Is Joe Bob The Cowboys' Secret Weapon?

Joe Bob Clements

Last week many Oklahoma State fans came out of the 30-21 upset loss to West Virginia believing Dana Holgorsen and Joe DeForest were secret weapons with their knowledge of OSU and much of the Cowboys personnel. Now the advantage in secret intel would be in the OSU camp as the Cowboys now have longtime Kansas State player and assistant coach Joe Bob Clements on their side.

Clements played for current Kansas State coach Bill Snyder from 1994 to '98, and overall he has served 16 seasons as a player or assistant coach, leaving the Cats as a defensive line coach to come to OSU in the same capacity.

He coached many of the current Wildcat defensive linemen and he knows the K-State ways. Gundy admits that is part of the reason he hired Clements to learn what the assistant soaked up from one of the greatest coaches in college history that accomplished one of the most impressive program turnarounds in the history of college football.

How much does that help this Saturday?

"I don't know. If I try to do too much of that it might end up causing more issues than benefits," said Clements. "I've spent a lot of time practicing against Kansas State's offense, but it's a different perception because we never had to play them.

"They did things in practice that caused us problems, but we would just shrug it off because we weren't keeping score; we didn't have to play them. Now that I'm an opponent, I'm seeing it through a different set of eyes."

His immediate supervisor, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, admits to picking Clements' brain since they left Morgantown. Spencer is willing to take advantage of anything Clements may know, like something we all know, Tyler Lockett is pretty good at wide receiver.

"It was always good to have him on our side. He is a good football player," explained Clements of the former Tulsa Washington receiver who leads the Big 12 in total yardage. "I read somewhere that he's up there in the nation in all-purpose yardage right now.

"He has great genetics. I got the chance to play with his father and his uncle, and they were both tremendous people and tremendous players. Tyler fits right in there with them. He's fast, he has great hands and he's maturing as a receiver. He will probably be playing on Sundays."

Just as Clements may have some intel, Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder is out to make sure the inside knowledge Clements possesses is rendered useless.

"There are just some things that you have to change," Snyder said. "We have tried to identify what we need to change."

There is also some sentimentality too, as Clements met his wife at Kansas State, and his four children have K-State roots. It is his alma mater, but don't call him for tickets.

"Yeah, I have no tickets available. I have four kids and a wife, so those tickets were eaten up a long time ago," admits the veteran coach. "I have no seats available, especially for anyone wearing purple."

Hopefully, Clements inside info will aid in an Oklahoma State victory. But Clements said it will be just like any other game for him and he will present it that way to his current players. He has respect for the Kansas State players and the staff, but this is business.

"It's going to be good. This is a profession," concluded Clements. "I obviously care about the players and coaches over there, and I think it's going to be fun. It's going to be great to get after it and compete. It's going to be a hard-fought game, and I want us to come out on top. That's what we're preparing for - to win. Regardless, I think it will be a great matchup."

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