|Height: 6-1 | Weight: 206 | College: Wake Forest|
Gattis is an emerging talent who greatly improved his tackling ability during his junior year. Built like a linebacker but blessed with the blazing speed needed to handle deep coverage assignments, he has also proven to be a stellar special teams coverage performer.
Gattis was an All-Conference, All-Area and All-State selection as a senior at North Durham High School, where he also excelled in track and basketball. Despite playing in only eight games due to an ankle injury, he earned All-American mention from Prep Football Report and was rated the 15th-best prospect in the state of North Carolina by Super Prep.
In his final year, Gattis helped the team compile an 11-3 record. He recorded 65 tackles with seven pass deflections, five interceptions and a blocked punt, as the team advanced to the third round of the state before falling to eventual state champion, Independence. He was also selected to play in the East-West All-Star game. He also collected 110 tackles and one interception as a junior.
Gattis earned four letters in track. He won the 2002 Class 4-A state championship in the 300-meter hurdles and finished second in the 110-meter hurdles. He clocked a personal best 14.1 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles and 10.5 in the 100-meters. He ranked seventh nationally in 60-meters (indoor), garnering Nike All-American, All-State and Conference Runner of the Year honors as a junior. He also lettered once in basketball.
After redshirting in 2002 at Wake Forest, Gattis earned Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman Team honors from The Sporting News as a reserve free safety and special teams coverage leader in 2003. He finished his first varsity season 34 tackles (29 solos) and a pair of forced fumbles.
He took over free safety chores as a sophomore, finishing second on the team with 71 tackles (50 solos) in 2004. Gattis had a sack, 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and four pass deflections. He caused two fumbles, recovered three others and intercepted two passes for 43 yards in returns.
Gattis was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2005. He ranked seventh in the nation and tied for the conference lead with a career-high five interceptions for 126 yards in returns. He was one of only three NCAA Division 1-A players to return two of those pass thefts for touchdowns during the season. He also finished second on the team with 72 tackles (46 solos). He caused and recovered a fumble and also had seven pass break-ups.
The 2006 All-American honorable mention and All-ACC first-team pick started 13 games. He posted 82 tackles (49 solos) with eight pass deflections and intercepted five passes. He caused and recovered a fumble, adding 5.5 stops for losses and made 10 tackles (seven solos) on special teams.
In 48 games for the Demon Deacons, Gattis started 33 contests. He recorded 259 tackles (174 solos) with an eight-yard sack and nine stops for losses of 25 yards. He added 45 tackles (30 solos) and a forced fumble on special teams. He caused six fumbles and recovered five others. Gattis had 12 interceptions for 169 yards in returns (14.1 avg) and two touchdowns, adding 19 pass deflections.
Positives: Has a solidly built frame with good upper body muscles, tight waist, hamstrings and calf definition Reads and reacts with quickness to pre-snap movements and looks instinctive in deep coverage assignments Demonstrates smooth hip moves, a long stride to cover ground quickly and natural hands to compete with the receiver for the ball Has quick feet, smooth change of direction agility and that second gear needed to close on the ball in a hurry Capable of generating the acceleration needed to close on plays in front of him and has the flexibility and balance to make plays in lateral pursuit Does a fine job of taking the plays from the board to the field. He is a hard worker with good training habits Team-oriented and can handle hard coaching Has the short-area foot quickness to shadow a receiver in man coverage and the burst to run down tailbacks and slot receivers Does a fine job of scanning the field and reacting to the offense when playing deep in the zone Makes good body adjustments in both deep and shallow assignments and shows the awareness skills to not get fooled by play-action and misdirection When playing deep, he shows good consistency in keeping the plays in front of him Effective at laying back and playing centerfield, showing good timing to make plays on the ball going for the interception With his stride, he can cover ground quickly Has the acceleration and playing speed to get out of his breaks smoothly and covers a lot of ground in a hurry, closing with good urgency when supporting vs. the run Plays up on the flat route and is a natural hands catcher who appears confident he will defeat his opponent for the ball Does a fine job of tracking the ball over his shoulders, demonstrating the balance and body control to come back for the off-target throws In run support, he closes with good urgency to the ball and has a feel for the support lanes, taking good angles to get to the ball Has the short-area quickness to shadow and trail the receiver, showing smoothness and hip snap to come out of his backpedal with no wasted steps Sees the field and gets a sharp break on the ball due to his ability to anticipate the quarterback Shows fine body flexibility and explosive leaping skills to compete for the ball at its high point Natural hands catcher who does a good job of looking the ball in over his shoulders and securing it before heading up field Has good plant-and-drive agility, taking proper angles to close on the ball in run support Plays up on the flat route, doing a fine job of knocking down the pass by competing for the ball in a crowd Shows very good body adjustments in deep and shallow zone assignments, getting an explosive break on the ball Smooth in transition, demonstrating the loose hips and change of direction agility needed to come out of his pedal and close on the play with urgency Has the range to get out of his breaks and does a very good job of keeping plays in front of him.
Negatives: Shows toughness to hit hard and wrap, but needs to stay lower in his pads to deliver better force behind his tackles Plays with good urgency closing on the ball, but needs to use his hands better to protect his body when trying to sift through trash Will sometimes short arm working near the pile, struggling to shed Strikes with good force, but is still developing consistency when breaking down, facing up and wrapping Will get a little reckless in his play at times, especially when competing for the jump ball (needs to reach around and over receivers better to prevent pass interference penalties) Tends to get his weight back and stay on his heels a bit in his backpedal Has had some problems shedding blocks, and needs to take better angles to fill More of a drag-down type and needs to stay low in his pads, as he lacks the raw power to blow opponents up Must break down, face up and wrap with more consistency.
Compares To: JOHN LYNCH-Denver Gattis is nowhere near the punishing tackler that the Broncos' defensive back displays, but like Lynch he relies on positioning and instincts to get to the ball. Gattis has excellent hands for the interception and his stellar play on special teams is a definite asset. His play tapered off late in 2006, but he has good foot quickness and shows the range to make plays on the ball in flight.
His two interception returns for touchdowns in 2005 was one short of the school record of three, set by Marcus McGruder in 2004 His 169 yards on interception returns is seven shy of the school career record of 176 by Ronnie Burgess (1981-84) and his 126 return yards in 2005 was two short of the Wake Forest single-season record of 128 by A.J. Greene in 1987 Started 289 consecutive games before coming off the bench against Florida State in 2006 Ranks 20th in school annals with 174 solo tackles.
All-American honorable mention by Sports Illustrated and The NFL Draft Report First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection The ACC's only player to record five interceptions and 70 tackles during 2006 Ranked third on the team with 82 tackles (49 solos), including 5.5 stops for losses of 8 yards Recovered and caused one fumble
Deflected eight passes and ranked third in the conference with five interceptions Added ten tackles (7 solos) on special teams Made 44 of his plays vs. the run and 47 vs. the pass, but allowed 35 first downs (16 vs. the run, 19 vs. the pass) Collected nineteen third-down tackles (15 vs. the pass) and one more in fourth-down action Registered thirteen tackles inside the red zone, including six in goal-line situations Opponents caught 19 passes for 247 yards (13.0 avg), but no touchdowns in his area Fifteen of those grabs were for ten yards or longer, including five for 20+ yards.
|2006 Game Analysis|
Syracuse Josh wasted no time getting the season off to a crunching start, producing eight tackles (3 solos) with a pass deflection in a 20-10 triumph. Gattis made tackles on the game's first two plays, chasing down Curtis Brinkley on a 6-yard run and then stopped Tim Lane on a 7-yard reception Josh was penalized for a personal foul after stopping Paul Chiara for a 1-yard loss on a rushing attempt at the WF 41 later in the first quarter
Early in the fourth quarter, Josh killed a scoring drive when he brought down Tim Lane for no gain on a third-&-9 pass from QB Perry Patterson Head to Head Competition-TE#98-Arthur Kapalanga-No catches.
Duke Gattis delivered three tackles (2 solos), assisting on one stop behind the line of scrimmage while also batting away two passes. Teammate Chip Vaughn blocked Joe Surgan's 27-yard field goal attempt on the final play to help Wake Forest hold off Duke,
14-13 Early in the first quarter, Josh killed a scoring drive when he deflected a Thad Lewis third-&-7 pass that was intended for Jomar Wright. Duke would then attempt a 27-yard field goaql, but the kick was wide right Late in the second quarter, WF's Sam Swank's 49-yard punt was downed by Josh at the one-yard line Gattis was injured on the first play from scrimmage of the third quarter, suffering a hip contusion and did not return to the field Head to Head Competition-TE#80-Nick Stefanow-Two catches for 35 yards. (Gattis prevented Stefanow from getting to one other pass).
Connecticut Josh posted six tackles (3 solos) and also had a pressure that led to a Wake Forest interception in a 24-13 triumph, helping the team earn its first 3-0 start since 1987 On the Huskies first possession, Gattis pressured D.J. Hernandez out of the pocket and the quarterback was then intercepted by defensive end Jeremy Thompson, who returned the ball 86 yards for a touchdown Gattis later tackled Larry Taylor on a 29-yard kickoff return and a 33-yard punt return in the first half On Connecticut's final play of the game, Josh deflected a fourth-&-12 throw from Hernandez that was intended for tight end Steve Brouse Head to Head Competition-TE#90-Steve Brouse-Two catches for 19 yards (Gattis prevented Brouse from catching a fourth-down pass).
Mississippi Josh came up with six tackles (5 solos), adding one more stop on special teams. He assisted on a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and deflected one pass while twice stopping tight end Robert Lane from catching passes on goal-line plays to help Wake Forest get off to its best start since 1987 with a 27-3 victory Gattis assisted in stuffing tailback B.J. Green-Ellis for a 1-yard loss on a first-&-goal run late in the first quarter He made another goal-line stand late in the second quarter when he prevented Robert Lane from getting to a second-&-goal throw from QB Brent Schaeffer Lane was again stymied on a third-&-goal pass from Seth Adams, as Josh would not let the tight end get into his route Head to Head Competition-TE#15-Robert Lane-One catch for 3 yards (Gattis stopped Lane from getting to two goal-line passes).
Liberty Gattis collected four tackles and registered a QB pressure that led to an interception, as the only unbeaten team in the Atlantic Coast Conference preserved its perfect start with a 34-14 rout of Division I-AA Liberty On the game's second play from scrimmage, Josh chased down Brock Smith on a 10-yard bootleg and then pressured the QB out of the pocket, where Smith threw a pass that was intercepted by Riley Swanson at the Liberty 42 Head to Head Competition-TE#43-Chris Luck-One catch for 14 yards (Gattis also prevented Luck from getting to one other pass).
Clemson Gattis had his eighth interception of his career and was in on four tackles. He also downed two punts inside the 5-yard line, but Clemson's rally from 14 points down in the fourth quarter gave the Tigers a 27-17 victory over Wake Forest In the third quarter, he downed a Sam Swank 45-yard punt at the Clemson 1-yard line Later in that quarter, he picked off a third-&-6 pass by QB Will Proctor that was deflected by defensive tackle Boo Robinson at the Clemson 39 In the fourth quarter, he helped pin the Tigers at their own 4-yard line when he downed a Swank 48-yard punt Head to Head Competition-TE#89-Thomas Hunter-One catch for 10 yards.
North Carolina State Picked off a pass, caused a fumble, posted seven tackles (5 solos) and had one stop for a 2-yard loss when he captured Andre Brown behind the line of scrimmage, causing a fumble that resulted in a safety with 0:35 left in the first half Picked off a Daniel Evans pass at the WF 18 with 0:45 remaining on the clock, preserving a 25-23 decision Head to Head Competition-TE#83-Anthony Hill-Three catches for 37 yards.
North Carolina Gattis followed with thirteen tackles (9 solos) and a fumble recovery, adding an interception of a Joe Dailey third-&-15 pass at the WF 26 with less than a minute to play in the first half Recovered a fumble by fullback Nick Starcevic at the UNC 39, setting up Riley Skinner's 39-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Moore three minutes into the fourth quarter Head to Head Competition-TE#86-Jon Hamlett-One catch for 15 yards.
Boston College Had an interception for the fourth consecutive game, adding six tackles (5 solos) with a stop for a loss and a pass deflection Tackled Tony Gonzalez for a 1-yard loss on a third-&-8 pass from Matt Ryan five minutes into the game and batted down a third-&-8 toss by Ryan at the BC 45 with seven minutes left in the opening frame Picked off a third-&-13 pass by Ryan in the end zone for a touchback midway with two minutes remaining in the first half Head to Head Competition-TE#85-Ryan Thompson-One catch for 14 yards.
Florida State Followed with two solo tackles, including one that stopped tailback Lorenzo Booker for a 3-yard loss on a run off left tackle at the FSU 8 early in the second quarter, but had his consecutive starting string snapped at 29 games, as he was replaced in the lineup by Chip Vaughn Head to Head Competition-TE#1-Brandon Warren-One catch for 16 yards.
Virginia Tech Back in the starting lineup, Gattis delivered five tackles (4 solos) and picked off a pass by Eddie Royal on a flea-flicker, grabbing the receiver's toss in the end zone for a touchback atr the start of the second quarter Tackled Kenny Lewis for a 1-yard loss on a third-&-3 run, forcing Tech to punt with less than nine minutes less in the game Head to Head Competition-TE#83-Sam Wheeler-Two catches for 38 yards.
Maryland Made six tackles (3 solos), but was beaten by tight end Joey Haynos on a 23-yard reception that set up a 12-yard touchdown run by the Terps' Keon Lattimore on the game's opening series Head to Head Competition-TE#80-Joey Haynos-Two catches for 33 yards.
Georgia Tech (ACC Championship Game) Limited to three tackles and deflected a third-&-5 Reggie Ball pass to force a Tech punt with 6:43 left in the game Head to Head Competition-TE#48-Michael Matthews-No catches.
Louisville (Orange Bowl) Closed out his career with nine tackles (4 solos) and a pass break-up Tackled Trent Guy for a 2-yard loss at the UL 13 on a punt return with 3:14 left in the first quarter Deflected a Brian Brohm third-&-9 pass on Louisville's next series Head to Head Competition-TE#82-Gary Barnidge-Two catches for 13 yards.
All-American third-team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report Rated the second-best underclass safety prospect in the country by NFLDraftScout.com Added second-team All-ACC honors from the league's coaches (64 votes) Lined up at free safety, starting the final nine games Ranked seventh in the nation and tied with John Talley of Duke and Marcus Hamilton of Virginia for the ACC title with five interceptions His 126 yards in returns were two shy of the school single-season record of 128 by A.J. Greene in 1987 Joined Ohio University's Dion Bynum and Notre Dame's Tom Zbikowski as the only NCAA Division 1-A defenders to return two interceptions for touchdowns in 2005 His two scoring thefts were one shy of the school single-season record of three by Marcus McGruder in 2004 Finished second on the team with 72 tackles (46 solos) Caused and recovered a fumble Also deflected seven passes Of his 72 tackles, 29 came vs. the run and also made 19 third-down stops Led the special teams coverage units with a career-high 16 tackles (9 solos) Did not allow a reception in three contests and of the 50 passes thrown into his area, 21 were caught by the opposition for 240 yards (11.43 avg) and one touchdown Opponents averaged 4.8 yards per pass attempt vs. Gattis.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Vanderbilt Opened the season with seven tackles (4 solos), an interception and a pass deflection Added a solo stop on special teams Batted away a third-&-1 pass thrown by Jay Cutler that was intended for Marlon White, forcing the Commodores to punt early in the third quarter With 0:03 left in the third quarter, Josh also intercepted a Cutler pass at the Vanderbilt 29 Head to Head Competition-#84-Dustin Dunning-Four catches for 46 yards (Gattis prevented Dunning from getting to one other pass).
Nebraska Helped hold the Huskers to 234 yards in total offense, as Josh produced seven tackles (4 solos) with three of those hits coming on third-down plays Deflected three passes and intercepted another Also made a pair of tackles on special teams Stopped Courtney Grixby after a 1-yard gain on a punt return after the game's opening series On a third-&-goal play in the third quarter, Gattis deflected a Jay Taylor pass that was intended for tight end J.B. Phillips, forcing Nebraska to settle for a 21-yard field goal Penalized for pass interference in the fourth quarter, but made up for that miscue on the next play when he intercepted Taylor's pass at the Wake 8 and returned the ball 41 yards to mid field Head to Head Competition-TE #85-J.B. Phillips-No receptions (Gattis prevented Phillips from getting to two passes thrown to him).
East Carolina Collected six tackles (3 solos), adding an assisted stop on special teams Drilled Travis Williams after the punt returner gained only one yard on a return in the fourth quarter Head to Head Competition-TE #85-Shawn Levesque-No receptions (Gattis prevented Levesque from getting to one other pass.
Maryland Recovered a fumble and delivered six tackles (4 solos), including a pair of stops on special teams Chased down Sam Hollenbach after the QB picked up 12 yards on a draw and on the next play, Josh leveled Vernon Davis after the All-American caught a 3-yard pass in the first quarter Gattis also forced the Terps to settle for a 23-yard field goal when he jammed Davis at the line of scrimmage, preventing him from getting to a third-&-11 pass on the play in the first quarter Josh later repeated that process, preventing Davis from getting to a third-&-15 throw in the second quarter, as Maryland then settled for a 37-yard field goal He also upended Josh Wilson for no gain on a second quarter punt return, recovering a fumble at mid field on that play Head to Head Competition-TE #18-Vernon Davis-Two catches for 28 yards (Gattis prevented Davis from getting to two third-down passes thrown to him).
Clemson Followed with seven tackles (5 solos), with four stops vs. the run and three others on special teams In the third quarter, Clemson punt returner Chansi Stuckey fumbled the ball, recovered it and gained 4 yards before Josh drilled him into the ground
Head to Head Competition-TE #81-Bobby Williamson-Three catches for 31 yards.
Florida State Four of his seven tackles (4 solos) came in run support, adding a solo stop on special teams Ran down Leon Washington after the tailback broke free for a 26-yard run early in the first quarter and later assisted strong safety Chip Vaughn in bringing Washington down on a second quarter 23-yard burst Head to Head Competition-TE #14-Matt Henshaw-One catch for 14 yards.
Boston College Registered a single-season high nine tackles (7 solos) and had two more stops on special teams Deflected two passes and intercepted another for a 29-yard touchdown return Stopped Will Blackman after a 7-yard gain on a second quarter punt return, as Boston College was also penalized for holding Josh on the play Deflected a third-&-9 second quarter toss from QB Quinton Porter that was intended for Larry Lester, forcing the Eagles to punt Sniffed out a flag pass, stuffing Tony Gonzalez for no gain on a third quarter throw from Porter Picked off a Porter pass in the fourth quarter, returning the ball 29 yards for a score Head to Head Competition-TE # 88-Chris Miller-Three catches for 21 yards (note-Miller also had a 2-yard TD catch, but Gattis was not on the field Gattis also prevented Miller from getting to two other passes, including one on a third-down play).
North Carolina State Led a defense that limited State to 225 yards in total offense, as Josh came up with six tackles (3 solos), three stops on special teams, a pass break-up and a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown On State's first drive, Josh took down Tramain Hall for no gain after the halfback caught a pass from QB Jay Davis Later in the first quarter, Gattis would intercept a Davis pass for a 34-yard score on the return Josh jammed tight end T.J. Williams twice at the line of scrimmage to prevent him from getting to third-down throws in the second and third quarters In the third quarter, Josh leveled Darrell Blackmon for no gain on a punt return Head to Head Competition-TE # 80-T.J. Williams-Four catches for 48 yards (Gattis prevented Williams from getting to two third-down passes thrown to him).
Duke Added seven tackles (3 solos), with three of those hits coming on third-down plays, as the Demon Deacons held the Blue Devils to 203 yards in total offense Deflected a pass and intercepted another for a 22-yard return Stopped Reguan Boyette after the tailback gained 3 yards on a third-&-6 run early in the second quarter, forcing Duke to punt On the Blue Devils' next drive, Josh intercepted a third-&-27 pass thrown by QB Mike Schneider for a 22-yard return, but fumbled the ball at the Duke 7, causing a scrum as the ball bounced wildly before Wake Forest recovered the ball IN the third quarter, Gattis killed a scoring drive when he rerouted tight end Ben Patrick on a third-&-3 toss from QB Zach Asack at the Duke 36 Head to Head Competition-TE #8-Ben Patrick-Two catches for 30 yards (Gattis prevented Patrick from getting to one third-down pass thrown to him).
Georgia Tech Had a single-season low four tackles (3 solos), but three of those stops came on third-down plays Also batted away a pass Stopped Pat Clark for no gain on a first quarter punt return Deflected a third quarter third-&-16 pass thrown by QB Reggie Ball that was intended for Calvin Johnson, forcing Tech to punt Came across the field to haul down Damarius Bilbo after the receiver beat cornerback Riley Swanson on a slant pass from Ball for a 43-yard gain. Josh later killed that drive when he tackled tailback Tashard Choice after a 2-yard grab of a third-&-6 pass thrown by Ball Head to Head Competition-TE #48-Michael Matthews-No receptions.
Miami Closed out the season with six solo tackles, making three third-down stops and added another solo hit on special teams Caused a fumble and deflected a pass Took down Sinorice Moss on a 1-yard pass from QB Kyle Wright in the first quarter and forced the Hurricanes to punt in the third quarter when Gattis deflected a third-&-14 pass from Wright to Darnell Jenkins Tackled Jenkins on a 3-yard punt return, but Miami linebacker Romeo Davis was penalized 9 yards for an illegal block on Gattis during that play A mix-up on a combo route saw tight end Greg Olsen catch a third quarter 10-yard scoring strike from Wright, but Josh made up for that miscue when he recovered the blocked PAT after that score, then caused Jenkins to fumble after an 11-yard third quarter catch, as Wake linebacker Jon Abbate recovered the ball Head to Head Competition-TE #82-Greg Olsen-Two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown (Gattis prevented Olsen from getting to one other pass thrown to him).
Moved into the starting lineup at free safety Finished second on the team with 71 tackles (50 solos) Had an 8-yard sack and 3.5 stops for losses of 17 yards Added five tackles (4 solos) on special teams 19 of his hits came on third-down plays, with 51 stops in run support Also made a fourth-down tackle Led the Atlantic Coast Conference with three fumble recoveries and also caused a pair of fumbles Deflected four passes and had two interceptions for 43 yards in returns Did not allow his assignment to catch a pass in five contests.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Clemson In his first career start, Josh responded with six tackles (3 solos) and three third-down stops He added a solo tackle on special teams, a pass deflection and a pass theft His interception on the 1-yard line late in the second quarter was the first of his career, coming on a third-&-6 throw from QB Charles Whitehurst. The interception was the second of the game for Wake Forest and the third time the Deacons had intercepted Whitehurst in his career Also batted away a pass intended for Kelvin Grant and then tackled Airese Currie after the receiver gained 5 yards on a third-&-9 toss from Whitehurst in the second quarter Tackled All-American punt returner Justin Miller on a 3-yard run back in the fourth quarter Head to Head Competition-TE #87-Ben Hall-No receptions.
East Carolina Two of his three solo tackles came on third-down plays, including an interception on a third-&-7 toss from QB James Pinkney at the ECU 36 that Josh returned six yards in the first quarter Head to Head Competition-TE #85-Shawn Levesque-Four catches for 34 yards.
North Carolina A&T Held to a career-low two tackles as a starter, but did not allow any catches for the second time in three games Head to Head Competition-TE #85-Joshua King-No receptions.
Boston College Credited with a quarterback pressure that caused an interception and made five tackles (3 solos), with three coming on run support and another on special teams Chased down Will Blackmon on an 18-yard punt return in the first quarter On BC's next drive, Josh pressured QB Paul Peterson out of the pocket and the Eagle threw a pass that was picked off by middle linebacker Jon Abbate at the BC 39 for a 1-yard return Sniffed out the reverse and took down Taylor Sele after a 2-yard gain in the third quarter Head to Head Competition-TE #86-David Kashetta-Three catches for 34 yards.
North Carolina State Followed with nine tackles (8 solos), with four hits coming on running plays and another on special teams Also deflected a pass Dragged down Richard Washington after a 6-yard catch of a third-&-7 pass thrown by QB Jay Davis in the first quarter, forcing State to punt Head to Head Competition-TE #80-T.J. Williams-Three catches for 34 yards.
Virginia Tech Collected seven tackles (5 solos) with a pair of fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an 8-yard sack Each of his stops came in run support, with two third-down tackles in the process The game could have been lopsided, but Josh ended two potential Virginia Tech scoring drives with fumble recoveries The first was in the second quarter when he tackled tailback Cedric Humes at the Wake Forest 19 and knocked the ball loose, then pounced on it, killing a 61-yard, 11-play drive Gattis' second recovery was much bigger, taking the ball away from Justin Hamilton at the WFU 1 as Virginia Tech was going in for a third-quarter touchdown, ending a 7-play, 52-yard drive. His forced fumble in the red zone was the third forced fumble of his career In the third quarter, Josh sacked QB Bryan Randall for an 8-yard loss Head to Head Competition-TE #90-Jeff King-Two catches for 32 yards (note-Josh was not assigned to King when the TE caught a 5-yard TD pass in the first quarter).
Florida State Was in on five solo tackles, all coming on run support Chased down tailback Leon Washington on a 10-yard first quarter run, but was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul on the play (challenged the Florida State offense after a lineman attacked his legs) Drilled Washington into the ground with a vicious hit in the third quarter, stopping the runner for no gain on the play Ran down Lorenzo Booker after the tailback broke free from the pile for a 43-yard run, preventing a touchdown Head to Head Competition-TE #38-Paul Irons-No receptions.
Duke Caused and recovered a fumble, posted seven tackles (6 solos) with four third-down stops and deflected a pass Tight end Ben Patrick caught a 7-yard slant pass from QB Mike Schneider on a first-&-goal play on the game's opening drive, but Josh caused the receiver to fumble the ball and Gattis recovered it at the WFU 1, killing a 4-play, 61-yard drive Cedric Dargan attempted a run around right tackle on a third-&-1 play in the second quarter, but Josh tackled him for no gain, forcing Duke to settle for a 39-yard field goal Also leveled Ronnie Elliott after a 4-yard catch on a third-&-7 pass from Schneider in the fourth quarter, as Duke then punted Killed a last ditch drive by batting away Schneider's pass intended for halfback Justin Boyle with 3:47 left to play Head to Head Competition-TE Andy Roland-Two catches for 32 yards.
North Carolina Registered a single-season high ten tackles (8 solos), with three third-down stops and six hits coming in run support Had two special team tackles, a pass break-up and a stop for a 2-yard loss Batted away Darian Durant's third-&-11 pass that was intended for Jawarski Pollock in the second quarter, forcing UNC to settle for a 33-yard field goal on that 7-play, 66-yard drive Chased down Ronnie McGill on a 56-yard run in the third quarter, but the play was nullified when UNC was penalized (no play, 5 yard penalty) for an illegal shift However, with 0:36 left to play, Durant hurled a 45-yard game-winning touchdown toss to receiver Jesse Holly, as Holly got behind Gattis and Durant rolled to his right and lofted a perfect spiral that Holley caught in the end zone, giving North Carolina its second dramatic victory in three games. "I thought they were going to try a 10-yard pass," Josh said. "I jumped on the out route. I read the wrong keys." Head to Head Competition-TE #43-Jocques Dumas-No receptions (note-was beaten for a 45-yard TD by #9-Jesse Holly).
Miami Bounced back with eight tackles (5 solos), including one for a 7-yard loss Had a pair of third-down stops and made six of his hits in run support Early in the first quarter, Josh read the reverse and tackled Roscoe Parrish for a 7-yard loss He then chased down Parrish after a 15-yard run in the second quarter and later stopped Andrew Johnson for a 2-yard gain on a third-down run in the fourth quarter Head to Head Competition-TE #84-Kevin Everett-Two catches for 35 yards.
Maryland Finished the season assisting on a stop behind the line of scrimmage, totaling
Nine tackles (3 solos) with eight stops vs. the run as the Demon Deacons held the Terps to 295 yards in total offense Did not allow a reception for the fifth time in 2004 Dragged down fullback Sam Maldonado after a 17-yard run off left tackle in the first quarter and then stopped Maldonado on a 2-yard run off left guard on the following play Assisted middle linebacker Jon Abbate in taking down QB Sam Hollenbach after a 1-yard gain on a QB sneak and on the next play, that duo teamed up to tackle Maldonado for a 1-yard loss on a fourth quarter rushing attempt Head to Head Competition-TE #84-Derek Miller-No receptions.
Freshman All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection by The Sporting News Josh was a key contributor on special teams and as a reserve free safety, appearing in every game Made
34 tackles 29 solos) and two forced fumbles Led the punt and kickoff return coverage with 14 tackles (10 solos) and a forced fumble.
|2003 Game Analysis|
Boston College His first career tackle was an assisted effort.
Purdue Made two solo tackles on the kickoff coverage unit, including onethat stopped Anthony Chambers for no gain in the first quarter and also stopped Chambers after a 10-yard punt return, finishing the day with three solo hits.
East Carolina Delivered seven tackles (6 solos), with three stops coming in run support and three more on special teams Captured Terrance Copper after a 7-yard gain on a reverse in the first quarter Also tackled Copper for a 1-yard loss on a third quarter punt return Chased QB Paul Troth out of the pocket, bringing down the passer after a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Virginia Added three tackles (2 solos), with a pair of hits coming on special teams Also leveled Ryan Sawyer after the receiver gained 5 yards on a third-&-7 pass from QB Matt Schaub in the third quarter.
Georgia Tech Collected a single-season high eight tackles (7 solos) and caused a fumble Three of his stops came on third-down plays Dragged down P.J. Daniels on a 5-yard run on a third-&-7 play in the first quarter, as Tech was also penalized 15 yards for an illegal block Forced Tech to punt in the second quarter when he tackled Nate Curry after the receiver caught a third-&-16 pass from QB Reggie Ball for a 5-yard gain In the fourth quarter, Ball took off for a 6-yard run off left tackle on a third-&-5 play, but Josh caused the QB to fumble, as Tech recovered the ball at the WFU 8.
Florida State Added five tackles (4 solos) with two hits on special teams and a pair of stops on third-down plays Stopped tailback Greg Jones for no gain on a rushing attempt and took down Antonio Cromartie for no gain on a punt return, both coming during first quarter action Covered Craphonso Thorpe, preventing the receiver from getting back to catch an under-thrown third-&-7 pass thrown by QB Chris Rix in the second quarter Again stopped Greg Jones for no gain on a third quarter carry and tackled Leon Washington on a 5-yard punt return in the third quarter.
Clemson Made a pair of solo tackles, including one on a 14-yard run by Chansi Stuckey in the fourth quarter.
Connecticut Posted a pair of special team tackles, causing a fumble when he brought down David Sanchez for a 5-yard loss on a third quarter punt return and the ball was recovered at the CU 19 by Wake Forest defensive back Daryl Shaw.
Maryland Again made a crucial tackle on special teams, leveling Steve Suter for a 4-yard loss on a fourth quarter punt return.
Redshirted as a true freshman.
2001: Missed several games during his high school senior year with a high ankle sprain.
2006: Missed most of the second half of the Duke game (9/09) after suffering a hip contusion.
Campus: 4.46 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) 4.53 in the 40-yard dash (against the wind) 385-pound bench press Bench presses 225 pounds 23 times 485-pound squat 318-pound power clean 36 3/4-inch vertical jump 31 5/8-inch arm length 9-inch hands Left-handed 16/27 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 4.57 in the 40-yard dash 1.64 10-yard dash 2.69 20-yard dash 4.27 20-yard shuttle 11.24 60-yard shuttle 6.72 three-cone drill 34.5-inch vertical jump 10'1" broad jump Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times.
Attended North Durham (N.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Gary Merrill
All-Conference, All-Area and All-State selection as a senior despite playing in only eight games due to an ankle injury Earned All-American mention from Prep Football Report and was rated the 15th-best prospect in the state of North Carolina by Super Prep In his final year, Gattis helped the team compile an 11-3 record as he recorded 65 tackles with seven pass deflections, five interceptions and a blocked punt The team advanced to the third round of the state tournament before falling to eventual state champion Independence Was also selected to play in the East-West All-Star game Collected 110 tackles and one interception as a junior Earned four letters in track, winning the 2002 Class 4-A state championship in the 300-meter hurdles and finished second in the 110-meter hurdles Clocked a personal best 14.1 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles and 10.5 in the 100 meters Ranked seventh nationally in 60-meters (indoor), garnering Nike All-American, All-State and Conference Runner of the Year honors as a junior Also lettered once in basketball.
Sociology major Son of Joyce Gattis and Joseph Gattis, Sr Born 1/15/84 in Durham, North Carolina.