Tue, Oct. 8, 2013 - [Football]
The University of the Cumberlands (UC) is having another season to remember. Not only are the Patriots 5-0, but they are also 3-0 record in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) and hold the highest ranking in school history at #2 in the NAIA. UC has been led by many special playmakers and one is making is impact not only on the offensive side of the ball, but also through special teams.
Willie Gibson (Abbeville, GA) is having a senior season to remember. Gibson has been spectacular for the Patriots as he has been a key piece of their 5-0 record. In the process of UC's quest for perfection, Gibson has broken some school records along the way. This is nothing new for Gibson who came into the 2013 season with an already impressive career at UC. Gibson held the records for most receiving yards in a career (2296), touchdown receptions in a career (30), and in 2012, broke the record for most touchdown receptions in a season (10), as well as tied the school record for catches in a season with Joe Daniel with 41.
Over the last 2 games, Gibson has continued to rewrite his name in the record books as he broke 3 school records in 2 weeks. Against Pikeville, Gibson broke Eddie Miller's record for most receptions in a career (107). Gibson now holds the record all to himself as he has 116 and counting. This past week against Lindsey Wilson, Gibson showed his versatility as he showed how special he can be on the Patriots kickoff return team. Gibson not only scored on a 75 yard kickoff return, but in the process broke 2 school records. Gibson now holds the record for most kickoff return yards in a career as he broke Paul Robinson's record for most yards in a career (1326) as Gibson now has 1337 return yards for his career. Also with that touchdown, Gibson broke Moses Cochran's record for most kickoff return yards in a game (160) as Gibson tallied up 173 return yards.
Head Coach John Bland was excited for Gibson, not only for breaking the records but because of what it meant to his football team as he commented, "I am excited and happy for Willie and his accomplishments. What was great about breaking the kickoff records was it came at a crucial part of the game, and we needed it in order to maintain the lead and the win. I am proud of him."
Willie and the rest of the Patriot football team will have a bye week to rest and recover before hosting MSC rival Georgetown College on October 19th at James H. Taylor, II Stadium. This will also be Cumberlands' Breast Cancer Awareness game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm.
For more information on the Patriot football program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.