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Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

Gina Mizell Published: November 18, 2013
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Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert (4) returns an interception for a touchdown in front of UT's Mason Walters (72) and Kennedy Estelle (77) in the second quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert (4) returns an interception for a touchdown in front of UT's Mason Walters (72) and Kennedy Estelle (77) in the second quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the week Monday after tallying two interceptions against Texas, including one that was returned for a 43-yard touchdown.

Gilbert, who also recorded nine tackles and a pass breakup in the 38-13 win, now has six interceptions this season, which leads the Big 12 and is tied for fourth in the nation. This is the second consecutive week he’s been honored by the Big 12, as he was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week after returning the opening kickoff against Kansas for a 100-yard touchdown.

This is the 10th time an OSU player has earned a weekly individual honor, joining linebacker Caleb Lavey (Mississippi State), quarterback J.W. Walsh (Texas-San Antonio), punt returner Josh Stewart (Lamar and TCU), linebacker Shaun Lewis (Kansas State), kicker Ben Grogan (Kansas State), running back Desmond Roland (Iowa State) and quarterback Clint Chelf (Texas Tech).

At least one OSU player has earned a Player of the Week honor after every OSU win so far this season.