April 26, 2009
PULLMAN - Former Washington State University wide receiver Brandon Gibson was selected in the sixth round of the National Football League Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday.
Gibson was the 21st pick in the sixth round, and the 194th overall selection in the draft.
"I feel blessed to be an Eagle," Gibson said. "I've worked hard and left the rest up to God. Even though I was taken late, I'm thankful for this chance in Philadelphia."
A four-year letterwinner with the Cougars, Gibson completed his career as WSU's all-time leader in career receiving yards (2,756), and ranked second on the school's career receptions list (182) and sixth on the WSU career touchdown receptions list (17). His 11 career 100-yard games are tied for the most all-time by a Cougar (Mike Levenseller).
Gibson was named WSU's Offensive Most Valuable Player and All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention in 2008 after hauling in 57 receptions for 673 yards and two touchdowns, all of which were team highs.
As a junior in 2007, Gibson garnered first-team All-Pac-10 and Phil Steele third-team All-America honors following a record-setting season. In only 11 games Gibson set the WSU single-season record with 1,180 receiving yards, becoming just the eighth player in school history to surpass 1,000 yards in a season. His 107.3 yards per game led the conference and ranked seventh nationally. Gibson's 67 receptions that season are tied for third on the all-time single-season list, and his nine touchdowns rank tied for third all-time in a single season.
WSU has had at least one individual selected in each of the last 15 NFL drafts.