Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert wasn't the only Cowboy slowed by a shoulder injury in Saturday night's 49-17 rout of Baylor.
Starting running back Desmond Roland had a similar injury, which was actually sustained the previous week at Texas.
Roland tallied 11 carries for 36 yards against the Bears but did not get a carry in the second half. He said Tuesday that he's been getting treatment two or three times per day and expects to be healed by next Saturday's Bedlam game.
“I need this time to get my shoulder back 100 percent so I can run over some ‘Boomer Sooners,'” Roland said. “It was kind of nerve-wracking again last game, just thinking about, ‘What if I lower my shoulder or fall on it the wrong way?'
“But I just put it all out of my mind after the first play.”
Gilbert admitted it was frustrating not being 100 percent in such a massive game, but he also expects his shoulder to be healthy by Bedlam.
“(The injury) kept me from doing the thing that I wanted to do the most, which was press those guys up (in coverage),” Gilbert said. “I had to play a little bit off of them because I didn't want to make the injury any worse than it was.
“But going into this next week, it should be 100 percent.”
BEING A THORPE AWARD FINALIST ‘SHOCKING' TO GILBERT
Because Gilbert was not semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, the Cowboy cornerback being named one of three finalists for the honor on Monday was a bit of a surprise.
Even to Gilbert himself.
“It's shocking,” he said. “It was totally unexpected, from not being on the top 15, the semifinal list. Just to make that jump, for me, was an impressive jump.
“I think it really came down to me making plays, and those guys up front allowing me to make those plays. The defensive line getting tremendous pass rush on the quarterback and just me making breaks on the ball. Everybody's doing their job.”
Gilbert is tied for fifth in the nation with six interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. He's also compiled 37 tackles, five pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.
Gilbert found out about being a finalist from cornerbacks coach Van Malone. But he was told to keep it a secret since there had not yet been a public announcement.
Gilbert obliged for most of the day, but “broke at the end,” sharing the news with teammates Deion Imade and Shaun Lewis and giving them the same order.
Shortly after, though, Gilbert received a tweet from former Cowboy safety Markelle Martin. The message? “Bring that Jim Thorpe Award home.”
“I was like, ‘How does he know?' Gilbert said. “So I looked on Twitter and I saw a bunch of people tweeting my name, so I pretty much knew it was out.”
Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard and Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner are the other finalists for the award.
The only other Big 12 coach nominated for the award is Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery.
* Saturday's win over Baylor gave OSU its first undefeated November since the 1945 team that went 9-0 and won the Sugar Bowl.
* The ABC telecast of Saturday's OSU-Baylor game averaged 6.616 million viewers, making it the most-viewed program of the night across all networks.