Student-Athlete of the Week

Oct. 31, 2011

Laramie, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week

Tashaun Gipson

What kind of advice would you give a kid who wants to play Division I football?
I would tell them to take advantage of the high school experience. Play football as well as get your education, because that is important as a Division I athlete.

What are three things you have learned during your college career that have made you successful on and off the field?
Discipline is one the main things I have learned during my college career and that has helped me on and off the field, and will continue to help me as my life goes on. Work ethic in another because balancing school and football takes a lot of hard work. The last piece of advice I would give is to be respectful, I have learned respect can get you a long way in life.

What are your plans when your days at UW are over?
I have been blessed to have the opportunity to further my playing career at the professional level, so that's my plan after leaving UW.

Is there a story behind you wearing #4?
No not really. Coming into college I wanted a single digit number and all they had was #4 and #8. I was shooting for #7, though.

Who are the professional players you have admired over the years?
I have a lot actually, but I admire Deion Sanders because the type of person he is and the way he carries himself. Plus he is an awesome athlete.

Of Wyoming's receivers, who is the most difficult to cover? Why?
Well we have a lot of good receivers, but if I had to choose I would say Chris McNeill. He is pretty shifty.

If you could play an offensive position, what would it be? Why?
I would say quarterback. I actually have the strongest arm on the team. We had a throwing contest and I won. I think I could be better than Mike Vick, lol.

In a sport other than football, who is your favorite athlete to watch? Why?
LeBron James. He is my idol outside of football because of his style of play and his passion he shows for the game. I like watching him ball out.

What is your favorite meal?
Fries, I love French fries. I can eat them with anything or by themselves.

What is one thing you have always wanted to do, but haven't had the chance to yet?
I want to go sky diving sooner rather than later. That's something I've always wanted to do.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
I would have to say when we ran on the field before Texas State this year. I slipped and fell by the statue of the bucking horse. That was embarrassing for sure.

You recently got moved to safety, how was that transition for you?
The transition has been smooth for me because I played it last year for the last three games, so it's not new to me. Being there full time now is fun and I'm enjoying it, it's been good to me.

What has been your favorite memory of Cowboy Football?
I would have to say the New Mexico Bowl. I enjoyed that experience and I'm hoping we can match that success and get to another bowl this year.