Name: Brendan Gibbons
Weight: 227 lbs.
High school: Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, FL
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #34
Last year: I ranked Gibbons #18 and said he would be the kickoff specialist. He kicked off in several games, went 1-for-5 on field goal attempts, and finished 13-for-14 on extra point attempts.
Well, the reason I selected Gibbons as #18 last year was because he needed to step up for Michigan to be successful. The other option at placekicker was walk-on Seth Broekhuizen. It was a silly notion to pick Gibbons, who required a redshirt year in 2009 because he couldn’t beat out walk-ons that year, either. I should have known better.
I’ve learned my lesson. Here’s Gibbons all the way down at #76. The Rodriguez regime recruited California kicker Matt Goudis to give Gibbons a challenge, and when Goudis de-committed in favor of Miami, the newly hired Hoke staff successfully recruited California kicker Matt Wile, who frankly can’t be any worse. There have been rumors that Gibbons has been stubborn, won’t respond to coaching, and generally seems to be dead weight. And aside from all that, he was third on the team in kickoff average behind punter Will Hagerup and the aforementioned Broekhuizen. This job is wide open.
Prediction: Backup kicker
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