Oklahoma State football: Tracy Moore is the perfect practice partner for Justin Gilbert

The loss of Justin Blackmon to the NFL and Moore to injury left Gilbert without anyone to challenge him in practice. The lack of intensity carried over to games.
by John Helsley Published: April 18, 2013
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photo - OSU's Justin Gilbert (4) returns an intercepted Baylor pass from the end zone past Terrance Williams (2) of Baylor  in the second quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears (BU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
OSU's Justin Gilbert (4) returns an intercepted Baylor pass from the end zone past Terrance Williams (2) of Baylor in the second quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears (BU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

“Nah, he's lying,” Moore said. “No, we go at it. One-on-one, they're not supposed to win. He needs help. They double-team a lot.

“They try to hide the double-team, Daytawion Lowe is always hiding over the top.”

Clearly, it's on between Moore and Gilbert. And it isn't just chatter.

“They go at it pretty good,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “Justin has had a really nice change of attitude in the last few months. He has been more competitive in spring ball than he was over the last 12 months, in my opinion. He is certainly very talented.

“And then obviously Tracy likes to have success. It certainly makes both players better.”

Verbal jabs aside, Moore expresses genuine respect for Gilbert. And recognition of what their daily drama can mean when the play turns real.

Moore figures he won't face any better competition than what he's facing in practice.

“I definitely feel that way,” Moore said. “I don't think I've ever played a corner who has his type of athletic ability. He'll jog with you, because he has so much speed, then when the ball is in the air, he'll turn it on.

“You think you've got him beat and he's always there. That's why I learn form him and I enjoy going against him. We definitely benefit each other.

“He's going to see little, fast receivers all day, but somebody that slows the game down, is more precise with everything he does, bigger body types ... you don't see many of us in the league that can play out wide like that, which is what he's gonna deal with next year in the NFL, too.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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