Q&A With Defensive Coordinator Tim Beckman

STILLWATER - New Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman and his son Tyler, a junior who will play next season at Stillwater High School, flew into Oklahoma City early Saturday afternoon. They arrived in Stillwater as the OSU-Missouri game was wrapping up and Beckman immediately jumped into his new job by having lunch with the 97 prospects on campus for Junior Day.

The former Ohio State secondary coach and assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Bowling Green did take about 20 minutes out of his schedule to get an introduction and speak with a few media members, including Go Pokes Magazine. Executive Editor Robert Allen. Here are a few of the questions that Tim Beckman dealt with in his first introduction to the media as Oklahoma State's defensive coordinator.

Q: How does it feel to be on campus and the new defensive coordinator for Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State?
Beckman: It's great to be here, and with the facilities that Oklahoma State has it is great to be part of Coach Gundy's program. He has a great staff. I knew Gunter Brewer even before I came to Oklahoma State. I know what type of coach he is and I'm excited to work with him, Coach Gundy,and all the coaches on the staff. I'm excited to be here in Stillwater.

Q: What do you think of the competition in the Big 12?
Beckman: Playing Texas, as we did last year at Ohio State, and Oklahoma, when I was defensive coordinator at Bowling Green, they do a great job in the Big 12 South and in the North, They do a great job with their offensive schemes. We play a good brand of football up in the Big 10 and we've played some non-conference teams that are pretty good too. I look forward to the challenge, and I know it will be a challenge, one that we as a defensive staff will look forward to attacking.

Q: What is your defensive philosophy?
Beckman: You know it is a lot of the same things that you see a lot of people doing now. You have to pressure the quarterback in today's age. The unique thing is that I've been through an Urban Meyer offense in that I had to compete against it every day in practice (at Bowling Green). You can see the evolution of that offense in today's age. You are going to see our defense get after and do as much as we can to work on the quarterback, to make sure that we do things sound, mentally sound and pressure the quarterback as much as we can.

Q: How much have you seen of the players you will soon be coaching?
Beckman: I watched the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game. We were fortunate enough to watch that game after our season was over and the Michigan win the week before at Ohio State. We were together as a staff watching that game. I did get to see that game. I have seen a little film. As a defensive coordinator you are excited about any challenge that you have. I think here at Oklahoma State you have great talent and I just look forward to working with these guys in about 15 days for spring football.

Q: You were looked at as a key component going into the Ohio State staff as somewhat of a "guru" of defending spread offenses?
Beckman: No guru staff, but when you practice against it every day and Greg Brandon also did it at Bowling Green you know how to defend it or you think you know how to defend it. You have some ideas and it is taking away the quarterback. The Vince Youngs and what they did at Texas there is what you are up against. In my opinion you have to create different looks to the quarterback. It might be a coverage look, it might be a movement look, a new read, or it can be pressure. It doesn't always have to be pressure. You have got to be able to give that quarterback different things that he must read or key. It goes back to me. It goes back to the old schemes of offenses when Woody (Hayes) was running it. They are running a option-based running game. They are reading a defensive lineman like they did in the split back veer and you have to create different looks for that quarterback.

Q: I have heard you like to be creative on the back end?
Beckman: I think again it comes from the disguise. If the quarterback can read what you are doing under center or back in the gun with an early look then I think you are in trouble. I feel that you have to show thred-deep, two-deep schemes. You have to be able to zone pressure, man pressure, and you have to create different pictures for the quarterback. I know the quarterbacks in this league are great, just like the ones in the Big 10, and you give them a two-deep look all game long then they are going to eat you up. We used Tampa, we did it all. We were a man, Tampa, the old two, quarters, probably not as much quarters as I was accustomed to at Bowling Green, and then inverting the safeties into the box is th other thing that has been very beneficial.

Q: What about the front end of the defense?
Beckman: We are going to be in a four-man (front) and then all of a sudden we'll be in a three-man. With our personnel you can easily change by standing up one of those defensive linemen and being in a three-man front. Give them different pictures no matter who is making that call whether it is the center or the quarterback. Whoever is making those protection calls that if you give them different looks that will create different problems for them, a guessing game. We have to get on top of the guessing game. To me it is being able to be multiple and keep it simple so that the kids can understand what we are doing.

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