By Alex Koma, sports staff writer
Note: As part of the Collegiate Times’ coverage of Virginia Tech football, we’ll be breaking down the 2012 football roster every weekday until March 28 when the Hokies begin spring practice.
Weight: 312 pounds
Position: Offensive guard
2012 Year: Redshirt-Sophomore
Gibson is an offensive guard from Sierra Vista, Arizona, and is a redshirt sophomore for the Hokies.
Although he was always considered a top prospect, Gibson had a circuitous road to Virginia Tech. He was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, but ultimately moved to Arizona to attend high school.
He only spent two seasons at Buena High, but they were productive, as he impressed scouts at both offensive tackle and defensive end.
He was a reliable blocking presence, as he posted an eye-popping 14 pancake blocks in one game, and also was able to wreak havoc on the defensive side of the ball. In two short years, he posted 100 tackles, 27 sacks and 12 forced fumbles.
Gibson then moved to Virginia to attend Hargrave Military Academy, where played exclusively on the offensive line. His work there earned him a spot as Rivals’ second ranked prep school player.
Tech called on Gibson early, as he enrolled at the school in January 2009, and went through winter workouts with the team. During that time, he posted an impressive 375-pound bench press, and spent much of spring practice at right tackle.
Gibson redshirted the 2010 season, but continued his work in the weight room, racking up a 435-pound front squat. However, during spring practice, coaches moved him from right tackle to right guard.
In the 2011 season, he was able to make his first appearance in a game for the Hokies, when he played five snaps in the Boston College game.
Tech has lost four starters on the offensive line, so Gibson is among several returning players that will compete for playing time in the near future.