Honors: 2012 – Earned the Dr. James E. Walker Junior Academic Award … Named Most Improved Corner at the conclusion of spring drills … Won the 55 meters at the SBC Indoor Track Championships … 2009 – Voted to the SBC All-Freshman team by the league’s beat writers … Named a high school track All-American by Track and Field News in November in the 100 and 200 meters.
2012: Started all 10 games he played … Finished with a career-best 28 tackles to go with two interceptions and two pass breakups … Tied for fourth on team with six special teams tackles … Was second among corners with 673 total snaps … Had three tackles vs McNeese, Memphis and ULM … Collected four tackles, a pass breakup, and his first career interception at Georgia Tech … Turned in five tackles against Mississippi State … Interception at WKU with 1:39 to play sealed the win … Played just 16 snaps at USA before leaving game with a broken ankle and missed the rest of the season.
2011: Played in all 12 games and had six starts … Was in on 794 total snaps to rank second among corners and earned two winning grades from the coaches … Ended year with 27 tackles, two pass breakups, and once forced fumble … Had two stops at Troy … Started against Memphis and had four solo stops … Added three tackles vs WKU and UL … Turned in four stops and a pass breakup at Tennessee … Had five stops, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup at ULM.
2010: Played just three games and was in on 89 total plays ... Earned two winning grades from the coaches ... Had three tackles in season opener against Minnesota ... Only played on special teams at Memphis ... Missed the rest of the season after the Memphis game due to his lingering knee injury.
2009: Played in eight games and had one start ... Saw action in 270 total snaps including a season-high of 53 at Troy ... Earned four winning grades from the coaching staff ... Finished the year with 20 tackles, a TFL, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble ... Recorded three tackles to go with a forced fumble, fumble recovery, and a quarterback hurry in win over Memphis ... Added two tackles at Maryland and five at North Texas ... Registered three tackles at Troy ... Had four tackles to with one for loss of yards while also catching his first career pass for 11 yards on offense ... Made his first career start at wide receiver against WKU and went on to record a fumble recovery and his first career touchdown on a 49-yard reverse ... Suffered a knee injury early in the FIU game and was lost for the rest of the season.
High School: A three-star recruit by Scout.com ... Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Top 150 players list in 2008 ... As a senior he had 650 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, 50 tackles, 11 pass breakups, an interception and two sacks ... As a junior, he racked up 50 tackles to go with three interceptions and five pass breakups ... Invited to compete in the USA Youth National track team for 100 and 200 meters ... Is a seven-time Junior Olympic champion, a two-time World Team participant, and owns school records in the 100 meter and 200 meters ... Played for Coach Jasper Jewell.
Full Name: Kenneth D'Antignac Gilstrap II ... Parents: Kenneth Sr. and Darla Gilstrap ... Born: 7/30/91 ... His father played receiver at Tennessee Tech from 1985 to 1988 and ranks sixth in all-time receiving yards ... Major: Liberal Studies (earned degree May 2013).