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New faces uncertain at Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State will break in nine new starters on defense this spring, but for defensive coordinator Bill Young, that could be a positive.

Last season, Young strung together a solid season, ranking fourth in both total and scoring defense in a conference with three of college football's best defenses in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

This season, he’ll get another year with players in his system at his alma mater, and when fall arrives, he’ll be able to employ the services of players he recruited personally that better fit that system, like defensive linemen Davidell Collins and Diamonte Wheeler.

On offense, quarterback Alex Cate packed his bags, leaving 26-year-old former minor league baseball player Brandon Weeden as the likely replacement for Zac Robinson. But Weeden’s status is based almost entirely on one half of play in a Thursday night win over Colorado, and a big spring performance by early enrollee quarterback Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs, Okla., could threaten that status.