CSN talks with defensive coordinator Shawn Quinn and three linebackers
The national honor is the second for Gill this post-season
Senior finished with 111 tackles to lead WCU, ranks second in SoCon
Three tabbed first team by coaches and media
Western Carolina Football vs. Chattanooga
Catamount Football vs. Wofford
Western Carolina Football vs. Elon - Homecoming 2013
Catamount Football at Virginia Tech, Sept. 7, 2013
Catamount Football vs. Elon
2014 (Senior): Made starts in 11 of the 12 games in which he saw action ... Led the Catamount defense with 111 tackles including 51 solo stops ... Ranked second in the SoCon in tackles per game in 2014, averaging 9.2 tackles per game ... Additionally finished fifth in the SoCon in tackles for loss, averaging one per game with a team-leading 12.0 on the season with three sacks ... Was a two-time postseason All-America selection, garnering third team plaudits from both The Sports Network and College Sports Madness ... Was a unanimous All-Southern Conference selection ... Recorded double-digit tackles five times on the season including a career-best 14 stops against league regular season champion, Chattanooga ... Tallied an interception - the second of his career - in the home win over VMI, thwarting a late-game, would-be scoring drive as he jumped a route over the middle of the field ... Named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week following a 12-tackle performance in the home win over Wofford (Oct. 11), anchoring a defensive effort that limited the Terrier offense to then season-lows of 14 points on just 270 rushing yards and 273 total yards ... Additionally earned College Sports Madness weekly plaudits for his efforts.
2013 (Junior): Started all 12 games at the linebacker position ... Was second on the defensive unit with a career-best 101 tackles including 49 solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss ... Recorded double-digit tackles four times including 10 against The Citadel, 12 against nationally-ranked Wofford, a career-high 13 in the win over Elon and 12 against Furman ... Posted eight-or-more tackles in seven of the 12 games ... His 8.4 tackles per game average ranked sixth in the Southern Conference ... Forced two fumbles on the year ranking tied for eighth in the SoCon (0.17 per game) while recovering one ... Tallied three pass break-ups and recorded his first career interception at ACC-foe, Virginia Tech, intercepting Logan Thomas.
2012 (Sophomore): Played in six games, all as a reserve on the WCU defense ... Finished the season with nine total tackles including two solo stops ... All of his tackles came in the road game at Marshall in early September.
2011 (Freshman): Played in 10 of WCU's 11 games, making seven starts as a true freshman ... Finished with 62 tackles to rank third on the team, recording three tackles for eight yards of losses ... Recorded double-digit tackles three times ... Had 35 solo stops, fourth on the team ... Recovered two fumbles including one against Elon and one at Samford, returning the takeaway 20 yards ... Made his collegiate debut in the second game of the year against Mars Hill, recording three total tackles including two solo stops ... Earned his first collegiate start against Furman, securing 11 total hits with four solo stops and a pass break-up ... Posted his career-best of eight solo stops at Appalachian State as a part of his career-high 13 total tackles ... Credited with six tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-time all-league selection as both a quarterback and defensive back as a prep ... the two-way athlete rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 37 touchdowns, caught 29 passes for 469 yards and six scores while also passing for over 3,000 yards and 21 scores at Bridgeport Central ... On defense at BCHS, was credited with over 230 tackles and 23 interceptions ... Became the first quarterback to win the MVP award at the Thanksgiving Day game ... In one season of post-graduate play at Avon, rushed for 1,159 yards and 20 touchdowns while also hauling in 22 passes for 600 yards and eight TDs - defensively, recorded nine interceptions ... Rated as a two-star athlete out of high school by Rivals.com ... Also played basketball as a prep, earning all-league honors in helping Bridgeport Central win the state championship his senior year ... Was originally recruited by Penn State out of high school.
Personal: Full name is Christon Lamar Gill ... Is the son of Beverly Gill ... Has three siblings - Chakeya, Kelleray and Shynaya ... His brother played football at American International College in Springfield, Mass.