October 31, 2012

Gilbert has gas left in the tank








Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III faked a hand off, set his feet, and threw to the slant route on the right side of the field.

The Bears trailed Oklahoma State 21-0 in Stillwater early in the second quarter, but were threatening on the 5-yard line.

OSU corner back Justin Gilbert had other plans, and shot past the BU receiver to jump the quick route and intercept Griffin's pass.

In that moment, Gilbert showed his clutch factor. The same occurred in the Fiesta Bowl, when he finished the game on the awards podium accepting the Defensive MVP award.

This year has been a completely different story. Gilbert hasn't been the same, resembling a shell of himself, but he's still working on it.

"Just going in and watching the clips of the way teams have been coming at me this year," he said. "Seeing how they've been trying to attack me, so I try to limit the mistakes when that happens."

So far this season, Gilbert has 25 tackles, zero interceptions and just three pass breakups. He's been exposed multiple times, including against the Texas Longhorns when he gave up a big catch up the right sideline as time ticked away.

Coming into this year, it was supposed to be the exact opposite. Gilbert was expected to be such a dominant force this year that he would have no choice but to go pro once the season was finished up.

Instead, Gilbert has struggled mightily, and his coaches have taken notice.

"He's about average," coach Mike Gundy said. "He's got to play better. I think he will play better. He was better in this last game than he was the last two games."

That was the story last season. Gilbert, who played multiple positions in high school before being placed at the cornerback position when he hit Stillwater, took time to fit into his new position. He had the...

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