Marshawn Lynch’s name has been a verb for a while now, typically used to indicate the running over and/or wholesale destruction of someone or something.
In the case of Torrance Gibson, Lynch’s name will serve as a model for future encounters with the press. Gibson, a 4-star quarterback recruit committed to Ohio State, recently tweeted he intended to give media the "Marshawn Lynch" treatment after allegedly being misquoted by an Alabama newspaper.
CollegeSpun.com’s Andrew Holleran spotted the tweets, which were sent out Sunday night.
According to Holleran, Gibson’s gripe stems from a story published Sunday by AuburnSports.com’s Jeffrey Lee. The 6’4” senior out of Plantation, Florida, visited Auburn University over the weekend and met with team officials, including head football coach Gus Malzahn. Gibson also spoke to Lee and other members of the media, who quoted Gibson as saying his trip “changed things a lot” regarding his outlook on his future.
Here are Gibson’s alleged quotes, as published by Lee.
Everything went well. Everything is looking good. (The visit) changed things a lot. We'll see what the future holds.
I sat in Coach Malzahn's office and he told me that I'm their guy. He said he wants me to come in and I would get a fair opportunity to play quarterback, and I believe him.
What he did with Cam Newton in one year and Nick Marshall in two, … imagine what he could do with me in three."
I'm committed (to Ohio State), but I'm considering Auburn a lot. I don't have a problem redshirting, but sitting two or three years, that's not what I want to do. I want to come in and get a fair opportunity to play quarterback.
It’s unclear which quote Gibson disagrees with, but Al.com’s Wesley Sinor and ESPN Insider Derek Tyson published stories with identical quotes from the Florida native over the weekend. It could be that Gibson was properly quoted but is second-guessing his words.
In any case, Urban Meyers' Buckeyes are currently three experienced quarterbacks deep with a titanic battle for starting rights ahead of them this offseason. As of this moment, Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones remain adamant about their intentions to stay in Columbus and fight for the keys to Ohio State’s high-powered offense.
It would be difficult to blame this young man if he were to second-guess his commitment to the Buckeyes.
After all, Gibson made his decision in early November, a month before Barrett went down with a nasty ankle injury and Jones took the team to a national title.
The situation at quarterback has shifted drastically since Gibson committed, and no one would argue that with three experienced potential starters (two of whom are underclassmen), there are too many cooks in Meyers’ kitchen for Gibson to see significant playing time in the next two years.
As for going “Marshawn Lynch” on the media, that’s Gibson’s decision to make, boss. Just know that if you’re about that action, reporters are going to come buzzing every game.
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