More aggressive defense sought at Oklahoma State

With a new defensive coordinator in charge, Oklahoma State's defense is taking on a new attitude.

The buzzword during spring practice is "aggressive."

Coach Mike Gundy says the Cowboys are more athletic on defense than ever, and that means they can challenge offenses more than ever before. He wants to see more pressure on opposing quarterbacks and less easy catches by opposing receivers.

Gundy says he has been disappointed with his team's defensive approach, particularly in the passing game. Last season, the Cowboys ranked 110th out of 120 Bowl Subdivision teams in pass defense, giving up 280 yards per game.

After the season, Gundy replaced defensive coordinator Bill Young by promoting linebackers coach Glenn Spencer.

Oklahoma State will play its spring game Saturday.

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