Four years after graduating from the Vanier Cheetahs with a Bol d’or ring and a bunch of passing all-time records, Myles Gibbon is back in Canadian soil. The 6’3’’ and 210lbs quarterback had a great experience in the NCAA, being the first ever starting quarterback for the South Alabama Jaguars. But he announced a couple of weeks ago that he’d 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’ll play, next fall.
Accrofoot asked Myles Gibbon 10 questions. There you go!
1 – Can you explain why you won’t be back at South Alabama next year?
Due to graduating, my education there was finished unless I began grad school with the university. I felt that by staying with the Jaguars I would not be able to achieve the stats and playing time that I needed. Instead of splitting time, I’d rather come back and be able to have a whole season to myself to improve and get ready for the possibility of playing at the next level.
2 – Can you resume quickly your NCAA career? Most memorable moment? Any relevant stat?
My NCAA career was a blast. Going undefeated in all the games I started, and throwing the first TD pass in history for the school were pretty memorable moments. Overall it was a great experience.
3 – How come you’ll be able to play next year without sitting one year?
Due to the Jaguars being a new team, they still are not fully considered as a complete division 1 football team, hence letting me transfer and play right away.
4 – Why did you chose York? What’s your feeling about this team that was (1-7) in 2011?
I chose York due to a very supportive and new staff. They are a team that is coming up and ready to surprise the league. With new coaches and the school now really behind them, I think they will be a good fit and a perfect opportunity for me to help start up a program.
5 – What other schools were involved in the process?
There were plenty of other schools who came across as good possibilities, from all conferences around Canada. Without mentioning names, many either did not provide the right situation for me, or had issues with the academic side.
6 – What’s your relation with head-coach Warren Craney?
I have only just begun to know Coach Craney, but from others around the league and who have known him, he is great guy. I look forward to getting more in touch with him and the rest of the coaching staff. I have only heard great things and am excited to see them in person.
7 – How many years of eligibility do you still have?
I have 2 years of eligibility, and next year is my draft year for the CFL, if it so happens to work out for me.
8 – What’s your size (height/weight) right now?
6’3, 210. I’ve drifted from 205 all the way up to 220, and I feel this is my best weight for strength and speed.
9 – How do you feel right now as a quarterback compared to when you left for the States?
Compared to when I left I am a completely different QB. Whether it be athleticism, strength and just the knowledge, I have changed in so many ways. I truly feel that I am at my best right now.
10 – What did you learn/experience down South that will help you be a better CIS quarterback?
I think the determination and work ethic that I learnt down South will really transfer over. Being in the film room constantly and working every day to get better are things that are not always done here in Canada. Many little intangible qualities I picked up in the States will surely transfer over with me, helping me.