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Old 04-27-2005, 12:54 PM   #16
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Quotes from Gibson's coaches at Georgia

"They got a steal ... they stole him on the fourth round," Harrick said of the Steelers. "When they put him back to run kickoffs, there's no one better. And down the field, no one can stop him. He's similar to Randy Moss. He can run, he can jump and he can catch.

"He has a knack to adjust to the deep ball and accelerate to the deep ball," said John Eason, Gibson's receivers coach at Georgia. "Deep balls, balls over his head, balls to the outside shoulder, he'll track the ball. He has great hand-eye coordination."

"He was the quickest guy I ever coached, maybe tied with Tyus Edney," Harrick, the former Georgia basketball coach, said yesterday from his home in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. "But Ty would have to take two steps to Fred's one."

"Fred probably could have played NBA basketball if he didn't opt to play football," Harrick said. "He's just spectacular at running and jumping. It's hard for me to believe there's a better athlete in the draft than Fred Gibson."

The Steelers selected Gibson (6 feet 4, 202 pounds) with the 131st overall pick because they were looking to increase their depth at wide receiver. But they also got a player who is similar in stature to Plaxico Burress, who left in free agency, though Burress is nearly 30 pounds heavier.

Gibson is faster, has a higher vertical, and is better at gaining yards after the catch than Burress.
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