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Oklahoma State football: Desmond Roland, Justin Gilbert expect to be healthy for Bedlam

By Gina Mizell Published: November 27, 2013
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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.”

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