Gibson Named to Phil Steele's All-America Team
Dec. 14, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University wide receiver Brandon Gibson was named to Phil Steele's 2007 All-America team, it was announced recently. Gibson was also named to Steele's All-Pacific-10 Conference team along with six other Cougars.
Gibson, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound junior from Puyallup, Wash., was named a third team All-American and was the sole Cougar honored on the All-Pac-10 first team. Gibson set the WSU single-season record with 1,180 yards in 2007 and was only the seventh Cougar to record more than 1,000 yards in a single season. Gibson's 107.3 yards per game ranked first in the Pac-10 and seventh nationally, and his 6.1 receptions per game ranked second in the conference. His nine touchdown receptions this season are tied for eighth in WSU history and his 67 receptions are tied for third. He also ranks on the WSU career list in all three major receiving categories: tied for seventh in receptions (125), eighth in yards (2,083) and 10th in touchdowns (15).
Bumpus, a 6-0, 198-pound wide receiver from Culver City, Calif., totaled 70 catches in his senior campaign, good for second on the all-time single-season list and only two receptions back of the school record set by Nakoa McElrath in 2001. Bumpus' 789 yards and four touchdowns were each career highs. He also became WSU's all-time leader in career receptions (195) and career punt return yards (801), setting both records in the Stanford game this season.
Collins, a 6-2, 250-pound tight end from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., set the single-season record for his position with 52 receptions in 2007. He accumulated 512 yards and three touchdowns, and caught a career-high 10 passes against both Arizona and Stanford.
Mattingly, a 6-4, 241-pound linebacker from Spokane, Wash., finished the season with 91 tackles (43 solo), second-most on the Cougar team. He also posted 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks, both of which were team highs. Mattingly forced four fumbles, had four pass break-ups, three quarterback hurries and an interception. His four sacks and five tackles for loss against Arizona State rank tied for second all-time by a Cougar in a single game. Each of his sacks and TFLs came in conference play, where he ranks tied for eighth and 17th, respectively.
Quarterback Alex Brink was named to Steele's All-Pac-10 third team. Brink, a 6-3, 215-pound senior from Eugene, Ore., threw for 3,818 yards this season, the second highest single-season total in school history. He completed 305-of-503 passes for a completion-percentage of .606, the fourth-best in WSU history. The senior also threw 26 touchdown passes, which ranks tied for third on the single-season list. This season Brink became WSU's career leader in passing yardage (10,913), touchdowns (76), attempts (1,451) and completions (848). Brink ranks third and fifth in the Pac-10 in yards and touchdowns, respectively, and is only the sixth signal-caller in conference history to throw for more than 10,000 yards and toss 70-or-more touchdowns. Brink also earned Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors following his 399-yard, five-touchdown performance against Washington in the Apple Cup this year, his third victory over the Huskies as a starter.
Offensive guard Bobby Byrd, a senior from Oceanside, Calif., was named honorable mention. The 6-7, 307-pounder started each of the Cougars' 12 games this season and helped WSU lead the conference in passing offense (319.7 yards per game) and rank second in total offense (435.6 yards per game).