Joe Bob Clements

Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements joined the Oklahoma State coaching staff in January of 2013 immediately after helping lead his alma mater, Kansas State, to the Big 12 title in 2012. Four of Clements’ five years in Stillwater have resulted in 10-win seasons for the Cowboys.

Each of Clements’ five seasons in Stillwater have produced a team tackles for loss total that ranks among the top 10 single-season marks in school history. The Cowboys of 2017 averaged 7.3 tackles for loss per game to rank third in the Big 12.

In Clements’ five seasons in Stillwater, the OSU defensive line has averaged 25.7 sacks per season. In the three years prior to Clements’ arrival, Cowboy defensive linemen averaged 19.5 sacks per season. 

Clements’ 2017 defensive line finished with more tackles for loss than any other defensive line unit during the Mike Gundy era at Oklahoma State (2005-present), as the 2017 defensive linemen combined for 53.5 tackles for loss. The previous record was 52, set in 2016. Additionally, the Cowboy defensive line amassed 189 yards from sacks and 277 yards from tackles for loss in 2017, both of which rank as the most for a defensive line during the Gundy era at Oklahoma State.