TIGER KICKOFF: Five questions for John Gibson

Friday, September 6, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 8:36 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 6, 2013

Redshirt freshman cornerback John Gibson talks about the Junior Olympics, academic problems and the one thing he needs to get better at to be a star.

You were a 4x100 gold medalist in the 2011 Junior Olympics. Why did you decide to play football over track in college?

I really wanted to do track, but football is better for me. I’ve got a better chance of making it to the league (NFL) than I do in the Olympics. There’s tons of fast guys. That’s why I chose football.

Was there something in particular about your recruiting visit here that swayed you?

When I first got here, I was late, but it was a family atmosphere. I got along well with the guys like E.J. Gaines and Kip Edwards. They really showed me around.

There was a bit of an academic blip with Arkansas that allowed you to become a Tiger. What happened there?

My SAT scores weren’t ready. They weren’t where they needed to be. Arkansas pulled off of me, but Mizzou came in and took a chance on me. They offered me late after my situation with Arkansas. They took a chance with me, and I couldn’t say no to them.

Does facing a team like Toledo early in the season take some of the pressure off your performance?

I don’t think it makes a difference, whoever we play. It’s all about how we play. It’s all on us, so it don’t really matter.

You redshirted last season in your first year at Missouri. What’s the biggest difference between this season and last?

Competing for a job. I have a better chance now than I did last year. That’s the biggest thing for me. I’ve got to work on my craft to get better. Tackling is one of my weaknesses, so that’s something I’m working on. Coach Ford stays on me about tackling. If I get tackling down, I’ll probably set myself apart from everybody. 

Supervising editor is Greg Bowers.

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