Oklahoma State football: Don't overlook Kansas State's special teams

by Gina Mizell Published: October 30, 2012

Barnett, who has started every game for the Cowboys this season, has 17 tackles (3.5 for loss), four quarterback hurries, and a pass break-up.

An OSU spokesperson had no comment on Barnett's most recent charge.

GUNDY: COWBOYS NEED MORE OUT OF JUSTIN GILBERT

In Justin Gilbert's first two seasons at OSU, he had four kick returns for touchdowns. Last season, he intercepted five passes, three from 2012 NFL first-round picks and current starters (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill). He was named the Fiesta Bowl MVP and labeled a top-15 NFL Draft prospect by ESPN guru Mel Kiper Jr. heading into 2012.

But during what was supposed to be his best and potentially last season at OSU, Gilbert has yet to intercept a pass or produce a kick return touchdown.

One of OSU's biggest playmakers, simply, hasn't made any plays.

“His performance before (the TCU game) was below average, in this one it was average,” Gundy said Monday. “It needs to be considerably better for us to play at a high level and for him personally.”

But the cornerback and coach are working toward that.

Sunday, Gundy sat down with Gilbert to let him know the Cowboys need him to “turn it on.”

“The good news with him, he's got something to turn on,” Gundy said. “A lot of times we have discussions with kids, and they don't have any gas left in the tank. He's got a lot of gas in his tank. So he can turn it on if he wants to do it.”

And it seems the cornerback agreed.

“Look, this is where you're at, and you're a guy that could be a force. There's not many guys that look like you, can run and jump and catch like you and make plays,” Gundy said he told Gilbert.

“And he understands that. He's not the first guy (a disappointing season has) ever happened to.”

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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