In an unexpected development, the Minnesota Golden Gophers received a commitment from grad transfer linebacker Jack Gibbens on Friday night. Gibbens, a three-year starter at Abilene Christian University, completed his senior season this fall, but will have one year of eligibility remaining due to the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility to all fall athletes.
He will enroll at Minnesota in January.
Abilene Christian was one of a handful of FCS football programs to play this fall, and Gibbens finished the Wildcats’ six-game season with a team-leading 49 total tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks. He also recorded one interception, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Gibbens was one of 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented annually to an individual identified “as the absolute best in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.”
When he enrolls in the spring, Gibbens will bring a wealth of game experience to a Minnesota linebacker corps that was sorely lacking in that department coming into this season.