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Friday, February 15, 2013
For QB Gibson, bigger is better

By Gary Laney

Here's the skinny on 2014 quarterback Quentin Gibson:

He's not so skinny any more.

The suburban New Orleans product, one of the top 2014 quarterback prospects in Louisiana, was listed at around 165 pounds before his junior season. But as he prepares to attend LSU's junior day this weekend, he said he's not that slender figure you might see in some of his old product.

"The weight room has been a big part of my off-season," the 6-foot-2 Gibson said. "I played at about 180 during the season and now I'm up to about 195. I think that's a good weight for me."

For Gibson (Marrero La./Archbishop Shaw), adding strength might have been one of the keys for him getting more recruiting attention. With size and durability less of a factor, his production (1,640 passing yards and 19 touchdown passes as a junior) and arm strength can be the main talking points with him.

Not that his throwing couldn't use a little tweaking.

Gibson said that, aside from getting stronger, he also wants to work on a throwing motion he calls "weird."

"I have this three-quarters throwing motion and that's something I really want to work on," he said. "That and my footwork. If I'm going to play at 195, I'm still going to have to have my footwork down."

He'll get plenty of work this spring. He doesn't play a second sport (his days of participating in track and field are over, he said), so he'll devote his time to lifting, throwing and playing with Louisiana's premier 7-on-7 team, the Bootleggers.

And, he said, he looks forward to seeing LSU for the first time.

"I'm ready to go down there and see it for the first time," he said. "I'm ready for the whole experience."