OSU Cowboys DB Justin Gilbert a finalist for Jim Thorpe Award with Darqueze Dennard, Lamarcus Joyner

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert has been named one of three finalists for the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award.

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday that Gilbert is a finalist with Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State and Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State.

The award is given each year to the most outstanding defensive back in college football. The winner will be named and receive the award on Dec. 12 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Gilbert leads the Big 12 and is fifth in the nation this season with six interceptions. He has returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

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