Kansas State, 1999
Second Year at OSU
Comments from Mike Gundy and others.
Cowboys hosted media availability session.
Comments from Mike Gundy and several members of the team.
Gundy talks about new defensive philosophy, what he's learned about the team this spring.
His impact was felt immediately at OSU, as the Cowboy defensive linemen combined for 17.5 sacks during his first year in Stillwater, up from 12.5 the year prior to his arrival. Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett was a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the Associated Press and the Big 12 coaches.
Oklahoma State saw significant improvement in the scoring column in Clements' first year, limiting opponents to 20.0 points per game, down from 28.2 points per game the year prior to his arrival. Thanks in no small part to the defensive line, OSU allowed only eight rushing touchdowns during the 2013 regular season, a mark that ranked seventh nationally.
The Cowboys enter the Cotton Bowl ranked in the top 25 nationally in scoring defense (14th), turnovers gained (seventh), passes intercepted (fourth), red zone defense (fifth), pass efficiency defense (ninth), tackles for loss (15th), third-down conversion percentage defense (seventh) and rushing defense (22nd) just one year after ranking in the top 25 nationally in only one of those categories (tackles for loss - 25th in 2012).
The Cowboys forced 30 turnovers in Clements' first year, with defensive linemen responsible for six fumbles forced, three fumbles recovered and two blocked kicks.
During Clements' 16 combined years as a player, staffer and full-time assistant coach at K-State, the Wildcats won two Big 12 championships, four Big 12 North championships, won nine or more games in a season 11 times and won 10 or more games in a season nine times.
In 2012, K-State led the Big 12 in scoring defense, ranked second in the conference in rushing defense, turnovers gained and sacks and was third in both total defense and pass efficiency defense. One of Clements' defensive ends, Meshak Williams, was honored as Big 12 defensive lineman of the year after leading the league in sacks and another, Adam Davis, was a second-team all-Big 12 honoree who led the league with four fumbles forced.
From 2004-05, Clements served as K-State's recruiting coordinator. The two recruiting classes he spearheaded produced future NFL players Zac Diles, Yamon Figurs, Tearrius George, Justin McKinney and Reggie Walker.
Clements spent seven seasons as a full-time member of the K-State coaching staff, plus two seasons at San Diego State and one season at Kansas prior to joining the staff at Oklahoma State.
At San Diego State from 2006-07, Clements' time was highlighted by the performance of first-team all-Mountain West Conference defensive lineman Antwan Applewhite. In Applewhite, Clements coached the first Aztec defensive lineman to earn first-team all-Mountain West Conference honors in seven years.
At Kansas in 2008, Clements helped coach the Jayhawks to an eight-win season and a win over division champion and archrival Missouri. The 2008 Jayhawks picked up a convincing 42-21 win over Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.
Clements broke into coaching as a student assistant at K-State in 1999, was elevated to a graduate assistant post with the Wildcats in 2001 and earned his first full-time coaching position when Bill Snyder promoted him to K-State defensive ends coach in 2003.
Clements played defensive end at K-State from 1994-98. He was a member of five bowl teams with the Wildcats, highlighted by trips to the Cotton and Fiesta Bowls.
Clements graduated from Kansas State in 1999 with a bachelors degree in mass communications, then added a master's degree in counseling (student development) from K-State in 2009.
Clements and his wife, Pelusa, have four children, Orianna, Chance, Emma and Kaden.
Clements at a Glance
Year By Year
1999-2000: Kansas State, Student Assistant
2001-02: Kansas State, Graduate Assistant
2003-05: Kansas State, Defensive Ends
2006-07: San Diego State, Defensive Line
2008: Kansas, Defensive Line
2009-11: Kansas State, Defensive Ends
2012: Kansas State, Defensive Run Game Coord./Defensive Ends
2013-present: Oklahoma State, Defensive Line
1999 Holiday Bowl
2001 Insight.com Bowl
2001 Cotton Bowl
2002 Holiday Bowl
2004 Fiesta Bowl
2008 Insight Bowl
2010 Pinstripe Bowl
2012 Cotton Bowl
2013 Fiesta Bowl
2014 Cotton Bowl
Antwan Applewhite, Carolina Panthers
Caleb Blakesley, Kansas
Adam Davis, Kansas State
Thomas Houchin, Indianapolis Colts
Kevin Huntley, Atlanta Falcons
Andrew Shull, Detroit Lions
Meshak Williams, Kansas State