UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Former University of Richmond Spider football standouts Kendall Gaskins and John Laub have agreed to terms on NFL free agent contracts. Gaskins will sign with the Buffalo Bills, while Laub will ink a deal with the Detroit Lions.
“Kendall finished his senior season as one of the true leaders of our 2012 championship season,” Richmond head coach Danny Rocco said of Gaskins. “We are all excited to that he has been rewarded for an outstanding career at the University of Richmond. We wish him the best as he pursues this opportunity with the Buffalo Bills.”
A four-year starter for the Spiders, Gaskins graduated from Richmond as one of the finest running backs to ever come through the program. A First-Team All-CAA honoree for the second time in his career in 2012, Gaskins led the CAA with 16 touchdowns this season, rushing for 604 yards on 148 carries. Gaskins also showed his versatility, catching 21 balls for 193 yards and three scores.
For his career, Gaskins was earned All-America honors both during his senior season in 2012, as well as his sophomore year in 2010. For his career, Gaskins totaled 38 touchdowns – second most in program history.
“We are all very excited for John and his signing with the Buffalo Bills,” Rocco said of Laub. “John has been an outstanding leader and teammate during his time in our program. John will bring great passion to the Bills as he competes for a roster spot. We wish him the best as he pursues his dream of playing in the National Football League.”
After working hard for his opportunity, Laub made the best of his chance to start for Richmond during the 2012 season. Starting the first seven games before suffering a season-ending injury at New Hampshire, Laub completed 143-of-237 passes for 1,722 yards and nine touchdowns. Showing his versatility, Laub also ran for 391 yards and six more scores.
Laub’s best game of the season came in the contest where he suffered his season-ending injury. Facing the No. 12/13-ranked New Hampshire Wildcats, Laub totaled 372 total yards, passing for 269 yards and a score to go with 103 rushing yards.