tulsa World]Also look back at the last point here in our preseason “what worries us.” [PFB]Dez caught it. [PFB]Berry Tramel still has OSU No. 4 in his Big 12 power rankings. [NewsOK]Hey I did a nerd box score for the first time in a while. [PFB]Never before has a Mike Gundy-coached OSU football team had a losing record through five games. If the Cowboys don’t beat No. 22-ranked Texas this week in Stillwater, they will have stumbled to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12. Toppling Texas also is important for this reason: Since rolling to a 10-0 start last season, OSU has lost in five of its last six meetings with FBS opponents. [Tulsa World]Four of Oklahoma State’s final five drives Saturday night ended at the Baylor 11, Baylor 3, Baylor 1 and Baylor 24. Out of that, the Cowboys came away with a total of three points. [ESPN]We all felt how QB1 felt: “Gosh … the runs that Justice made tonight were incredible.” [NewsOK]The 10 best quotes from the BU game. [PFB]The 12 best stats. [PFB]Around the countryLes … gone. [PFB]Longest-tenured P5 coaches at same school:Stoops (18 yrs)Ferentz (18 yrs)Patterson (17 yrs)Gundy (12 yrs)Whittingham (12 yrs)— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 25, 2016last_img read more

Mike Gundy Not Pleased with Boone Pickens Comments

first_imgAfter a week of one-sided commentary from Boone Pickens expressing his angst towards Mike Gundy, saying he “doesnt handle relationships very well”, the head coach had his say on the subject in the postgame to share his side of the story.Needless to say he was not pleased.Here’s what he told John Hoover of the Franchise:If you’re doing something that’s hurting us in the big picture, well then I don’t like that. Because that means it makes it worse on these guys who bust their ass.”Going even further, he explained what a distraction it can be for him and his team.“Everybody knows about it. Right? You get it walking around in the street. I mean, the players know about it. You can hear them talking about it a little bit. And then it fades away.”“I just have to do my job,” Gundy added. “I can’t do anything about it. And you know what? At some point, if somebody feels it ain’t good enough, then hell, somebody else can come in here and try it.”Interesting comments to say the least, especially after Boone’s released statement this morning. You can read the full article here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

QB Spencer Sanders Explains Decision to Commit to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State got a pleasant surprise on the recruiting trail Saturday after their big win over Texas, earning a commitment from one of the top signal callers in the 2018 class in Denton Ryan QB Spencer Sanders.To Spencer, however, the commitment did not come out of left field.“I have been leaning towards them for a while now,” Sanders told Rivals. “I hadn’t said anything, but they really showed me what I wanted to see and showed me that they wanted me as part of this team.”Of his experience being in town to watch OSU take down a ranked Texas team, Sanders said he wasn’t surprised, and the offense fits him like a glove.“It was a great experience out here watching them beat a great Texas team,” he said. “But Oklahoma State is a great team too, and their offense really matches what we do at Ryan. It’s good to know that I’m walking into something that I am already familiar with; they do a lot of the same things and run a lot of the same concepts.“I really think it’s a great school and the opportunity they have each year in the Big XII is a big part of that. I think it’s an underrated program. They have great athletes that beat top teams but they stay humble, show out, play football and do great things and that’s what it’s all about.”Sanders is a true dual-threat quarterback, who had more than 1,000 yards passing and 300 yards on the ground in just 6 games last season (via Maxpreps.) He has already surpassed both those numbers through the same amount of games this year, to go with 24 total touchdowns.Oklahoma State is getting a big-time playmaker in Spencer Sanders, and it’s pretty clear he chose OSU for all the right reasons. With Sanders in the fold, Oklahoma State can get a jump start and begin laying the foundation for the 2018 recruiting class early – something they haven’t been able to do in recent years.last_img read more

Pistols Firing Week 6 Picks

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We whiffed on making picks last week — mostly because I was at the Ryder Cup — but we are back at it this week even if most of us are limping into Week 6. Here’s a look at the records so far along with our picks for Saturday (remember, lock of the week is worth two wins or two losses).screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-4-14-28-pmKyle PorterRIP Oregon? Not so fast. Can’t crown Washington until you crown ’em. This is going to be the year OU finally (finally!) beats Texas as a big favorite in Dallas, right? OU’s not going 2-3, RIGHT?I’m fearful that we all picked A&M. That seems too lock-y. Oklahoma State should beat Iowa State by 34, but it also should have beaten Central Michigan by 34. Lastly, Hogs gonna get in a slugfest with Saban and Co. They might not win but Clinton’s boys will be calling the hogs deep into the Fayeteville evening.Caleb DeckOSU rolls through Iowa State. We aren’t in Ames this year and Justice has at least 150 yards and two TDs setting up the Pokes for a big, confidence building win.Texas soundly defeats the Sooners in Dallas, Stoops is fired in the middle of his post-game press conference, Les Miles is brought in for an epic master-apprentice Bedlam showdown. I’d pay money to see that movie.Kliff (probably): “Mahomes hurt? No worries. *[hair flip]* Is there another guy on campus who can fit into a red jersey and doesn’t mind having his arm bionically replaced with a small cannon? Cool. *[whips off sunglasses]* Put him in the lineup and let’s score some touchdowns. *[winks]* *[all girls in Texas simultaneously faint]*” Tech covers.Kyle BooneIowa State (+17) against Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State is definitely the better team here, but Iowa State gave Baylor everything they could handle last weekend. Whether that was the Ames factor or not, I think this one will be a tight one until the third quarter. OSU wins but Iowa State covers.Texas +11.5) over OU: Bob Stoops as a big favorite in the RRR? Give me Texas.Notre Dame (+3) over NC State: Notre Dame is an underdog on the road, which isn’t surprising given how they’ve looked this season. But to NC State? I’ll take Notre Dame to cover on the road. Lock it up!Arkansas (+14) over Bama: Alabama has steamrolled everyone this season with ease, but Arkansas is one of the only teams who consistently match up with them in the trenches and give them a run for their money. I think Burt gets his dudes ready and they cover at home.A&M (-7) over Tennessee: Tennessee is perhaps the only team that has had more luck this year than the 2015 OSU football team, but their luck runs out this weekend in College Station. The Vols leading rusher is out for this one, and their QB looks like a taller version of J.W. Walsh on the field. I think Texas A&M hands Tennessee their first loss of the season with a sound victory.Thomas FlemingISU @ OSU: OSU -17 — The Cowboys looked good last week and I expect more of the same this week against a 1-4 Cyclone team.Tenn @ TA&M: TA&M -7 — Myles Garrett is back and, while the Aggie offense isn’t as electric as it has been in the past, the team can lean on their defense. I expect Dobbs to get pressured early and often and I think the Ags will come away with this one.Georgia @ South Carolina: UGA -7 — South Carolina can’t score. Georgia’s offense isn’t great, but freshman QB Jacob Eason has shown improvement. ‘Dogs prevail here.OU vs UT: OU -11.5 — I’ll take the Sooners here, but if I want any of my picks to be wrong, it’s this one. Texas can score, yes, and OU’s defense is not elite (and not better than Indiana’s, according to Urban) but Warren is out and Foreman will be coming off a minor injury. Please let me be wrong.WSU @ Stanford: Stanford -7 — Stanford is fresh off of a loss to Washington, but now they play a 2-2 Cougar team. The problem here is that WSU can score, as they showed against Oregon. They also give up points, though. It will be interesting to see how they respond to a ground n’ pound team, because all of their games this season (excluding Idaho) have been against spread teams.Sam AldrichOSU -17: I really like Oklahoma State big in this one at BPS. I think Mason Rudolph has a big game, Justice runs wild for a third straight week, and the Cowboys roll all over the Cyclones.OU -11.5: I’d really love to see Texas get back on track against the Sooners and play the game of their season (like last year), but that Longhorn defense is just terrible, giving up almost 50 points per game against anyone other than UTEP in 2016. Sooners roll in the Red River Rivalry.FSU +3: Florida State has had a rough go of it lately but they are too talented to stay down. They rebound against their rivals and get back on track.UCLA -10: Arizona State might give up a 30 spot to the PFB staff and our significant others. Bruins win this one.Kansas State -8.5: Does anyone play well in Manhattan? The Wildcats are coming off a tough loss on the road at West Virginia, blowing a two score lead. The ‘Cats will rebound at home against a Tech team that can score in bunches, but will struggle to get stops.Carson CunninghamOSU – 17: My only concern in this game is OSU lacking aggressiveness due to the quality of opponent. That burned them against Central Michigan. I don’t think Gundy lets that happen Saturday.Texas + 11.5: Last year I co-hosted an hour-long OU-Texas pre-game show on channel 5. I pretty much dogged Texas for an hour and predicted OU to win by 50. I have learned my lesson. OU’s been outplayed at the Cotton Bowl three years in a row and they’ve lost some key players due to injury.Florida State +3: Rivalry game. Jimbo Fisher has won 6-straight vs. Miami. The U hasn’t played anyone. FSU losing last week makes this an even better spot. ‘Noles straight-up.Texas A&M -7: The Tennessee Dream dies in College Station. Trevor Knight’s resurgence is the most surprising thing I’ve seen in college football in a very long time. He couldn’t complete a pass against TCU last year.Houston -17: Cougs want style points and “I WANT WINNERS!”unnamedlast_img read more

How Do First-Year WRs Perform at OSU In the Mike Gundy Era?

first_img2005Ricky Price162380 2009Dameron Fooks (JC)101473 2007Dez Bryant436226 By: Jon JesterThe best way I’ve found to ease the pain of Dura- I mean, Underwood’s leaving has been to focus on this upcoming football season. The mullet. QB1. The President. #FreeJustice. The comparisons to 2011. Put it in my veins.But, what might have me the most intrigued about this season is what Tyron Johnson might do this upcoming season. When there’s even the hint of a conversation about who is better between James Washington and Tyron, my only response is irrationality.So, similarly to what we did with Justice Hill last season, let’s look at what first year wideouts have done in Stillwater over the last decade. 2011Josh Stewart192912 2013Marcell Ateman222760 2012Blake Webb142181 2012Blake Jackson305983 2008Bo Bowling (JC)102002 YearPlayerRecYardsTDs 2014James Washington284566 2014Tyreek Hill (JC)312811 2015Jalen McCleskey292533 Things to note from the stats:• Adarius Bowman is probably the most similar to Johnson in that an experienced and ready-from-day-one guy comes in and is ready to get significant playing time. *falls out of chair when one sees Bowman’s numbers*• Interesting to wonder where Dillon Stoner would have been on this list had he not gotten hurt for most of last year.• Cool to see similarities between Josh Stewart and Jalen McCleskey’s seasons. Never thought about that comparison before but I think it makes for a pretty good one.• The only factor that can’t be determined from this table is how many targets Johnson will get. I think he’ll get top three targets for sure, but there are four guys on this list who are still in uniform who all deserve starter’s targets (McCleskey, Washington, Lacy, and Ateman).• Wait, Blake Webb graduated?• This list makes one realize how special of a position WR has been at Oklahoma State over the past decade.• Marcell Ateman has been catching passes in an OSU uniform since the Wallace twins were in junior high…• Bold prediction: Tyron Johnson puts up numbers similar to Dez’ first season and is the second leading receiver in QB1’s final rodeo. 2012Austin Hays293942 2009Tracy Moore111836 2010Michael Harrison141353 2006Adarius Bowman (JC)60118112 2005Brandon Pettigrew111281 2009Justin Blackmon202602 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Jordan Sterns Knows How Good He Is, Does the NFL?

first_imgWe’re just days away from the NFL Draft. A couple hundred or so young men eagerly wait to see if and when their names will be called. But whether you’re Myles Garrett, who can apparently threaten the first team on the board into drafting him, or the eventual “Mr. Irrelevant”, your life is about to change forever.Former Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns finds himself somewhere in the middle. His measurables are respectable but not enough to get him out from under a Big 12-sized conference-defense bias. You have to watch him in-game to see his potential.The three-year starter and leading tackler under Mike Gundy earned a reputation for getting to the ball and leaving a little orange paint once he got there.That’s something Mike Gundy said he’ll miss about Sterns.“Sterns is a throwback player,” Gundy said prior to the Alamo Bowl. “He kind of goes back to the days of the ’80s of guys that will strike you and enjoy the contact. Goes against human nature for two people to want to run into each other. There’s some players that are somewhat genetically unbalanced and they’re willing to do that. Sterns has been one of those guys up to this point.”“Genetically unbalanced” does not guarantee you an early round draft spot, I’m sad to say. NFL.com gave Sterns a 4.9 draft grade which falls just shy of the “50/50 shot to make a roster” range.But for the sake of comparison, let’s look up the list to their No. 4-ranked safety, Washington’s Budda Baker who, with a score of 5.9, falls under “could become early NFL starter”.Last year, Baker had 71 total tackles (49 solo), 10 tackles for loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups and three sacks. Sterns’ senior year, he amassed 101 total tackles (63 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and two pass breakups. Baker also played two more games than Sterns, who sat out against Iowa State.In the measurable department, Sterns is taller with a bigger reach and bigger frame than Baker’s, which according to NFL.com raises concerns about his ability to pack on 200 pounds. Conversely, Sterns can count his frame as a strength, with NFL.com seeing him able to bulk up if needed, though he already has NFL size.Sterns is a step slower than Baker (4.51 at OSU’s Pro Day) with Baker recording a 4.45 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine. Sterns’ negatives are an observed stiffness in his hips and and a belief that he lacks elite athleticism to play centerfield in the NFL.ProFootballFocus predicts Sterns as a special teams contributor at the next level, citing that lack of elite athleticism and “long speed” as a possible issue when keeping up with the wide receiver talent he would see on a weekly basis.For what it’s worth, Sterns’ 4.51 40-yard dash from OSU’s Pro Day would have landed him tied for 6th among safeties at this year’s NFL Combine. Again, not elite, but nothing to shake your head at.PFF also recently lauded Sterns for his ability to stop the run and use his reach to tackle in space. Here are some highlights.Aggressive when attacking the run from safety position without being out of control.Flashes the ability to break down and tackle effectively in space.Has frame to add more muscle and have a proper NFL body type.Uses his length well to reach around his man and break up passes when in position.Made significant strides in coverage each of the past two seasons; gave up a QB rating of 157.7 in 2014, 92.2 in 2015 and 57.3 this past season.Gave up just 14 receptions on 25 primary targets in 2016; only one went for longer than 20 yards, and only three were longer than 10.Second-best run-stop percentage within 8 yards of LOS of all Big 12 safeties. [ProFootballFocus]At least up until this point, Sterns does not appear concerned with such things.“I don’t really care what I’m ranked or what I’m hearing right now because at the end of the day I know how good I am,” Sterns exclaimed on the PFB Podcast. “So if they’ve got guys ranked ahead of me and what not, I know my work man so I pretty much try to stay off of those scouting websites.”Whether Sterns ends up hearing his named called from the podium this weekend or finds his way onto a roster as a free agent, I have a feeling he’s going to find his niche at the next level. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph on His Journey to Stillwater: “It’s about the People”

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State knows what they have in Mason Rudolph and as his final season approaches, they are doing their best job to market him not only as a Heisman candidate with the #MA2ON campaign but also as a national brand.Friday the athletic department released a video with Rudolph and the record-setting QB talked about the people that have helped him get to Stillwater and those who have helped him since he’s been at OSU.“Relationships with people like Rob Glass who instilled toughness in me. Coaches like Mike Yurcich and Mike Gundy who saw something in me years ago and decided to take a chance on me. It’s my teammates, the guys that are by my side at every practice and every morning workout that have shown me the true meaning of the Cowboy family.“That we’re in this together. ”Check out the video below. Off season is the longest season of the year. How did @rudolph2mason get to where he is today? He tells you with this story of gratitude. #okstate #GoPokes #MA2ON pic.twitter.com/3a8NLUA6lD— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) June 9, 2017last_img read more

Glenn Spencer’s Defenses Among Nation’s Best at Forcing Turnovers

first_img201333181.15T410-3 We can see a direct correlation between turnover margin and wins and losses. In fact, during Spencer’s time in office, OSU is 24-3 (!) in games in which they won the turnover battle.So what about that 2014 season? Did the Cowboys’ worst year in seven fall squarely on Spencer’s shoulders? Not exactly. The Cowboys graduated 17 defenders the season before, including Justin Gilbert, Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis. Those three accounted for 14 of OSU’s 21 interceptions in 2013.More importantly, OSU lost its starting quarterback in the second game of the season and was starting from scratch in terms of offensive line depth. If your offense can’t exceed three consecutive snaps before trotting back to the sideline, your defense is going to get stretched thin and become ineffective — especially when you’re they’re trying to slow down the Bryce Pettys and Trevone Bokins of the world.One thing this 2017 defense has in common with 2013 — the team it should hope to emulate — is that they’ve got the most seniors on defense since Spencer took over. His opportunistic 2013 squad had 13. He had eight in 2014. Followed by nine and eight in 2015 and 2016. But Spencer will embrace 14 of his guys on senior night 2017.Mike Gundy has built this program into a perennial Big 12 contender and they’re stacked at several positions moving forward. But record-setting quarterback-wide receiver duos don’t come along every year. And let’s not ignore the coaching change due south on I-35. One of these years, Texas might prove their preseason hype-mongers right? Tom Herman will have something to say about that now that he’s taken over.The Cowboys enter this fall with a fully installed second defensive scheme, as well. They’ve had all offseason to learn the three-man front they found some success with down the stretch in 2016. They’ve also made some position changes that may help, as well.Let’s hope Spencer’s 2017 defense can “take it back” like his 2013 group did. The Cowboys will need it they want to live up to some gaudy expectations. YearTOs GainedTOs LostMarginNational RankRecord 201528151.00T410-3 The headline probably won’t shock many of you. Oklahoma State’s defenders have been touting their “We’re Takin’ It Back” mantra for years. And it’s been a huge part of their defensive identity.So when CoachingSearch.com complied a list of college football’s top-20 defensive playcallers at forcing turnovers, Spencer was predictably included. The list ranks the best among FBS teams by average takeaways from 2013 to now.Coincidentally, that time frame corresponds with Spencer’s tenure as lead man on defense. He lands at No. 7 on the list with his teams averaging 1.92 takeaways per game. The Cowboys hold a record of 37-15 during that time. That’s just behind the likes of Gary Patterson and Phil Bennett and ahead of defensive coordinators like Brent Venables and Manny Diaz.AdChoices广告Winning the turnover battle goes a long way towards winning a game, no matter who you are. But when you field some of the explosive offenses Spencer’s crew has faced on the practice field, you want to get them as many extra possessions as possible.This defense is going to pitch very few shutouts. We know that. They’re going to give up some yards and some points. But when they dispossess other teams and defend the red zone well, this style of defense can be very effective.Here’s a breakdown of Spencer’s defenses when it comes to turnover margin.center_img 20141422-0.621117-6 201625140.85T1010-3 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more