The Pirates just signed former Mississippi State running back Nick Gibson for 2021. The Alabama native had a productive college career for the Bulldogs. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times in five years at State. He graduated in December of 2019 with a degree in kinesiology, concentrating on sports studies. Gibson’s consistent and solid play should be a welcome addition to the Pirates offense.
In 2019, Gibson’s senior season at Mississippi State, he played in 11 games, finishing his final college season with 433 yards on 55 carries, good for third on the team. Gibson ended his career on a high note, carrying the football 40 times for 349 yards and 4 touchdowns in the season’s final five games. In the team’s Egg Bowl win over Mississippi, Gibson scored the Bulldog’s first touchdown. Capping off his senior season, Gibson ran for 54 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run, against Louisville in the Music City Bowl.
As a junior in 2018 Gibson appeared in 9 games. He finished the season with 205 yards rushing on 27 carries with 1 TD. His 7.6 yards per carry was a career-best. 13 of his rushes resulted in first downs. Gibson was a sturdy, dependable runner who could also catch passes out of the backfield. His best performance was 5 receptions for 36 yards. Gibson’s 62-yard scamper against Louisiana Tech was the team’s longest rush all season. Gibson also proved an elusive runner, avoiding 10 tackles on the year.
Gibson played in all 13 games during his sophomore season. He gained 239 yards on 45 attempts in 2017, good for third on the team. His first career touchdown came against Texas A&M. A year prior, in his redshirt freshman season, Gibson showed promise gaining 57 yards on 9 carries. He ended up seeing playing time in three games in ‘16.
Gibson turned in a magical performance as a junior at Pinson Valley High School. He gained 447 yards on the ground and scored 6 TDs. He was the third-ranked running back in the state of Alabama as a senior. Gibson is entering his age-25 season with the Pirates.