Returned to action at strongside linebacker during spring practice ... Had a sack that caused a fumble during a spring scrimmage ... Missed the 2007 season because of a knee injury ... Was able to use the year as a redshirt season ... Originally signed with UK in Feb. 2006, he enrolled in Jan. 2007 as a "grayshirt" ... Brings good height and speed to the linebacker position.
2007 (Freshman): Redshirted with a knee injury sustained in spring practice.
High School: Four-year starter at linebacker and tight end for North Laurel HS in London, Ky. ... Missed most of his senior season because of an injury, but still received third-team all-state honors from the Louisville Courier-Journal and was named to the "Kentucky Tremendous 26" by the state coaches association ... An all-district pick as a junior when he totaled 161 tackles, four tackles for loss, plus four quarterback sacks ... Also a force on the offensive side, he led the team in pass receiving as a sophomore and junior ... Helped team to state playoff appearances his sophomore and junior seasons ... All-South Region prospect by PrepStar ... The No. 15 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com ... Coached by Dave Abbott ... "Chris is a ballhawk," Abbott said. "Even when he was starting as a freshman, he was a coach on the field. He has wonderful speed, and he's so agile that it's not just straight-ahead speed. With his height, it's tough to get the ball over him in pass defense. He also hits - loves to lay the wood on you. He gets from point A to point B in a hurry and is usually in a bad mood when he gets there." ... Also played basketball ... Honor roll student ... Served as a loan officer in his school's branch of a local bank ... Grew up a Kentucky fan, as his family had season tickets, so he did not seriously consider other schools when the offer from UK came along.
Personal: Born in London, Ky. ... Son of Stephen Cessna and Delores Mattingly Deaton ... His brother, Conrad, played baseball at Georgetown College ... Chris is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing ... Enrolled in undergraduate studies.