Waterdown’s Jacob Gibbons commits to University of Windsor football program

Sports May 19, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown’s Jacob Gibbons will be hitting the gridiron next season with the University of Windsor Lancers football team.

The 17-year-old offensive lineman committed to the school in mid-April.

Gibbons said he’s been thinking about playing university football since Grade 10.

“At the start of my Grade 12 year, when I saw other guys were committing…then I really wanted to do university football,” he said. “When it happened, I was really excited.

“I was nervous to make sure I made the right decision, but once I made the decision I was very excited and happy with everything that happened.”

Gibbons noted the decision was nerve-wracking, because school comes first.

“The opportunity to go play football and go to school at Windsor – I was so excited about it.”

Gibbons said he had reached out to the team’s coach in late February, before heading to Windsor to tour the facilities in early March.

“They have a new athletics facility they’re building,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that.”

Gibbons, who will be studying business commerce, said he also spoke to the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, but at that point he’d pretty much decided on Windsor,

The 6’3”, 275-pound Gibbons said he played football for about three years starting when he was seven. Then he took a break from football to play other sports – taking part in baseball, lacrosse and hockey.

When he got to Grade 9 at Waterdown District High School, Gibbons got back on the football field.

The Grade 12 student is one of four players from WDHS to commit to Ontario university football programs next season. Mitch Rooney and Damian Tesoro will line up for Wilfrid Laurier University, while Ethan Johnston will suit up with the University of Waterloo.

“It’s pretty cool,” Gibbons said of the team sending players to the next level.

As an offensive lineman, Gibbons said his strength is pass blocking.

“I need to work on my run blocking some more,” he said. “Overall, my strength coming off the ball, that’s pretty good.”

Gibbons noted the difference between the two is that while pass blocking the lineman waits for a rusher to come to them, while on run blocking the lineman has to go get the player they are blocking.

WDHS football coach Larry Timms said Gibbons should do well at Windsor.

“He’s a great kid,” Timms said.

Lancers head coach Joe D’Amore said the way Gibbons ended up at Windsor was unique.

“Jacob reached out to us and told us he was coming down for a tour,” he said. “We sat down and instantly he passes the eyeball test.”

He noted offensive lineman are a need for all teams and once Windsor got a bit more background on him and some game film, they were excited.

“Oftentimes, you don’t get a talent of his calibre to just fall into your lap,” he said. “We’re pretty excited about it.”

D’Amore added the Lancers have a veteran offensive line, but noted the team graduated three linemen last year.

“There’s going to be an opportunity for some young guys to compete,” he said.

He said Gibbons will likely come in as a guard with Windsor, as well as learning the centre position.

“Hopefully, he can come in here and compete,” he said. “He’s got good size – got to work on the strength a little bit as far as young guys are concerned.

“All in all, we feel he’s got the potential, within second or third year, to be on the football field competing and hopefully eventually win a starting job.”

D’Amore noted there is a learning curve for young players heading into university football, but said Gibbons seems like the type of character player Windsor wants in their locker room.

“He’s ready to learn and compete and that’s what we’re looking for.”

The Lancers finished the 2016 season with a 3-6 record and will open their 2017 schedule Aug. 27 against the Waterloo Warriors.

Gibbons said the Lancers coaching staff has given him a workout plan over the summer to ensure he stays strong.

“As long as I keep doing that, I should be alright,” he said. “We have training camp in August and he just wants us to be in good shape for that and all ready to go with our cardio and everything.”

Although Gibbons played in the April 29 Fox 40 Prospects Game, a scouting event, he’d already committed to Windsor.

“I was just doing that for some more experience,” he said of the game. “To get more experience with the game and have some more game-type situations against university-potential players.”

With that in mind, heading into next season, Gibbons said he’s focused on gaining experience.

“I’m not expecting to start or anything,” he said. “I’m just hoping I can make the team – there’s still training camp to make the opening day roster.

“I’m just looking to get enough experience for future years when I can hopefully start.”

Waterdown’s Jacob Gibbons commits to University of Windsor football program

6’3”, 275-pound offensive lineman focused on gaining experience

Sports May 19, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown’s Jacob Gibbons will be hitting the gridiron next season with the University of Windsor Lancers football team.

The 17-year-old offensive lineman committed to the school in mid-April.

Gibbons said he’s been thinking about playing university football since Grade 10.

“At the start of my Grade 12 year, when I saw other guys were committing…then I really wanted to do university football,” he said. “When it happened, I was really excited.

“I was nervous to make sure I made the right decision, but once I made the decision I was very excited and happy with everything that happened.”

Gibbons noted the decision was nerve-wracking, because school comes first.

“The opportunity to go play football and go to school at Windsor – I was so excited about it.”

Gibbons said he had reached out to the team’s coach in late February, before heading to Windsor to tour the facilities in early March.

“They have a new athletics facility they’re building,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that.”

Gibbons, who will be studying business commerce, said he also spoke to the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, but at that point he’d pretty much decided on Windsor,

The 6’3”, 275-pound Gibbons said he played football for about three years starting when he was seven. Then he took a break from football to play other sports – taking part in baseball, lacrosse and hockey.

When he got to Grade 9 at Waterdown District High School, Gibbons got back on the football field.

The Grade 12 student is one of four players from WDHS to commit to Ontario university football programs next season. Mitch Rooney and Damian Tesoro will line up for Wilfrid Laurier University, while Ethan Johnston will suit up with the University of Waterloo.

“It’s pretty cool,” Gibbons said of the team sending players to the next level.

As an offensive lineman, Gibbons said his strength is pass blocking.

“I need to work on my run blocking some more,” he said. “Overall, my strength coming off the ball, that’s pretty good.”

Gibbons noted the difference between the two is that while pass blocking the lineman waits for a rusher to come to them, while on run blocking the lineman has to go get the player they are blocking.

WDHS football coach Larry Timms said Gibbons should do well at Windsor.

“He’s a great kid,” Timms said.

Lancers head coach Joe D’Amore said the way Gibbons ended up at Windsor was unique.

“Jacob reached out to us and told us he was coming down for a tour,” he said. “We sat down and instantly he passes the eyeball test.”

He noted offensive lineman are a need for all teams and once Windsor got a bit more background on him and some game film, they were excited.

“Oftentimes, you don’t get a talent of his calibre to just fall into your lap,” he said. “We’re pretty excited about it.”

D’Amore added the Lancers have a veteran offensive line, but noted the team graduated three linemen last year.

“There’s going to be an opportunity for some young guys to compete,” he said.

He said Gibbons will likely come in as a guard with Windsor, as well as learning the centre position.

“Hopefully, he can come in here and compete,” he said. “He’s got good size – got to work on the strength a little bit as far as young guys are concerned.

“All in all, we feel he’s got the potential, within second or third year, to be on the football field competing and hopefully eventually win a starting job.”

D’Amore noted there is a learning curve for young players heading into university football, but said Gibbons seems like the type of character player Windsor wants in their locker room.

“He’s ready to learn and compete and that’s what we’re looking for.”

The Lancers finished the 2016 season with a 3-6 record and will open their 2017 schedule Aug. 27 against the Waterloo Warriors.

Gibbons said the Lancers coaching staff has given him a workout plan over the summer to ensure he stays strong.

“As long as I keep doing that, I should be alright,” he said. “We have training camp in August and he just wants us to be in good shape for that and all ready to go with our cardio and everything.”

Although Gibbons played in the April 29 Fox 40 Prospects Game, a scouting event, he’d already committed to Windsor.

“I was just doing that for some more experience,” he said of the game. “To get more experience with the game and have some more game-type situations against university-potential players.”

With that in mind, heading into next season, Gibbons said he’s focused on gaining experience.

“I’m not expecting to start or anything,” he said. “I’m just hoping I can make the team – there’s still training camp to make the opening day roster.

“I’m just looking to get enough experience for future years when I can hopefully start.”

Waterdown’s Jacob Gibbons commits to University of Windsor football program

6’3”, 275-pound offensive lineman focused on gaining experience

Sports May 19, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown’s Jacob Gibbons will be hitting the gridiron next season with the University of Windsor Lancers football team.

The 17-year-old offensive lineman committed to the school in mid-April.

Gibbons said he’s been thinking about playing university football since Grade 10.

“At the start of my Grade 12 year, when I saw other guys were committing…then I really wanted to do university football,” he said. “When it happened, I was really excited.

“I was nervous to make sure I made the right decision, but once I made the decision I was very excited and happy with everything that happened.”

Gibbons noted the decision was nerve-wracking, because school comes first.

“The opportunity to go play football and go to school at Windsor – I was so excited about it.”

Gibbons said he had reached out to the team’s coach in late February, before heading to Windsor to tour the facilities in early March.

“They have a new athletics facility they’re building,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that.”

Gibbons, who will be studying business commerce, said he also spoke to the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, but at that point he’d pretty much decided on Windsor,

The 6’3”, 275-pound Gibbons said he played football for about three years starting when he was seven. Then he took a break from football to play other sports – taking part in baseball, lacrosse and hockey.

When he got to Grade 9 at Waterdown District High School, Gibbons got back on the football field.

The Grade 12 student is one of four players from WDHS to commit to Ontario university football programs next season. Mitch Rooney and Damian Tesoro will line up for Wilfrid Laurier University, while Ethan Johnston will suit up with the University of Waterloo.

“It’s pretty cool,” Gibbons said of the team sending players to the next level.

As an offensive lineman, Gibbons said his strength is pass blocking.

“I need to work on my run blocking some more,” he said. “Overall, my strength coming off the ball, that’s pretty good.”

Gibbons noted the difference between the two is that while pass blocking the lineman waits for a rusher to come to them, while on run blocking the lineman has to go get the player they are blocking.

WDHS football coach Larry Timms said Gibbons should do well at Windsor.

“He’s a great kid,” Timms said.

Lancers head coach Joe D’Amore said the way Gibbons ended up at Windsor was unique.

“Jacob reached out to us and told us he was coming down for a tour,” he said. “We sat down and instantly he passes the eyeball test.”

He noted offensive lineman are a need for all teams and once Windsor got a bit more background on him and some game film, they were excited.

“Oftentimes, you don’t get a talent of his calibre to just fall into your lap,” he said. “We’re pretty excited about it.”

D’Amore added the Lancers have a veteran offensive line, but noted the team graduated three linemen last year.

“There’s going to be an opportunity for some young guys to compete,” he said.

He said Gibbons will likely come in as a guard with Windsor, as well as learning the centre position.

“Hopefully, he can come in here and compete,” he said. “He’s got good size – got to work on the strength a little bit as far as young guys are concerned.

“All in all, we feel he’s got the potential, within second or third year, to be on the football field competing and hopefully eventually win a starting job.”

D’Amore noted there is a learning curve for young players heading into university football, but said Gibbons seems like the type of character player Windsor wants in their locker room.

“He’s ready to learn and compete and that’s what we’re looking for.”

The Lancers finished the 2016 season with a 3-6 record and will open their 2017 schedule Aug. 27 against the Waterloo Warriors.

Gibbons said the Lancers coaching staff has given him a workout plan over the summer to ensure he stays strong.

“As long as I keep doing that, I should be alright,” he said. “We have training camp in August and he just wants us to be in good shape for that and all ready to go with our cardio and everything.”

Although Gibbons played in the April 29 Fox 40 Prospects Game, a scouting event, he’d already committed to Windsor.

“I was just doing that for some more experience,” he said of the game. “To get more experience with the game and have some more game-type situations against university-potential players.”

With that in mind, heading into next season, Gibbons said he’s focused on gaining experience.

“I’m not expecting to start or anything,” he said. “I’m just hoping I can make the team – there’s still training camp to make the opening day roster.

“I’m just looking to get enough experience for future years when I can hopefully start.”