Spring Notebook: Offensive Indigestion

New defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements knew what he was getting into when he relocated to Oklahoma State to coach the Cowboys defensive line. Any defensive coach in the Big 12 has to get a headache, indigestion, or some physical malady thinking about trying to stop the crazy, wild spread offenses in the Big 12.

Clements had that task at Kansas State, but what he didn't have was the daily exposure to that style of offense that he does now at Oklahoma State.

"We have our own personal stash of Ibuprofen and Alka Seltzer in the defensive staff room," Clements said of the prospect of seeing the high tempo, explosive offenses.

"It is not easy, but I mentioned to the defensive coaches that I know one thing so far, we shouldn't have a problem getting ready or getting used to these high powered, fast-paced offenses in the Big 12 because we see one every day," he said.

Clements reports that his defensive linemen have looked good so far.

But he also says, "We were in pajamas (Monday) and back in pajamas today, so we haven't really seen anything yet," added the former defensive end at K-State. "We'll know more when the collisions start."

Lots of Recruiting Going On; One Offer Made
Spring practice always draws a lot of prospects, and Wednesday was a busy day with four high school recruits watching from the sidelines during the two-hour practice.

Sione Teuhema of Keller, Texas, is a 6-3, 220-pound defensive end, and he confirmed that Oklahoma State has offered him a scholarship. Last season Teuhema finished with 52 tackles, 37 unassisted for the 3-7 Keller Indians.

Teuhema also had five sacks and forced two fumbles. He is so athletic that he was used to return kicks and also played some receiver. He is a 2014 prospect, but his brother Tristian Teuhema, who accompanied him to Stillwater, is a 2015 offensive tackle prospect. The 6-5, 325-pound junior-to-be was also offered a scholarship and had the full attention of OSU offensive line coach Joe Wickline after practice.

Two quarterback prospects in attendance were Ben Arbuckle of Canadian, Texas, and Ryan Cottingame of Sunnyvale, Texas.

Arbuckle is a 6-3, 175-pounder who is currently playing tennis and running the 110-meter hurdles in track. Last season he completed 65 percent of his passes (292-of-448) for 3,683 yards with 14 touchdowns and 45 touchdowns for Canadian, which finished 10-3.

Cottingame completed 156-of-266 passing for 2,064 yards with 13 interceptions and 19 touchdowns. He also ran for 443 yards and five touchdowns for the 7-3 Sunnyvale Raiders.


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