OSU's Gilbert secures consensus All-America status

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Updated: 12/17/2013 8:22 pm Published: 12/17/2013 8:20 pm

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert earned the distinction of being a 2013 consensus All-American Tuesday after the Associated Press named him to its second-team All-America squad.

To be a consensus All-American, a player must be named to at least three of the five recognized All-America teams, which are those of the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

With the AFCA yet to announce its team, Gilbert has already been honored by the FWAA (first team), Walter Camp (first team) and the Associated Press (second team).

Including Gilbert, Oklahoma State has 12 players who combined for 14 consensus All-America honors in its history. Bob Fenimore (1944 and 1945) and Justin Blackmon (2010 and 2011) both earned the distinction twice.

One of three finalists for the Thorpe Award presented to the nation’s top defensive back, Gilbert enters the AT&T Cotton Bowl with six interceptions this season, a mark that leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth nationally. He has two pick-sixes on the year, coming at Iowa State and at Texas. His 11 career interceptions rank him 14th among all active players and his 27 career pass break-ups are the most for any Cowboy.

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.

A native of Huntsville, Texas, 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.

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