VANIER CHEETAH FOOTBALL ALUMNI: MYLES GIBBON

Gibbon poses with a Jaguars helmet

GIBBON IS 1ST ROOKIE CANADIAN QB EVER
SIGNED BY A DIVISION 1A U.S. UNIVERSITY
February 27, 2009

Former Vanier Cheetahs star quarterback Myles Gibbon was among the group of 31 individuals who signed National Letters-of-Intent with the University of South Alabama Jaguars, head coach Joey Jones announced.

“Obviously, we wanted to sign good players so we evaluated their ability at each position,” said Jones. “We were interested in bringing individuals with good character who are good students so that they can come to South Alabama and earn their degree.

“We were also interested in picking kids from winning programs because we believe that they will come here with the proper attitude and start us off on the right foot."

With the selection, Gibbon becomes the first Canadian QB ever to be picked in his 1st year by a Division 1A American University.

Myles said in an interview, "Sure, it's a great honour for me, but I didn't know I was the first ever rookie quarterback to be chosen in this way until my family heard about it. What's most important in my eyes, though, is the fact that they've given me a full scholarship."

Former USA offensive coordinator Les Koenning discovered Gibbon at a summer quarterback camp. "We got film on him and started a relationship," said Joey Jones, South Alabama football coach. "When Les left (to join the Mississippi State staff) we continued recruiting him. When he came for an official visit, he and his dad drove 27 hours."


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MORE ON MYLES GIBBON

Among his many accomplishments, Gibbon finished the 2007 season with 25 touchdown passes, obliterating the league's all time passing TD record of 18 for a season originally set by Pascal Trudeau of Cégep Vieux-Montréal in 1985 and then tied by Vanier QB Kristin Pipe in 1998. Myles then went on to lead the Cheetahs in that year's playoffs to their 2nd consecutive Bol d'Or win. For an example of his amazing scrambling capabilities, have a look at the following video clip from the 2007 Bol d'Or game where his 72-yard run jump started the Vanier offensive on the path to victory:
http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/athletics/images/videos/football-finals-2007/wmv1-gibbon-td.html

Of course, running was a major part of Myles' offensive arsenal, but he could also throw long pinpoint passes as well. View this toss to Duraney White, also from the 2007 Bol d'Or game:
http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/athletics/IMAGES/videos/football-finals-2007/wmv1-white-td1.html

Myles Gibbon ended up winning the Offensive MVP in the Championship Bol d'Or game. He also won the League MVP Award for his outstanding performances over the entire 2007 Championship season. He was only the fourth Cheetah to ever win this major award.

At the 2007-08 Athletics Awards, Myles won two major awards. Athlete of the Year:
http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/athletics/awards2008/athlete-of-year-male-award.html
and Football Offensive MVP:
http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/athletics/awards2008/football-off-mvp.html


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