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OSU football: Cowboys hope to have cornerback Justin Gilbert, receiver Josh Stewart available

Consider both questionable for Saturday's game against Baylor.
by John Helsley Published: November 21, 2013

Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert showed up to cheer on Marcus Smart and Co. Tuesday night.

Any applause, however, was limited to one hand.

Gilbert, as much in the crosshairs as any Oklahoma State player Saturday against Baylor, had his left arm in a sling, due to a shoulder injury suffered late in last weekend's win over Texas.

Could be precautionary.

Could be something more.

And there's still no word on the availability of Cowboys receiver and punt returner Josh Stewart – another key figure in this showdown with the Bears – who missed the Texas win with a foot injury.

Consider them both questionable.

And if both, or particularly Gilbert should be missing, the Cowboys might find their saddles in a sling.

The Bears have their own injury issues, which heightened this week when starting left tackle Spencer Drango was lost to back surgery.

So this savory showdown of No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 10 OSU could involve some missing ingredients on both sides.

Still, the Cowboys are the double-digit underdog, trying to contend with a Bears offense that averages 61.2 points and 684.8 yards per game, both national bests. And Baylor runs it (300.4 ypg) and throws it (384.4 ypg) equally well, applying stress to every aspect of a defense.

Gilbert's value can't be underestimated, as his dominant play at cornerback has been a major factor in OSU's improvement. The Cowboys are tied with Florida State for the national lead with 19 interceptions, six of which have come from Gilbert, who this week gained notice by ESPN NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.

Kiper vaulted Gilbert to No. 1 in his cornerback ratings. Scouts Inc., another ESPN draft staple, also reflected a rapid rise, now showing Gilbert at No. 15 on their draft board as the first cornerback listed.

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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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