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Spring football inside look: Cornerbacks

Gina Mizell Modified: April 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013

Continuing our position-by-position look at Oklahoma State as spring practice gets underway. The Cowboys are off this week for spring break.

Cornerback

Who’s gone

Brodrick Brown, departed senior
2012 stats: 62 tackles (three for loss), one sack, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery

Andrae May, departed senior
2012 stats: Two tackles (one for loss), one interception

Devin Hedgepeth, injury
2012 stats: Two tackles

Jonovan Griffin, left program
2012 stats: No stats (injured)

Who’s back

Justin Gilbert, senior
2012 stats: 63 tackles (two for loss), nine pass breakups, one forced fumble

Kevin Peterson, sophomore
2012 stats: 20 tackles, two pass breakups

Ashton Lampkin, sophomore
2012 stats: 18 tackles, one interception

Miketavious Jones, sophomore
2012 stats: Three tackles

Who arrives in the fall
Jerel Morrow, freshman (“athlete” recruit)
Darius Curry, freshman
Taylor Lewis, freshman

The skinny

This is one of the more intriguing positions to monitor this spring, particularly with Van Malone moving over from safeties to coach this group. Cornerback was a highly criticized position for the Cowboys last season, with starters Gilbert and Brown accounting for zero interceptions and consistently playing loose coverage on receivers. Still, Brown was a consistent contributor during his career who now needs to be replaced, and Gilbert should be motivated after his disappointing 2012 essentially forced him to come back for his senior season. Peterson and Lampkin, who both saw significant playing time as true freshmen, will battle for the other starting spot in their first spring on campus. Jones will also need to contribute, and the three incoming freshmen could challenge for immediate playing time this fall.

Other cornerbacks on spring football roster
Alex Luft
Archibald Ocloo-Lee
Bryant Reber

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