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Images from Wyoming's football game against San Diego State in Laramie, Oct. 30, 2010
Images from Wyoming's game against Utah in Laramie, Oct. 16, 2010.
Images from the third scrimmage of fall practice for the 2010 Wyoming Cowboys, Aug. 21.
UW This Season: The Cowboys will look to Tashaun Gipson to be a leader in the secondary during the 2011 campaign, after the departure of seniors Marcell Gipson, his older brother, and Chris Prosinski. With a team-high 37 consecutive starts under his belt, Gipson has led Wyoming in pass breakups and interceptions as a cornerback the last two seasons, and is a candidate for postseason honors as a senior this fall.
2010: Gipson continued to be one of UW's top defensive backs in his junior campaign, as he started all 12 games and earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West honors from MW coaches and media. He finished the season with 40 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, nine pass breakups and three interceptions. His average of 1.0 passes defended per game tied for second in the league and No. 26 nationally, while his three interceptions ranked fourth in the MWC and tied for No. 87 in the NCAA. Gipson notched 77 interception return yards on the season with returns of 32 against Utah, 26 against Colorado State and 19 against San Diego State. He recorded a season-high six tackles at BYU and had five against Colorado State.
2009: Gipson intercepted three passes his sophomore season to tie for the team lead and tie for 10th in the Mountain West Conference. In addition to his three interceptions, he recorded six pass breakups for a total of nine passes defended, which led the team and tied him for No. 9 in the MWC. Two of his interceptions came against UNLV, tying him for the NCAA's 11th best single-game interception total for the `09 season. Gipson's other interception came in the season opener versus Weber State. His top single-game tackle performances of the year came on the road at Colorado (10 tackles, one forced fumble), at San Diego State (nine tackles) and in the New Mexico Bowl vs. Fresno State (seven tackles).
2008: The younger Gipson excelled in the starting lineup, ranking sixth on the team in tackles, with 56, and tying with his brother Marcell for the team lead in pass breakups, with 10. Gipson began the season in strong fashion, recording a season high nine tackles in a season-opening win over Ohio. He also had seven tackles on two occasions -- versus Air Force and at UNLV. Gipson also broke up three passes against UNLV. His other top performance of 2008 came at BYU, where he recorded six tackles, broke up three passes and forced one fumble.
High School: 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 returned punts and kicks. Gipson was coached in high school by Darrell Jordan. He was also recruited by Baylor, Louisville, Fresno State and Idaho.
Personal: He is one of six children of Kimberly Roberson-Gipson and Michael Gipson. His father played football at Arizona State University. Tashaun has one son of his own, Damari Tashaun Gipson. Gipson is majoring in communications.