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MYLES GIBBON ON COMBINE LIST FOR 2013 CFL DRAFT
March 21, 2013

Myles Gibbon
Myles Gibbon

Over four years after graduating from the Vanier Cheetahs with a Bol d’or ring and a bunch of all-time passing records, Myles Gibbon is back on Canadian soil trying to break into the CFL. The 6’3’’ and 210lbs quarterback had a great experience in the NCAA, With his selection by the South Alabama Jaguars, Gibbon became the first Canadian QB ever to be picked in his 1st year by a Division 1A American University.

He then announced that he would come back to Canada to play CIS football. With two years of eligibility left, Gibbon interested a lot of teams. But he finally chose the York Lions, where he’s currently playing. At the team's awards evening in February 2013, Myles won the Lions' Offensive MVP Award. In eight games last year, he accounted for 2,449 yards of offence and 11 touchdowns. He finished third in the OUA with 1,992 passing yards, completing 129 of 240 passes (54%), and threw for nine touchdowns, while also adding 457 rushing yards and another two TDs on the ground.

It was just announced today that Myles was invited to the 2013 Canadian Football League (CFL) Combine in the position of quarterback. See link. Other star Vanier quarterbacks such as Jabari Arthur and more recently, Liam Mahoney have gone on to play in the CFL, but never as quarterbacks. The three-day evaluation camp gives general managers, coaches and scouts a chance to test, interview and evaluate prospects for the 2013 CFL Canadian Draft which will be held on Monday, May 6. Players are put through a series of speed and strength tests, as well as football drills and interviews with the teams. The combine will take place at Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto March 22-24, 2013. We're pulling for you, Myles!

This just in: Myles was featured in a story in the Courrier Laval of March 21st. You can read it (en français). Just click here.

MORE ON MYLES GIBBON'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT VANIER

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 this video clip from the 2007 Bol d'Or game where his 72-yard run jump started the Vanier offensive on the path to victory.

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. 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 and Football Offensive MVP.



SOME PHOTOS OF MYLES GIBBON

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Myles accepts the Male Athlete of the Year Award from Linda Macpherson at the 2008 Awards Banquet

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Taken shortly after arriving at the University of Alabama

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Myles Gibbon accepts Offensive MVP Award
Myles Gibbon accepts the York Lions' Offensive MVP Award at a ceremony held in February 2013

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