UCLA Football has lost another player as quarterback Jackson Gibbs, the grandson of legendary Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, has announced that he is transferring to Appalachian State.
I'm excited to announce that Im transferring to Appalachian State University! I want to thank all my coaches and teammates who've made me a better football player and overall person this past year. I'm going to miss UCLA deeply but pumped to start my new chapter as a mountaineer! pic.twitter.com/6BZyRsreZI— Jackson Gibbs (@jgibbs_11) June 8, 2018
Gibbs was a true freshman in 2017, but, because he saw no action, it would have been a redshirt year for him. Now, it could allow him to play at Appalachian State right away since the NCAA may allow this past season to be the year he sat out due to the transfer.
As a walk-on, Gibbs’ decision to transfer doesn’t impact UCLA that much. The Bruins will still have at least five quarterbacks in Westwood when camp opens in August as Devon Modster, Austin Burton and Matt Lynch will be joined by Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Michigan transfer Wilton Speight.
Gibbs is the fifth player to leave the program in two days as, yesterday, Tracy Pierson of Bruin Report Online reported that four other players are no longer with the program. Those four players are offensive linemen Alex Akingbulu, Sean Seawards and Jax Wacaser, and punter Austin Kent.
The first three of those four makes a thin offensive line even thinner. Unless Coach Kelly can land a few graduate transfers between now and fall, he may end up having to go out to Bruin Walk to find a few big guys if any of the remaining linemen get hurt.