KCU Sends 5 to USA Football Bowl
Five members of the 2013 KCU Knights Football program will be participating in the USA Football Bowl game being played Monday, January 20, 2014 in Hoover, Alabama. This is the 20th year for the USA Football Bowl, a college senior all-star game made up of players from the small colleges around the country.
KCU’s Defensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, James Gibson, will be coaching the defensive line. Coach Gibson is from Wartburg, TN, where he was a standout player at Central High School. He was a Linebacker / Long snapper at Carson-Newman College before a broken back suffered in a car wreck ended his playing career. He is a graduate of Bethel University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He worked in law enforcement for a time, then taught and coached football in east Tennessee and at Southern Tech in Charlotte, NC. He is the son of Carson-Newman All-America player and Tennessee Hall of Fame coach Jim “Hoot” Gibson, who coached in east Tennessee for over 40 years.
Marvin Newkirk is a senior defensive lineman for the Knights. He was recently selected as KCU’s first AFCA-NAIA All-America Football player. Marvin is from South Fork High School in Indiantown, Florida, and will graduate from KCU in May with a teaching degree. During the 2013 season, Marvin had 20 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. He averaged 7.7 negative yards for the offense. He also was the only defensive lineman to score this year, after picking up a fumbled ball and running it 12 yards into the end zone in KCU’s win over Bluefield College. He plans to pursue football at the next level, but will eventually become a high school math teacher and football coach.
Marcus Hicks is a wide receiver from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He will graduate from KCU in May with a University Studies degree. Marcus was KCU’s leading receiver in 2013, having caught 36 passes for a total of 334 yards, with his longest being 44 yards. He had game highs of 8 and 6 receptions, respectively. He had 1 running and 3 receiving TD’s, as well as throwing for one touchdown. Marcus hopes to continue his football career at the next level.
Jemichael Williams is a defensive back and kick return specialist for the Knights. He played at Fulton High School in Knoxville, TN, and he is studying Education at KCU, with plans teach and coach football. Jemichael averaged 6.5 tackles per game as a defensive back, including 46 unassisted tackles on the year. He had 3.5 tackles for loss this season, as well as 1 interception, and 4 other defended passes. As a returner, he returned 5 punts and 12 kicks for a total of 288 all-purpose yards, averaging better than 26 per game.
Jabriel Siler is a defensive back and Sports Management major, also from Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. He completed his degree from KCU in December. Jabriel played in only 5 games this season, after suffering a broken bone in his wrist in the pre-season. He averaged 3. 6 tackles per game, and had 2.0 tackles for loss, totaling 16 yards.