Additionally, he has three non-offensive touchdowns this year, including a 31-yard interception return at Iowa State, a 100-yard kickoff return against Kansas and a 43-yard interception return at Texas. He has eight non-offensive touchdowns in his career. The kickoff return against Kansas earned him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Gilbert leads all active players with six kickoff return touchdowns in his career. He is the Big 12 all-time leader in that category and is just one kickoff return touchdown shy of the NCAA career record of seven, held jointly by Clemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11). He also leads the Big 12 and ranks 17th nationally by averaging 26.6 yards per kickoff return. - Oklahoma State football
12/12/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM: Defensive back Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 200, Sr., Huntsville, Texas,...One of the nation's top cornerbacks and a finalist for the Thorpe Award, Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and also has seven pass breakups and 40 tackles. Gilbert previously earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors as a cornerback in 2011, while a year ago he notched second-team all-league honors as a kickoff returner. - Oklahoma State football
12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, Sr., Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville...One of the nation's top cornerbacks and a finalist for the Thorpe Award, Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and also has seven pass breakups and 40 tackles. - Oklahoma State football
12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Justin Gilbert (KR/PR, ST PoY)...One of the nation's top cornerbacks and a finalist for the Thorpe Award, Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and also has seven pass breakups and 40 tackles. - Oklahoma State football
12/12/2013 - 2013 THORPE AWARD FINALIST (TOP DEFENSIVE BACK): Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State...Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions this season. He has two pick-sixes on the year (at Iowa State and at Texas). His 11 career interceptions rank him 16th among all active players and his 25 career pass break-ups are the most for any Cowboy. - Thorpe Award
11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, CB, Sr, Huntsville, Texas...Justin Gilbert intercepted two passes and returned one 43 yards for a touchdown to help Oklahoma State to a 38-13 win over Texas. His interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter marked his second interception return for a score of the season. He also had a pick-six at Iowa State. It was the eighth non-offensive touchdown of his career. Gilbert's two interceptions give him 11 for his career. - BIG 12 football
11/11/2013 - WEEK 11 BIG 12 CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, KR, Sr, Huntsville, Texas,...Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Cowboys' 42-6 win over Kansas and set a Big 12 career record in the process. Gilbert's score, the sixth kickoff return touchdown of his career, gave him sole possession of the Conference's career record. He is also now the active leader among all NCAA players and just one kickoff return touchdown shy of tying the NCAA record of seven, held jointly by Clemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11). - Big 12 football
08/14/2013 - 2013 JET AWARD WATCH LIST: Justin Gilbert Sr. Oklahoma State,...The Jet Award honors the best return specialist in college football. Drawing its name from former Heisman trophy winner Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers, the Jet Award will be voted on by a selection committee, featuring football writers and broadcasters from around the country, as well as Rodgers. To be considered for the Jet Award, players must be a primary kick or punt returner for his team. They must be among the national leaders in return categories and show leadership, courage, desire and respect for authority and discipline. - Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation
08/12/2013 - TOP OKLAHOMA STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. CB Justin Gilbert (6-0, 195, 4.53)...An exciting return man on kickoffs, Gilbert isn't quite as steady at cornerback. Entering his third year as a starter for the Cowboys, he had a breakout sophomore season in 2011 with five interceptions but struggled with consistency last year as a junior. Gilbert can be physical and tough in press coverage, but his technique and footwork need an overhaul, opening his hips at the snap and allowing receivers to gain a step. He is too grabby in tight coverage, and his contact downfield will easily attract penalties at the next level. Gilbert gets himself in trouble when biting on fakes and pumps, but his high level of confidence is refreshing for the position.
He closes quickly downhill in run support, but his tackling technique is streaky at best with questionable angles when attacking the ballcarrier. Where Gilbert is most impressive is on kickoff returns with his long-striding speed, excellent patience and acceleration to turn on the jets when needed. He has five career touchdowns on kickoff returns through three seasons in Stillwater. But with recent rules limiting kickoff returns in the NFL, his value on special teams might be devalued for some NFL clubs. Overall, Gilbert has some desirable traits but is a tough guy to figure out and needs to show much more consistency if he hopes to be a top-100 NFL prospect down the road. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/2013 - Oklahoma State has been picked to win its second Conference championship in the 2013 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, voted on by media representatives who cover the Conference. Six teams received first-place votes, but the Cowboys had the most with 15 for a total of 365 points. OSU won its inaugural Big 12 title in 2011. Eight-time league champion Oklahoma tallied eight top votes and 355 points to finish second in the preseason rankings. The Sooners and Kansas State shared the 2012 Conference title.
TCU was chosen third with nine first-place votes and 347 points while Texas placed fourth with eight first-place nods and 337 points. Baylor picked up two first-place votes and totaled 282 points to finish fifth while K-State was awarded the final top vote and 240 points for sixth. The poll was rounded out by No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 8 West Virginia, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 10 Kansas. Head coaches and selected student-athletes will converge in Dallas from July 22-23 for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. - Big 12 football
07/15/2013 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State...Gilbert owns the OSU record and is tied for the Big 12 record with five career kickoff returns for touchdowns - a figure that puts him second among all active players. He is a 2013 preseason All-America kick returner by both Athlon Sports and Lindy's. As a cornerback, Gilbert was the defensive MVP of the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore in 2011. He enters 2013 with a streak of 26 consecutive starts. His 140 career tackles ranks third on the team.
Gilbert is a key figure for an Oklahoma State defense that ranks second nationally in turnovers forced since 2009 and is second in the Big 12 in fewest explosive plays allowed and fewest yards per play allowed since 2010. As a sophomore, he logged a career-high five interceptions, highlighted by picks at the expense of Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill and Oklahoma's Landry Jones. - Oklahoma State football
07/15/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, DB...Gilbert will enter 2013 with 26 straight starts under his belt at cornerback. One of the nation's top kick returners, Gilbert was the defensive most valuable player in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. - Oklahoma State football
01/06/2013 - Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert will return for his senior season, a school official confirmed to The Oklahoman Sunday. The Tulsa World first reported Sunday that Gilbert had told family members he would not enter the NFL Draft and had instead opted to come back to Stillwater for his final season of eligibility.
Gilbert followed up a promising sophomore season in 2011 with a disappointing junior campaign, tallying 63 tackles, zero interceptions, nine pass breakups and one forced fumble. He also averaged 25.8 yards per kick return, including a 96-yarder for a touchdown against West Virginia to set a school record for most kickoff returns for a touchdown in a career (five).
In 2011, Gilbert recorded five interceptions and was the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP in his first season as a starting cornerback. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. That development and production, combined with elite speed and natural athleticism, prompted immense hype about Gilbert heading into the 2012 season. Things, simply, did not pan out as expected.
Gilbert was often on the receiving end of outside criticism after a season where he was part of a Cowboy pass defense that allowed 280 yards per game and was often pushed by true freshman Kevin Peterson for playing time. - Gina Mizell, The Oklahoman
01/01/2013 - Scouting the Oklahoma State special teams: K/P Quinn Sharp might possess the most versatile leg in America. He is a regular on both punts and placements, capable of booming kickoffs through the end zone with a leg that gives the Cowboys considerable range when contemplating field goals. He also led the Big 12 with a 45.8-yard punting average. KR Justin Gilbert averaged 26.4 yards as the top return man in the conference, scoring one touchdown. Oklahoma State puts considerable emphasis into its kicking game. - The Sports Xchange
12/30/2012 - Sitting inside the locker room of Highland Park High School, Justin Gilbert spoke about how a strong performance in the Heart of Dallas Bowl would help send the Oklahoma State seniors out right and give the Cowboys a spark for next season. But could Gilbert be a part of the group leaving OSU, rather than the one sticking around for 2013? The cornerback remained tight-lipped about that, saying he will wait until after the bowl to decide whether he will return for his senior season or enter the NFL Draft.
But Gilbert did open up about his rocky junior season, one where he did not record an interception, was constantly pushed by a true freshman for playing time and endured plenty of outside criticism. "Pretty much, everything that could have happened bad, it happened," Gilbert said. "There were times when I couldn't make plays, but I just wanted it so bad that it didn't happen. I don't know. I just gotta wait for it to come to me, I guess."
"What he did his sophomore year is just the beginning," Cornerbacks coach Jason Jones said. "I think he has a huge upside. And I think (with) one more year, he'd have a chance to show just what he's capable of doing." - Gina Mizell, News Oklahoma
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