77 - Chris Billingslea
Chris Billingslea
Height: 6-5
Weight: 265
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Fort Mill, S.C.
High School: Fort Mill
Position: DL

ON BILLINGSLEA: Fifth-year senior who is a mainstay on the defensive line ... named to the preseason All-Southern Conference first team and a member of the College Football Performance Awards preseason watch list ... has played in all 33 games with 28 consecutive starts over the past three seasons ... enters the year with career totals of 129 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, five fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks and an interception ... the most athletic of The Citadel's defensive linemen ... added 20 pounds during the offseason and is moving better than he has in the past ... has the potential to be on NFL scouts' radars as the season progresses.

JUNIOR (2011): Started all 11 games at defensive end and had 53 tackles, second among returning players ... had 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage including a pair of sacks, recovered three fumbles and broke up five passes ... ranked 37th in the Southern Conference with an average of 4.8 tackles per game and was named second team all-conference by the coaches and media ... also ranked 10th in the league in tackles for loss and tied for first in fumble recoveries ... scored a touchdown when he scooped up a blocked punt and returned it 19 yards vs. VMI ... matched his career high with 10 tackles vs. Wofford ... had a sack and 2.5 total tackles for loss vs. Western Carolina ... credited with seven tackles vs. Furman and Appalachian State.

SOPHOMORE (2010): Started all 11 games ... tied for fourth on the team with 47 tackles and ranked 50th in the SoCon with an average of 4.3 per game ... made 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, recovered two fumbles and broke up a pass ... had 10 tackles vs. Georgia Southern, with one resulting in lost yardage ... registered six tackles vs. Presbyterian and Wofford and made a sack vs. nationally-ranked Arizona.

FRESHMAN (2009): Played in 11 games and started the final six in his redshirt freshman year ... totaled 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and two passes defensed while intercepting a pass vs. Chattanooga ... named to the SoCon All-Freshman team ... had a season-high five tackles vs. Presbyterian and Elon and had sacks vs. Samford and Georgia Southern.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Fort Mill High School ... lettered four times in football and once in basketball ... had career totals of 236 tackles, 87.5 tackles for loss, 35.5 sacks, eight fumble recoveries, six forced fumbles, three blocked punts and two touchdowns ... twice named team's defensive player of the year and to the all-region squad ... four-time selection as the Tri-Counties Player of the Week and received Class 4A defensive lineman of the week award on six occasions ... chosen the Charlotte Observer Upper State Defensive End of the Year in 2007 and was on the High School Sports Report Top 100 Senior Prospects list ... played on state championship basketball team in 2006-07.

PERSONAL: Born Feb. 7, 1990 in Charlotte, N.C. ... son of Melvin and Ginger Billingslea ... mother ran track at Western Carolina in 1988-89 ... majoring in business administration.

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