Dec. 11, 2006
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Defensive back Brandon McDonald and punter Michael Gibson will participate in the Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic hosted at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., on December 23, 2006. Game time is slated for noon.
The Magnolia Gridiron Classic is a college all-star football game played in a 1-A verses 1-AA format. Scouts from every NFL and CFL team attend the week of practices to evaluate the talent of the 100 seniors representing colleges from across the nation for the upcoming draft. Former Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill will coach the 1-A squad against former Jackson State coach W.C. Gorden, who will lead the 1-AA team.
Tickets are available through the box office at 601-354-6021 or on-line at www.ms-veteransstadium.com. Advance tickets are $12/$20/$25 and tickets purchased on game day are $15/$25/$30.
A native of Collins, Miss., McDonald was named to the All-Conference USA team and was selected as the co-Defensive Player of the Year at the post-season banquet. He led the defense with 84 tackles, four interceptions and four pass breakups and also had a key blocked field goal in the Houston game. He logged two interceptions in the Tigers' win over UTEP on the road in the season finale. McDonald returned all but one punt for the Tigers this season and was much improved as he averaged 10.9 yards on his 15 returns. His long was a 31-yard return against Southern Miss this year. McDonald played two seasons with the Tigers after transferring from Jones County Community College.
Gibson, a native of Tupelo, Miss., finished the year as one of the top punters in Conference USA. He was a first-team honoree on the All-C-USA squad and was selected as the co-Special Teams Player of the Year at the team's post-season banquet. Gibson finished the season third in C-USA in punting with an average of 43.1 yards per punt. He booted 12 of his 42 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line, including six inside the 5-yard line. In addition, more than half of Gibson's punts were for 40 or more yards, and he also totaled eight punts over 50 yards. Gibson played two seasons at Memphis after transferring from Itawamba Community College.
Gibson and McDonald join safety Wesley Smith who will also be playing in a post-season senior event. Smith was invited to participate in the All-American Classic in Las Vegas on January 15.
Brandon McDonald (shown) and Michael Gibson will play in the Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic.