Isaiah Gibson - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 96


  • position Defensive End
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 302
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Springfield, Ohio
  • Major Community and leadership development with a communication minor
  • High school Springfield

2021 – Sophomore

  • Saw action in seven games and had five tackles and a tackle for loss
  • Had a tackle and his first tackle for loss in the season-opening win over ULM
  • Also had a tackle vs. Georgia, Tennessee, Vandy and Iowa

2020 – r-Freshman

  • Totaled five tackles and a QBH in nine games
  • Had a career-high two tackles at Missouri
  • Charted his first career quarterback hurry vs. Mississippi State and first tackle vs. Tennessee

2019 – Freshman

  • Redshirt season
  • Saw his first collegiate action vs. UT Martin
  • Mid-year enrollee

High School

  • Consensus choice as one of the nation’s top-50 defensive tackles and one of the top 33 players in Ohio by all the major recruiting services
  • Rated as high as the No. 32 DT by and No. 17 in Ohio by
  • As a senior, helped lead Springfield HS to a 9-3 record and second round of the state playoffs
  • First-team All-Ohio in Division I (largest classification)
  • Coached by Maurice Douglass
  • Teammate of fellow signee Moses Douglass
  • Maurice was a defensive back at Kentucky in 1984-85 and went on to an 11-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants

Community Cats

  • Volunteered to pack food at God’s Pantry (2019 and 2020)


  • Born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Son of Amy Gibson and Fred Almon
  • Has one brother, T’Shaun Bridgeforth
  • Has a son, Isaiah James Gibson Jr.
  • Major is community and leadership development with a communication minor

Isaiah Says

  • His nickname is “Big Zae”
  • After his football career, he would like to be in business or broadcasting
  • His hidden talent is golf
  • One word to describe him on the field is “different”
  • Best advice he’s ever received is “be great”
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