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Oklahoma State football: Devin Hedgepeth's injury hurts secondary depth

A pair of true freshmen and a redshirt freshman will be thrown into the fire as the Cowboys enter Big 12 play.
By Gina Mizell Published: September 18, 2012

Additional veteran help is on the way, as well. Senior Andrae May, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the spring, returned to practice last week and is expected to be ready to play against Texas on Sept. 29. Last season, May had 19 tackles and a fumble recovery.

“He's played in some Big 12 games, so he understands what this is going to be like,” Jason Jones said. “He is a guy that is working his tail off to get back. He's a senior, so I'm expecting him to provide that leadership and that experience that we need to go ahead and finish the season strong.”

Another potential option to shore up depth could be moving Larry Stephens, who switched to safety during fall camp, back to cornerback. But Jason Jones said the coaches like Stephens much better at his new position, and that he believes Peterson, Lampkin, Miketavious Jones and May give the Cowboys enough quality backup corners.

The bye week before the Longhorns visit Stillwater should help this position group, by giving May another week to return to full health and the young corners more time to keep developing.

And despite the recent serious injuries, Gilbert still believes the Cowboys have a stable group at cornerback.

“I don't really feel any pressure at all,” Gilbert said. “Because we know we got kids behind (me and Brown) that can make plays, as well.”