Oklahoma State Football: 5 Defensive Players Poised to Step Up This Spring

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Oklahoma State Football: 5 Defensive Players Poised to Step Up This Spring
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Earlier in the week, we broke down the five Oklahoma State Cowboys offensive players who are most likely to step up into a featured role this spring. Now, we'll look at the defensive side of things.

The Pokes are losing a ton of talent on defense. Justin Gilbert, Caleb Lavey, Shaun Lewis, Calvin Barnett, Shamiel Gary, Tyler Johnson and Daytawion Lowe are all gone. For those of you counting at home, that's seven starters who need to be replaced, and that's not even counting key contributors like Tyler Patmon.

As you can tell, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has his work cut out for him this spring.

Fortunately, quite a few guys showed off hints of serious skill last year and should thrive with an increased role in 2014.

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