With the Major League Baseball home run derby only days away NFL.com writer Chase Goodbread kept with the theme naming the top “home run” threats in college football for 2016. The list comprised of both running backs and wide receivers. Goodbread listed his top 16 with WVU’s redshirt junior WR Shelton Gibson coming in at number six on the list. (you can see full list here)
Goodbread had this to say about Gibson.
“Gibson didn’t get his hands on the ball as much as many listed here, but he certainly got the most out of his touches. Gibson averaged 24 yards per catch last year, most in the Big 12 Conference and second in the nation among FBS schools (he finished the season with 37 catches for 887 yards). And in scoring nine touchdowns, he averaged roughly a score every four catches. Those touchdowns averaged 44.8 yards each, with all but one of them coming from outside the red zone. Gibson was also very dangerous on kickoff returns, averaging 32.8 yards, including a 100-yard touchdown return against Baylor.”
Gibson joined Oklahoma State’s James Washington and Baylor’s KD Cannon coming in at eight and nine respectively. Gibson will be the go-to guy in a loaded Mountaineers receiving corp this season alongside Gary Jennings, Ka’Raun White, and Steven Smothers among others. Gibson finished last season as the Mountaineers leading receiver in yards (887) and touchdown receptions (9).