Share “OSU football: A look at the top candidates...”

OSU football: A look at the top candidates to return punts

Justin Gilbert, Josh Stewart or David Glidden could get the job in 2012.
Compiled by Gina Mizell Published: April 5, 2012
Advertisement

Here's a look at the three main candidates to return punts for the Cowboys in 2012, as a well as some insight from OSU wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn, who has been working with returners during the spring.

Justin Gilbert, junior

2011 return stats: no punt returns; 20 kickoff returns, 27 yards per return, two touchdowns

Gilbert has already proven himself as a dynamic kickoff returner who can shake the first wave of defenders and then take it to the house with breakaway speed. But coaches have made an effort not to overwork a guy who also starts at cornerback and already has numerous special teams responsibilities. That is one key reason why Gilbert did not return punts in 2011, even though he claims former special teams coordinator Joe DeForest considered putting him back there following the Texas A&M game.

Kasey Dunn's take: “Gilbert's got an unbelievable ability with the ball in his hands. The thing he's got to work on most is making sure he gets enough catches and touches, because he's so active in everything else we do. He's on field-goal block. He's on kickoff return. He's on everything. He's such a talented guy, he's just everywhere.”

Continue reading this story on the...


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Bo Pelini rips Nebraska A.D. Shawn Eichorst in expletive-filled talk during final meeting with...
  2. 2
    More theaters bail on 'The Interview' in wake of hackers' threat
  3. 3
    Tulsa Washington alum Tyler Lockett on AFCA Coaches' All-American Team
  4. 4
    Murder conviction of 14-year-old executed in 1944 overturned
  5. 5
    Dez Bryant Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week
+ show more