Although he just spent a year in Ohio State’s wide receiver room, Torrance Gibson still thinks of himself as a quarterback.
“Oh yeah, always,” he said.” When I think about it, watch film, high school film, I always think, ‘Wow, it went by fast.’”
More importantly than that, though, he still thinks of himself as a Buckeye. Gibson endured a true freshman season that included a fall camp injury and a period in the middle of the regular season where he didn’t dress for a couple home games and didn’t travel to the game at Rutgers.
He was one of 21 true freshmen at Ohio State that didn’t play this season, but he entered with some of the highest expectations of the bunch and also had the biggest spotlight shining on him. When asked if he’d be back in Columbus next season, Gibson replied in the affirmative – not that he had much choice. His other options were to either play immediately at the FCS level or leave for another FBS program, where the transfer restrictions would make it two years in a row without playing football.
Speaking in the locker room following the Fiesta Bowl, which marked his first interview since Ohio State’s media day during fall camp, Gibson was already looking forward to what the 2016 season would have in store for him.
“I have to work on a few things, but I’ll be ready next year,” he said. “I guarantee you, I’ll be ready. During the summer I’ll be working my ass off – excuse my language – to get on that field next year.”
He has an idea about how he’d like to be used, and it’s one that should excite Ohio State fans.
“I think wildcat quarterback, something like that,” he said. “You never know. Keep your eyes open.”
And if it doesn’t happen? Gibson will always have a spot available at wide receiver. In pregame warmups and practices made available to the media, Gibson has shown a knack for the position – it looks so easy, so natural when he’s at his best – that makes it obvious he has a future at that position if he wants it.
“I made a lot of strides,” he said. “Mike Thomas, Jalin Marshall – those guys have been teaching me a lot about being a receiver. Being a receiver just came naturally to me even though I just played it a couple times in seven-on-seven, so I was just used to it.”