PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three senior members of the Rutgers football team have signed free agent contracts with NFL teams and will report to mini-camps on Thursday, April 28. " />
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three senior members of the Rutgers football team have signed free agent contracts with NFL teams and will report to mini-camps on Thursday, April 28.

    Defensive tackle Gary Gibson and safety Jarvis Johnson both signed free agent deals with the Baltimore Ravens. Gibson’s running mate at defensive tackle, J'Vonne Parker, signed with the Cleveland Browns.

    The 6-4, 290-pound Gibson was a three-year starter for the Scarlet Knights, and concluded his career with 114 tackles. As a senior in 2004, Gibson, from Jamesville, N.Y., was in on 25 stops, including 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

    “I’m really excited right now,” said Gibson. “This is something I’ve been working for, and pointing towards.”

    The 5-11, 195-pound Johnson, from Miami, FL., was also a three-year starter for the Scarlet Knights. As a senior in 2004, he led Rutgers with 75 tackles, including 45 solo stops, and added one interception. He finished his career with 242 tackles and four interceptions.

    “This is a dream come true for me,” said Johnson. “And it’s just the beginning.”

    Parker, from Newark, NJ, is an imposing physical presence at 6-6, 345-pounds. He played in 11 games in 2004, his lone season at Rutgers, and contributed 19 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. Parker came to Rutgers after playing two seasons at Howard University.

    “I’m elated with this opportunity,” said Parker. “I’m ready to go to work.”

    J’VONNE PARKER
    Rutgers University
    DL 6-6 345
    Newark, NJ/Howard University/West Side High School

    In 2004 – Appeared in 11 games, and contributed 19 tackles … Was credited with 3.5 tackles for loss … Recoverd a fumble in victory over Kent State … Had a season high four tackles vs. West Virginia, and added three tackless vs. Temple and Navy.

    In 2003 - Did not see any game action.

    Scholastic/Personal - Transfer from Howard University who joined the program in August of 2002 ... Played two seasons at Howard ... Was eligible to practice, but sat out the 2002 season as per NCAA transfer rules ... Played in two games as a true freshman in 2000 and six in 2001 ... Was a third team All-Essex County selection at West Side HS as a senior ... Played scholastically with RU teammate Sameeh McDonald ... Graduated from Newark Tech, where he also started at center on the basketball team ...
    Born 6/7/82.

    #20 JARVIS JOHNSON
    Rutgers University
    DB 5-11/200
    Miami, FL/South Dade HS

    In 2004: Preseason Bronko Nagurski Award Candidate … Led the team for the second-straight season with 75 tackles in 2004 ... Ranks sixth among BIG EAST DB’s in tackles ... Had a season-high 10 tackles at Pittsburgh (10/23), including his first INT of the season ... Had nine tackles (4 solo, 5 assisted) in season-opening win vs. Michigan State (9/14) and again on 10/9 vs. Vanderbilt ... Had six pass breakups and 1.0 TFL ... Registered six solo stops and a forced fumble at Boston College (11/6), followed that up with a six-tackle (five solo) effort at Navy (11/20) ... Finished with seven tackles (six solo) vs. Connecticut (11/25) ... Ended his career with 242 tackles, just shy of the program’s top-10 list … Was a four-year letter-winner.

    In 2003 - Started all 12 games at strong safety, leading Rutgers with 97 tackles (51 solo, 46 assisted) … Was a first team All-ECAC pick, along with Raheem Orr and Nate Jones ... Had 10 or more tackles in five of 12 games, including a season-high 11 at Michigan State (9/6) and vs. Pittsburgh (10/18) … Also registered 10 tackles in three-straight games at Army (9/13), vs. Navy (9/27) and vs. Virginia Tech (10/4) … Posted four tackles-for-loss and .5 sacks … Tied for team lead with two interceptions, including a 47-yard return for a touchdown vs. Virginia Tech … Blocked a field goal in win over Navy … Led team with nine pass breakups … Was 17th overall in the BIG EAST in tackles-per-game (8.8) and fifth among all defensive backs … Was also seventh in the league in passes defended (12) ... Earned the team’s Defensive MVP award.

    In 2002 - Played in all 12 games, making nine starts at strong safety … Finished the season with 61 tackles (48 solo, 13 assisted), which was sixth on the team … Also registered one forced fumble and one interception … Had nine tackles in RU's season-opener vs. Villanova (8/31) … Posted nine tackles three weeks later at Pittsburgh (9/21) … Had a season-high 12 tackles (eight solo, four assisted) vs. West Virginia (10/12) … Amassed seven tackles and his lone interception vs. Temple (11/16) … Also broke up four passes … Earned the George T. Cronin Trophy, given annually to the team's most improved player.

    In 2001 - One of 14 true freshmen to play for RU … Played in eight games … Recorded a season-high four tackles at Miami (9/8).
    Scholastic/Personal - A three-year starter for the Buccaneers in the defensive backfield … Also played wide receiver … Has outstanding speed and displayed good hands as a wide receiver … Very active defender who registered two interceptions and averaged 12 tackles per game as a senior … Regarded as a solid hitter with a nose for the football … A three-year starter who saw action at running back, safety, linebacker and receiver during his time at South Dade … Team compiled a combined 23-11 record in his three seasons with the varsity ... Also competed in track … Born 11/22/82.

    Tackles GP Solo Ast. Tot. TFLs INT FF FR PBU
    2001 8 6 3 9 0.0 0 0 0 0
    2002 12 48 13 61 0.5 1 1 0 4
    2003 12 51 46 97 4.0 2 0 0 11
    2004 11 46 29 75 1.0 1 1 1 6
    Career 42 151 91 242 5.5 4 2 1 21

    #95 GARY GIBSON
    Rutgers University
    DL 6-4/280
    Jamesville, NY/Lafayette Senior HS

    In 2004: Played in 10 games with eight starts ... Finished season with 25 tackles ... Also had 7.5 TFL’s, which tied for third on the team, and 2.5 sacks ... Took part in three sacks in win over Kent State (9/18) … Ended a streak of 35-consecutive games (tied for the longest among active Scarlet Knights at the time) by missing the Boston College game (11/6) ... Had four tackles vs. UNH (9/11) and Kent State and a season-high five vs. Temple (10/16) ... Also had one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a team-high 10 QB hurries ... Left West Virginia (10/30) contest in first quarter with an injury ... Finished career with 114 tackles … Four-year letterwinner.

    In 2003 - Started all 12 games in 2003, registering 44 tackles (14 solo, 30 assisted), second-most among defensive linemen … Had a season-high six tackles in three games - vs. Virginia Tech (10/4), vs. Pittsburgh (10/18) and at UConn (11/8) … Also collected five tackles at West Virginia, (10/11), including two sacks … Posted 7.5 tackles-for-loss (-40 yards) and 2.5 sacks … Recovered one fumble and had seven QB hurries ... Shared team’s Most Improved Player award with Tres Moses.

    In 2002 - Started all 12 games on the defensive line… Registered 32 tackles (16 solo, 16 assisted)… Also had four tackles for loss and one pass break up… Opened the season with four tackles vs. Villanova (8/31)… Had a season-high five tackles vs. Buffalo (9/7) and at Notre Dame (11/23).

    In 2001 - Played in 10 games as a reserve on the defensive line … Was effective all season in that role, amassing 13 tackles … Had a season-high four tackles vs. Boston College (11/17), including two for a total loss of 13 yards … Had lone sack of the season vs. the Eagles, while also blocking a kick ... Earned the Douglas A. Smith Second Effort Award in Spring Practice 2002, given to the defensive player, "who has shown the most improvement during the off-season and in Spring Practice."

    In 2000 - Spent the season as a member of the scout team … Did not see game action in the 2000 season.
    Scholastic/Personal - Four-year member of Lafayette's varsity squad … Broke into the starting lineup in the fifth game of his freshman year and remained there for the duration of his career ... Three-time Section III Class D West All-League lineman who was also a first team All-State selection as a senior ... Played right guard on offense and right tackle on defense ... Also competed on the wrestling and track teams before deciding to concentrate on football ... Born 5/5/82.

    Tackles GP Solo Ast. Tot. TFLs Sacks FF FR PBP
    2001 9 6 7 13 2.0 1.0 0 0 0
    2002 12 16 16 32 3.5 0.0 0 0 1
    2003 12 14 30 44 7.5 2.5 0 1 0
    2004 10 9 16 25 7.5 2.5 1 1 1
    Career 43 45 69 114 20.5 6.0 2 2 2

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