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Rookie pass rusher Trevis Gipson is perfect project for Bears as 5th-round pick

Trevis Gipson couldn’t get a Division I program to offer him a scholarship as a high school player in the Dallas area until the Tulsa coaches saw something they just couldn’t resist.

He was a pass rusher, but brought the quickness and athleticism of a basketball player. The problem was that he also had the body of a basketball player at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, which was why most scouts believed he was too small for major college football.

But if Gipson was willing to be as relentless about bulking up as he was about charging into the backfield, Tulsa’s staff saw potential.