Keep adding to the list of honors for Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert after a fantastic senior season in 2013.
Gilbert was named the nation’s top defensive back by the College Football Performance Awards Tuesday after finishing the season with seven interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) to go along with 42 tackles, seven pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.
The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
“Gilbert finished the season not only with the strongest defensive back performance, but the strongest career kickoff return performance in Division I FBS college football,” said Brad Smith, executive director of the College Football Performance Awards.
Gilbert joins former Cowboys Perrish Cox (2008 kickoff returner), Dez Bryant (2008 wide receiver), Justin Blackmon (2010 wide receiver), Quinn Sharp (2009 and 2011 kickoff specialist) as recipients of this award at their respective positions.
Gilbert has also been named a Thorpe Award finalist, a first-team Walter Camp All-American, a first-team Football Writers Association of America All-American, a second team Associated Press All-American and a first-team All-Big 12 selection by both the Associated Press and the league’s coaches.