Of all of the highlights of the Oklahoma Sooners Week 1 game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves, none shined brighter than the performance of Jayden Gibson. He didn’t have these gaudy stats but he had two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Those two catches were the best two catches in the entire game and two that Jayden Gibson needed. We’ve talked about him potentially breaking out. However, until Saturday he hadn’t really taken advantage of his opportunities. He also has talked about his confidence waning a bit.
Gibson told reporters it was good to put his hard work to the test.
“It meant a lot to me because my coaches they put a lot of effort and instilled a lot into me,” Gibson said. “I didn’t want to let them down. It’s hard being a player out here because you’re always held to the highest standard at all times. I just felt like it was good to show that I could live up to that standard too.”
Gibson absolutely lived up to that standard on Saturday. Both catches were contested jump balls that he snagged out of the air. Something he is capable of doing with his large frame.
It was good to see Gibson overcome the drops that plagued him a season ago and in the spring game.
The spring drop was a pass thrown by Jackson Arnold. The touchdown catch was also thrown by Arnold. Oklahoma’s quarterback of the future showed his confidence in Gibson.
Gibson made it known he doesn’t forget the drops as Arnold said he told him after the touchdown catch, “That was for the spring game.”