Former East Central Community College football standout Antonio Gibson was selected in the third round by the Washington Redskins in the 2020 National Football League Draft over the weekend.
The product of Eagles Landing High School in Stockbridge, Ga., was the 66thplayer selected in this year’s NFL draft.
Gibson played for the ECCC Warriors in the 2016 and 2017 seasons and named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges First Team All-State his sophomore season when he caught 21 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for a score.
He was named MACJC Second Team All-State his freshman season while helping lead the Warriors to their first-ever MACJC South Division title and second consecutive trip to the state playoffs. That season he had 1,089 all-purpose yards and caught nine touchdown passes.
“The East Central football family is very excited for Antonio and his family as he takes his next step with the Washington Redskins,” said ECCC Head Football Coach Ken Karcher.
Gibson signed with the University of Memphis where he appeared in all 28 games as a Tiger and was named the 2019 American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year and was an all-conference selection.
He burst onto the scene his senior season in a nationally televised matchup against SMU on November 2 with a conference and school record 386 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 97 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, had 130 receiving yards, including a touchdown, and a 97-yard kickoff return, also for a touchdown.