From the Coordinators: Bill Young

Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young said he saw plenty of improvement at Texas A&M in the second half and he saw that improvement continue during the bye week work last week.

Young was happier than he'd been at anytime this season with turnovers forced in the second half at A&M. he was happiest with the pass rush generated by a combination of players up front on the defensive line. Pass rush without having to bring extra personnel. He was also very happy with the play in the secondary, especially the play from the corners.

"Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert are playing outstanding," said Young. "Jason Jones does a great job with those guys. Devin Hedgepeth is loss; losing him is a big one. Justin, you can just see him getting better each day. He has all the physical attributes to be a great player, and now you see him getting that temperament and ability to go challenge receivers, which is really impressive."

Like many of his players, Young saw his former team, that's right, remember Young was at Kansas for their best season in many years, the 11-1 mark and the Orange Bowl berth under Mark Mangino. In fact, it was while at Kansas that Young recruited some of the Oklahoma State players he now coaches like Cooper Bassett. Young is actually glad not he lost those recruiting battles. He did like Kansas.

"It was a great time. Lawrence is a beautiful town, great place to live, great community and the university is a heck of an academic area," said the veteran defensive coach. "We got better and better in the time I was there, and ended up 12-1 in my last year, so it couldn't have gotten a whole lot better."

Back to that Kansas offense. It wasn't bad on Saturday especially early in surging to a 20-3 lead on Texas Tech.

"They have the ability to score and they have some athletes," Young explained. "They're a big physical offensive line, big tight end and they have a whole stable of running backs. They're a Big 12 team, so we better have ourselves ready to play."

And last season KU surged ahead of Oklahoma State early, so there is no excuse for Young's defenders not to be ready.

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