The Florida State Seminoles have just dramatically improved their offensive line corps. Offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons has pledged to transfer to FSU from Notre Dame. The 6’4 ”, 309-pound lineman from Clearwater, Fla. Immediately became one of the most wanted linemen after hitting the transfer portal on May 6. should bring experience and leadership to Alex Atkins’ OL unit.
According to Gibbons’ profile on the Notre Dame site, he played 11 games during the 2020 season, mostly in left guard, and helped block an offensive line generally considered to be one of the best in college football. In total, Gibbons has seen playing time in 29 games during his Notre Dame career, spending a lot of those shots on special teams. He was also named the team’s offensive scout team player of the year as a rookie in 2017.
Quality work from Notre Dame LG Dillan Gibbons (76) here on his combo block with Jarrett Patterson and then puts the LB in the dirt. pic.twitter.com/pj171XMfjt
– Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) October 14, 2020
A versatile offensive lineman is always crucial for depth, but Gibbons should fight for a starting role immediately, which is good news for a unit that has seen promising red-shirted first-year goaltender Thomas Shrader get injured. in spring. At Gibbons, the Noles added an experienced leader who had played a major role in the depth of Notre Dame’s offensive line for the past three seasons.
From our sister site SB Nation One Foot Down:
Gibbons was a career replacement during his time at South Bend with just one career start (Syracuse), but he played an important role in special teams.
Last year he was on par with Josh Lugg when needed, and against the Florida State Seminoles he had a huge impact on the game. When Liam Eichenberg was knocked out of the game with an eye injury, Aaron Banks moved to left tackle and Gibbons – not Lugg – came out to play left guard. He played well and there were hopes he would continue to develop this spring.
When spring training began Gibbons was with the team’s 1st unit in left guard, but after several weeks of piece movements the Irish staff finally got Rocco Spindler as LG1 by the time the Blue-Gold match arrived. Gibbons also worked at the center to help find a Zeke Correll save, but it never really seemed to go anywhere.