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First-year DC Jim Knowles looks to transform Oklahoma State defense

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Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles says his unit's mission is to be the fastest, play-calling defense in the country.

"That's our first goal," he said.

The first-year coordinator at Oklahoma State embraces the challenge of coaching in the Big 12.

"We're going to try to contest every passing route that we can," Knowles said. "We're going to look to crowd the line of scrimmage against the run. Literally we're going to try to win every single play."

With the Glenn Spencer era in the rear view mirror and a new 4-2-5 scheme in place, Knowles hopes to bring change to a defense that ranked 79th in the country last season.

"He's very passionate and it's like he doesn't get frustrated as a coach, he gets frustrated as a player," defensive tackle Darrion Daniels said.

"He's very energetic. He's going to run and he's going to scream," safety Kenneth Edison-McGruder said.

Knowles, a graduate of Cornell, is innovative in the way he engages his players.

"I take pride in being a good teacher, particularly how it relates to the millenial generation," Knowles said.

Knowles' blue collared attitude stems from growing up in the rough inner city of Philadelphia. Nothing was handed to him.

"Football saved my life," Knowles said.

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