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The lightning bolts might be on the offense, but the body count definitely favors the defense as Glenn Spencer tries to make up for the team's highest impact losses.

Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

29 Seniors

15 from the defensive side of the ball:

Gilbert, Justin CB
Patmon, Tyler CB
Craig, Zack S
Gary, Shamiel S
Stephens, Larry S
Lowe, Daytawion S
Imade, Deion LB
Sumpter, Steve LB
Lewis, Shaun LB
Mitchell, Joe LB
Lavey, Caleb LB
Johnson, Tyler DE
Barnett, Calvin DT
Collins, Davidell DT
Rogers, Anthony DT

Most of them contributors on defense, the others on special teams, some on both.

So it shouldn't be surprising that 16 of the Cowboys' signees for 2014 favor the defensive side of the ball.

Trey Roberts ATH (?) HS 6'1'' 190
ATH (?) HS 6'0'' 180
Chris Hardeman CB HS 5'8'' 190
Juwan Offrey CB HS 6'0'' 163
Dylan Harding S HS 6'2'' 192
S JUCO 6'1'' 210
S HS 6'1'' 185
Josh Mabin ILB HS 6'1'' 215
ILB JUCO 6'0'' 230
Justin Phillips ILB HS 5'11'' 210
Gyasi Akem OLB HS 6'1'' 210
Jordan Brailford DE HS 6'3'' 220
DE HS 6'4'' 255
DE HS 6'6'' 210
RB (DE) HS 6'3'' 235
Joyan Williams DT HS 6'2'' 255

Based on the losses, there are a LOT of potential immediate contributors here, especially at DB and LB. The two JUCO transfers should figure in right away.

Most of the DL candidates need to add bulk with only a couple possessing enough size to step right in (Carter, Owens), and that's at DE. Defensive tackle will have to depend on the guys coming back, but in Joe Bob we trust.

Should make for pretty interesting spring and fall camps as Spencer tries to follow up on his performance from last season, one of the best in the history of OSU football.

Stay tuned for Graham Coffelt's upcoming post highlighting the potential immediate impact recruits.