Noteworthy: Made the move from ......"Will......" to ......"Sam......" linebacker in the spring of 2001 ... Has played in 22 career games and started nine times ... Will be counted on for senior leadership in 2002.
2001: Played in nine games and started once against Mississippi ... Finished with seven tackles on the season (one solo) ... Recorded a season-best four tackles at Mississippi, while registering one each in wins over UL-Monroe, New Mexico State and Arkansas St. ... Earned ...Best Conditioned Athlete' award after scoring a perfect 34 out of 34 points during the summer conditioning program.
2000: Saw action in nine games, including eight as a starter at ......"Will......" linebacker ... Was eighth on the team in tackles with 43 stops, including 30 solos ... Also had four tackles for lost yardage, a sack (vs Murray State), a forced fumble, and pass breakup ... Collected a career-high 10 tackles against Murray State to go with two stops behind the line of scrimmage ... Registered eight tackles in a win over Louisiana-Monroe, seven tackles against South Florida, and six at Mississippi State ... Was in on 439 snaps on defense for the year (48.8 per game) ... Played a career-best 69 plays against Louisiana Tech ... Missed the Connecticut and Louisiana-Lafayette games with an ankle injury.
1999: Was on schedule to redshirt, but progressed rapidly and the coaches elected to play him in game seven at Louisiana Tech ... Went on to play in five games, collecting eight tackles and one fumble recovery ... Had a season-high four tackles against UT Martin and two stops at Tech.
High School: Played for coach Ray Kenjura at Klein ... Led the team with 87 tackles to go along with three fumble recoveries and seven sacks his senior year as team finished 7-4 ... Named all-district ... Lettered two years in football and one in track ... Tallied 16 unassisted tackles in win over Conroe ... Also registered eight tackles and three sacks against Baytown Lee (the quarterback he sacked was Eli Roberson who was rated one of the top 100 players in Texas and signed with Kansas State).
Personal: Parents: Vernon and Glenda Gatlin ... Born: 9/11/81 ... Major: Computer Info. Systems.
Tackles UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT
1999 5 3 8 0-0 0-0 1 0 2000 30 13 43 1-5 4-9 0 0 2001 1 6 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 Total 36 22 58 1-5 4-9 1 0