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33  Chris Gayton
Chris Gayton

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Montreal, Quebec

Last College:
Vanier College

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 205

Position:
Safety

Birthdate:
10/30/1976

Experience:
3L


? ?All-Can-American Team? by the Toronto Sun (1998)
? SEC Academic Honor Roll (1998, 1999)

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	1
Gayton 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
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