Gipson with the Cleveland Browns
|No. 39 Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Date of birth:||August 7, 1990|
|Place of birth:||San Bernardino, California|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||Dallas (TX) Kimball|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Tashaun Gipson (born August 7, 1990) is an American football free safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wyoming, and signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
Gipson was a three-sport star at Kimball High School in Dallas, playing football and basketball while also running track. He had an outstanding career and especially an outstanding senior year on the gridiron. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 4A District 14 Dallas City League and also earned First Team All-District honors both as a cornerback and as a returner. On defense, Gipson made 35 tackles, broke up nine passes and recovered two fumbles. On offense and special teams, he accumulated more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and scored 14 touchdowns while serving as an offensive team captain. During his career, he played quarterback, wide receiver, free safety and also returned punts and kicks. He was recruited by Baylor, Louisville, Fresno State and Idaho.
Gipson decided to go to the University of Wyoming not only for the chance at early playing time, but also in order to play with his brother, Marcell Gipson. At Wyoming, both Gipson brothers played cornerback from 2008-2010 for the Wyoming Cowboys football team. Gipson's season year in 2011 proved to be his best statistically with 95 total tackles (73 solo 22 assist) with 0.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 3 interceptions. During his senior season, Tashaun started the season by playing at the cornerback position, but for the final 8 games of the season he played at the safety position. Gipson had 3 interceptions as a junior in 2010, and 3 interceptions as a sophomore in 2009. As a freshman Tashaun did not have any interceptions, however along with his brother, Marcell, the Gipson brothers both tied for the team lead in passes defensed with 10 each. Gipson started every game of his collegiate career at Wyoming.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 11 in||206 lb||4.52 s||1.59 s||2.73 s||4.28 s||6.83 s||35 1/2 in||10 ft 2 in||23 reps|
|All values from Pro Day|
In Week 14 of the 2012 season, Gipson recorded his first NFL interception against the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished his rookie season with the Browns accumulating 33 tackles and an interception.
Gipson entered the 2013 season as the starting free safety. He also recorded a crucial interception against the Detroit Lions on October 13, 2013. He intercepted Jay Cutler on the starting possession at the goal line to force a crucial stand.
Gipson entered the 2014 season coming off a breakout season the year prior. He put up gaudy numbers in the first 11 games of the season by recording 6 interceptions and 1 force fumble. The 2014 season ended for Gipson in week 12 against Atlanta Falcons during a pass break up. It was determined that Gipson sprained his MCL. Upon the conclusion Gipson finished 2nd in the NFL in interceptions despite missing the last 5 games. He was selected to his first pro bowl as a result of his stellar season.
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