by Brian Stanton



Englewood, Colo.—-Wingate University offensive lineman Mathu Gibson (’16, Winston-Salem, N.C.) has signed with the Denver Broncos. An All-South Atlantic Conference performer his senior year, Gibson was a four-year starter and a two-year team captain for the Bulldogs (Denver Broncos announcement).
“There’s no more deserving person in the world for things to go his way than Mathu Gibson,” Wingate head football coach Joe Reich says. “He has worked extremely hard to keep improving every day. He’s a great character guy and we are very proud of him.”
Gibson and his 2015 O-Line mates helped Bulldog rising junior Lawrence Pittman (Charlotte, N.C.) lead the SAC in rushing for most of the season. Rising redshirt senior quarterback Kyle Johnson (Hickory, N.C.) had a career season as well, thanks to Gibson and the Bulldog O-Line.
In 2015, Gibson posted 24 knockdown blocks with a 91 percent overall grade (taking into account mental, technical and effort grades). He allowed only two sacks this season. Off the field, Gibson was a driving force behind Wingate’s Spring Game partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Union County.
“Mathu is a phenomenal young man who brought energy, leadership and determination to our group,” Wingate run game coordinator and offensive line coach Greg Keziah says. “He had a great skill set as a gifted athlete for us on the field, but his strongest attributes shined in his community outreach driven by his powerful faith in God. It was an honor to have coached Mathu…we wish him the best moving forward.”

“God changed my life in one week,” Gibson says. “I’m excited to see where this journey takes me with the Denver Broncos.”
Gibson reported to the Denver Broncos training camp facility in Englewood, Colorado immediately after he was signed Friday morning. He is wearing number 67. Gibson reported to practice today and was working with third-year offensive line coach Clancy Barone. Gibson will also be under the leadership of Denver offensive coordinator Rick Bennison.
The newest move was made by the Broncos after offensive guard Sam Brenner was waived by the team due to suffering a rough concussion this past Sunday. Gibson has taken over the second team left guard spot on the Denver offensive line, a position that is wide open at this point in training camp.
Brenner was listed as the second-string left offensive guard on the Broncos depth chart before he was released. Gibson will accompany this position and play behind first-string LOG Max Garcia, a second-year offensive lineman out of the University of Florida. Gibson will be taking second-team reps and protect Broncos back-up quarterback
Entering the 2016 season, the Broncos have a fairly young, inexperienced offensive line with starting center Matt Paradis having spent the most years with Denver. Paradis has been with the Broncos since his rookie season in 2014. The team signed former Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung from the Seattle Seahawks and right tackle Donald Stephenson from the Kansas City Chiefs in the off-season. 2015 fifth-round draft pick Robert Myers Jr.currently holds the first team right guard spot for Denver, as he was acquired off the Baltimore Ravens practice squad during the off-season as well.

Wingate University, consistently ranked as a top 10 “best value” in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,100 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 34 minors, 12 career concentrations, nine pre-professional programs, master’s degrees in accounting, business, education, physician assistant studies and sport management and doctorates in education, pharmacy and physical therapy.

With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. To view current news, video and story ideas, visit www.youtube.com/wingateuniversity.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past 10 years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.

Wingate is first among NCAA Division II Academic All-America-producing colleges in the 2000′s with 86 selections. Among North Carolina’s colleges and universities, Wingate is number one in this millennium with 86 Academic All-America honorees. Wingate is tops among all SAC schools with 95 lifetime Academic All-America picks. For more information on WU athletics, go to www.wingatebulldogs.com.
(Wingate University sports information/sports network student assistant Jackson Kaplan contributed information to this article. A rising sophomore from Raleigh, Kaplan is a Communication Studies major at Wingate. He is the son of Harrison and Dona Kaplan.)