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WSU's Gibson returns for senior year

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's All-Pacific-10 Conference wide receiver Brandon Gibson announced today that he will return to the Cougar football team for his senior season.

At the conclusion of the Cougars' 2007 season, Gibson, a junior, explored the possibility of entering the NFL Draft with the assistance of the WSU coaching staff and services provided by the NFL. Following that process, Gibson decided he wanted to return for his senior season and continue working toward his degree in history and education.

"I'm excited to get this next year rolling," Gibson said. "I know (wide receiver coach Mike Levenseller) will press even harder on me now, and that's what I want. I just want to be the best player I can be."

This past season Gibson, the seventh wide receiver in school history to post 1,000 yards in a season, set the WSU single-season record with 1,180 yards en route to earning all-conference accolades. Gibson's 107.3 yards per game ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and seventh nationally, and his 6.1 receptions per game ranked second in the conference. He was also named to Phil Steele's All-America team.

His nine touchdown receptions in 2007 are tied for eighth in WSU history and his 67 receptions are tied for third. The junior out of Tacoma, Wash., is also ranked on the WSU career list in all three major receiving categories: tied for seventh in receptions (125), eighth in yards (2,083) and 10th in touchdowns (15).

"It is great to have Brandon back," said WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff. "Obviously he is a proven player and is going to be a big asset for us next season. I think another year of hard work and training is only going to make him better."

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