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2015 Player Review - Shelton Gibson, WR

Sophomore Shelton Gibson was given every chance to be the main target for Skyler Howard in 2015. Shelton seized the opportunity and using his blazing speed, ran away from everyone in route to a solid sophomore campaign.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Shelton Gibson was West Virginia's number one wide receiver in the 2015 season. He secured the spot early in spring when he showcased his speed. Throughout the season, Shelton was the most consistent receiver, despite dropping some passes. He finished the season with 887 yards receiver on only 37 catches, good for 24 yards per catch average. He also caught 9 touchdowns, which was 34% of the touchdowns thrown by quarterback Skyler Howard.

Date Opponent Receptions Yards Touchdowns
09/05/15 Georgia Southern 3 130 1
09/12/15 Liberty 3 81 1
09/26/15 Maryland 6 118 2
10/03/15 Oklahoma 3 35 0
10/10/15 Oklahoma State 5 84 1
10/17/15 Baylor 3 92 1
10/29/15 TCU 2 36 1
11/07/15 Texas Tech 0 0 0
11/14/15 Texas 0 0 0
11/21/15 Kansas 1 9 0
11/28/15 Iowa State 6 148 1
12/05/15 Kansas State 1 11 0
01/02/16 Arizona State 4 143 1

Shelton registered at least one catch in elevent of the thirteen games played. The only games he didn't record a catch were back to back games against Texas Tech and Texas. Against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Skyler Howard completed 12 of 23 passes. Against Texas, Skyler was limited to only 12 total pass attempts.

Gibson broke 100 yards four times in 2015, against Georgia Southern, Maryland, Iowa State and Arizona State. He also caught a touchdown in six of the first seven games. He had 7 games of at least 3 catches and 80 yards.

Not only was Shelton the main deep play threat for the Mountaineers but he was part of the package of players that Dana Holgorsen used to return kicks. Shelton gained 361 yards on 11 returns, including a 100 yard return against Baylor.