Justin Gilbert's two interceptions lead the way for Orange squad.
Cowboys hosted media availability session.
Glenn Spencer talks about the Cowboy linebackers.
Lunt, Yurcich face the media for the first time.
Lunt, Yurcich face the media for the first time.
Glenn Spencer was promoted to defensive coordinator in January of 2013. He coached the Cowboy defensive line in 2008 and has coached the OSU linebackers from 2009 through the present.
The Cowboys have become one of the Big 12's elite teams with Spencer on the staff, as OSU has amassed a 49-16 record since he came to Stillwater prior to the 2008 season. OSU won a share of the Big 12 South title in 2010 and won the Big 12 outright in 2011. The Cowboys appeared in - and won - their first-ever BCS bowl game in 2011 with a victory over Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Spencer's linebackers helped lead the way for OSU to lead the Big 12 in red zone scoring defense, rank third in rushing defense, fourth in pass efficency defense and second in third-down defense in 2012.
In just two years under Spencer's guidance, linebacker Alex Elkins went from not even playing high school football to leading OSU in tackles during the 2012 season.
The Oklahoma State defense has been among the nation's most opportunistic over the past four years, as the Cowboys have forced 130 turnovers to rank second nationally in that span. OSU led the nation with 44 turnovers forced in 2011 and was fifth with 34 in 2010.
Oklahoma State led the nation in turnover margin and fumbles recovered and ranked second in the nation in passes intercepted in 2011. OSU led the Big 12 in scoring defense in conference games and was 12th nationally in red zone defense.
Under Spencer's guidance, middle linebacker Orie Lemon exploded onto the national stage in 2010. A first-team All-Big 12 honoree, Lemon ranked third in the Big 12 and 18th in the nation with 10.2 tackles per game. His 101 solo tackles led the Big 12 and ranked third nationally. Lemon finished with 133 total tackles. In his three previous seasons combined prior to 2010, Lemon had 96 tackles.
Spencer was part of a defensive coaching staff that helped OSU improve to 31st nationally in total defense and a group that ranked 11th nationally in rushing defense in '09.
Before coming to OSU in 2008, he spent the previous three seasons as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach at Duke.
During his time with the Blue Devils, Spencer coached John Talley to first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in both 2005 and 2006. He did remarkable work on the recruiting front for Duke, helping the Blue Devils land the nation's No. 31 class in 2005 and the No. 36 class in 2006, according to Scout.com.
Prior to his arrival at Duke, Spencer coached the defensive line at Georgia Tech in 2002 and 2003 and served as the Yellow Jackets' running backs coach in 2001. With Spencer coaching the defensive line, Georgia Tech ranked 12th nationally in rushing defense, 20th in total defense and 27th in scoring defense in 2003 and placed a pair of representatives on the All-ACC squad. Eric Henderson earned first-team recognition after leading the conference with 11 quarterback sacks and logging 24 tackles for loss, and Travis Parker earned honorable mention honors. In addition, Spencer coached Mansfield Wrotto to Freshman All-America honors.
Spencer coached All-ACC tailback Joe Burns in 2001, helping Burns to become just the fifth 1,000-yard rusher in Yellow Jacket history.
During his time with Georgia Tech, he coached the Yellow Jackets in the Silicon Valley Football Classic in 2002 and the Seattle Bowl in 2001. He helped Georgia Tech to an appearance in the 2003 Humanitarian Bowl, but did not coach in the game as he accepted the assistant head coach job at Duke following the regular season but prior to the bowl game.
Prior to his time at Tech, Spencer spent 11 seasons at West Georgia, highlighted by a successful three-year run as head coach from 1998-2000. Spencer compiled a 28-7 record that included Gulf South Conference championships and NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 1998 and 2000. The American Football Coaches Association honored him as the NCAA Division II Region Coach of the Year in 1998 after he coached the Braves to a 10-2 record. He led the team to an 8-3 mark in 1999 and a 10-2 record in 2000 and left West Georgia with a Gulf South Conference-record .800 winning percentage.
Spencer started his coaching career as an assistant at West Georgia in 1990. He coached the defensive line and linebackers for seven years before taking over as defensive coordinator in 1997 when the Braves captured the school's first Gulf South Conference title while establishing a single-season school record for scoring defense.
A 1987 graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in management, Spencer has two sons, Luke and Abraham. He and his wife, Jeannine Edwards of ESPN, were married in July of 2013.
Spencer at a Glance