Oklahoma State safety Daytawion Lowe watched quietly as members of the media flocked to offensive coordinator Todd Monken and quarterback Clint Chelf — a sight Lowe has become accustom to.

“We’re used to it by now,” Lowe said. “We know that those guys are going to get all the attention because it is a big deal. We just try to go about our business and maintain our focus.”

With so much being made about the quarterback situation, it’s easy to forget that the Cowboys return seven starters on defense, including three-fourths of its secondary.

“That’s the big thing for us,” Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young said. “We have got a lot of guys that have played a lot of football. We’ve added two or three guys in recruiting and guys who were redshirted but are now in the mix. All of that together has helped us quite a bit.”

It isn’t just quantity that has Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy fired up about his defense. It’s also the quality of athletes.

“One thing that stands out to me is we still have really good speed in the second level of our defense, guys that can run and make plays and get their hands on the ball,” Gundy said. “We haven’t had that the last few years, or since I’ve been head coach, so that’s really encouraging.”

Lowe said he expects the secondary to be the strength of the defense this season.

“We got a lot of guys that are getting a lot better,” Lowe said. “Really, I think that we’re accomplishing a lot. Everybody’s out to get better. We got a lot of young guys coming in and stepping up and making plays, so I think we’ll be pretty good.”

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