From the Coordinators: Bill Young

Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young was pretty happy with his defense on Saturday. The first team defenders held ULL to 173 yards of offense, 1-of-11 third down conversions and six points through three quarters.

There were also five sacks by the defense and four of those by defensive linemen, two by defensive tackles.

"They are young but they played pretty good," said Young of his defensive tackles. "It was a starting point and they will have to get a whole lot better."

On the whole, the defense was pretty good and even the second and third units that gave up points still gained valuable experience. Young can see the good and the bad and he is able to see where the mistakes can be corrected.

"There's a whole lot of things we need to improve on," Young said. "Obviously, we're not a finished product. Our kids flew around. The big thing we saw as coaches is we need to create more turnovers. We had some opportunities, but we dropped some balls. We had a fumble or two that we didn't get and we have to come up with those balls because it changes the game."

One guy that got a lot of playing time and had a second quarter pick on a read and a run through was sophomore Devin Hedgepeth. Young sees a player that is really coming on fast.

"He's an unbelievably intelligent guy - he's an engineering major - and he doesn't make any mental errors," said Young. "He's a heck of an athlete and he's got a great attitude. He's the whole package."

As for the short week, Young said the Cowboys prepared for it and the Wildcats do have a slightly different look on offense.

"You know they have kind of gone back to their roots, you know more of the four wide receiver formations," Young said. "We practiced for them some during two-a-days anticipating this game and knowing it was going to be a short week, and also their offense is very, very similar to our offense. There's a few plays that they run that we don't, but that helps prepare us. You have to think that they're in the same situation: they played Saturday also."

I've said before this defense is improved. They are not the finished product, but they are improving fast and that is really fun for Oklahoma State football fans.

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