Two-time Beach district Defensive Player of the Year, 5-11, 220-pound Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) linebacker Lyndell Gibson has certainly gained the respect of opposing coaches in his high school career. Gibson, who will take his talents on to Virginia Tech, discusses his high school career and looks ahead to his future as a member of the Hokies in this “Q&A.”
Q&A with Lyndell Gibson
TSL: Coming off of a state championship run in 2006, how would you assess your team’s success in 2007 (Salem went 12-1 on the year, finishing as Beach district champs and Division 6, Eastern Region runner-up)?
Lyndell Gibson : “I’m glad we made it to the playoffs. I had a great senior season and I enjoyed it a lot.”
TSL: For you, what was the biggest difference between your junior and senior seasons?
Lyndell Gibson : “I had nobody else to look up to. I was one of the people that other guys looked up to. I felt like the boss out there. I still went out and played my game, but I tried to show the young guys how to do it. They did great. Our defensive line was young, but they stepped up great. They helped to get us far into the season.”
TSL: With football season over, what is your main focus right now?
Lyndell Gibson : “I’m working out hard and getting everything done in the classroom. I’m running more than I usually would. I’m running a whole lot more to mainly improve my speed. I’m trying to have speed that kills.”
TSL: Are you in good shape academically?
Lyndell Gibson : “I’m great. My grades are good. I’m doing real good in the classroom.”
TSL: Looking ahead, what expectations do you have of your first season at Virginia Tech?
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