? ?All-Can-American Team? by the Toronto Sun (1998)
His size and speed make him a natural for the new safety role, a hybrid strong safety/outside linebacker position ? Came to UK as a defensive back and he brings good speed and pass coverage ability to the position ? Has played in 31 regular-season games, starting six.
2000 (Junior): Played in nine games ? Made 20 tackles while starting the first four games at outside linebacker, then sustained a sprained knee ? Played sparingly upon his return ? Totaled 23 tackles on the season ? Charted a career-high nine tackles at Louisville, featuring three tackles for loss and a sack.
1999 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games on special teams and as a reserve linebacker ? Made six tackles, including two each against Indiana and Tennessee ? Had pass breakups against South Carolina and Tennessee ? Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
1998 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 11 games, starting twice at strong safety when David Johnson was injured ... Made 11 tackles, including one for loss ... Caused two fumbles ... Top game came against Georgia when he made five tackles, including one for loss, and intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards ... Named to the ?All-Can-American Team? by the Toronto Sun for Canadian players who are playing American college football ... Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Also played in the Outback Bowl and made two tackles.
1997 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Hampered by a pulled hamstring that prevented him from seeing game action.
At Vanier College: Standout running back at Vanier College in Montreal ... Rushed 73 times for 478 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry, and six touchdowns his last season at Vanier ... Led the Class AAA CEGEP League in punt returns with 263 yards for a 9.1 average, including a 63-yard return for a TD ... Named team?s Special Teams Player of the Year ... Broke the school career record for punt return yardage and ranked sixth in league history ... Three-year letterman and two-year starter ... Won the team?s student-athlete award two years ... Won the school?s Male Athlete of the Year in 1997 ... Captain of the 19-and-under Quebec All-Star Team in 1995 ... Coached by Ray Gagnon. High School: Played two years at Selwyn House HS ... Team MVP during his final season while playing running back, linebacker, and safety ... Valedictorian of his class ... Head prefect (president) of the student council.
Personal: Full name is Christopher Joseph Robert Gayton ... Born 10-30-76 in Montreal ... Son of David Gayton and Jill Corner ... Hobbies include scuba diving and rock climbing ... Major is art studio.
Gayton Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. PBU Int.-Yds. FC FR 1998 Strong Safety 11-2 11 1-3 0 0 1-38 2 0 1999 Linebacker 11-0 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 2000 Linebacker 9-4 23 3-10 1-8 0 0 0 1 Totals 31-6 40 4-13 1-8 2 1-38 2 1Gayton Game-by-Game Statistics
2000 Opponent Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. Louisville 9 3-10 1-8 South Florida 2 0 0 Indiana 5 0 0 Florida 4 0 0 Ole Miss injured South Carolina injured Louisiana State 1 0 0 Georgia 0 0 0 Mississippi State 1 0 0 Vanderbilt 0 0 0 Tennessee 1 0 0 Totals 23 3-10 1-8