Played in the 2013 Senior Bowl ... Named an All-American by D2Football.com and the Don Hansen Gazette following the season ... Also a first team selection by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference ... Blocked a PAT in the opening game against Montana State ... Was one of the most dominant linemen in Division II during the season and graded out over 90 percent in every game ... Helped block for an offense that averaged over 400 yards of total offense a game and 34 points ... Started every game ... Placed on the USA Football News Preseason All-American First Team ... Also a preseason All-RMAC choice ... "The sky is the limit for Garrett," head coach Jay Long said. "We are really looking for big things from him." ... Has received plenty of interest from NFL teams and several scouts have visited preseason practices ... In the team's conditioning test, he bench pressed 225 pounds more than 30 times.
Started all nine games he played in at left tackle ... He missed the first two games of the season because his appendix burst two hours before the season opener ... He missed the following week but returned in top form against Western State despite playing in much pain ... A consistent blocker who helped lead the Eagles' running backs rush for nearly 150 yards a game ... Chadron State also averaged over 230 yards through the air ... Named to the Beyond Sports Network 2011 Preseason All-American Team, featuring the top players from FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA schools ... Following the season, he worked extensively with former Chadron State great and NFL wide receiver, Don Beebe, on footwork and speed ... Been timed at 5.3 in the 40-yard dash.
Started all 11 games at left tackle and was a big reason why the Eagles fielded two of the top four tailbacks in the RMAC and boasted the third-best rushing offense (200.5 yards/game) in the conference ... The Eagles also had the fourth-highest passing offense (206.8) in the conference ... Was placed on the RMAC All-Conference First Team ... Garrett joined the CSC men's basketball team midway through the season and played a reserve role ... He was a huge fan favorite, though, and played in six games, scoring four points, grabbing four rebounds and most notably, committing eight fouls in 16 minutes.
Played in the final six games, starting two of them - victories over Western New Mexico and Fort Lewis.
Redshirted during his first season at CSC.
A two-year starter at Aurora Christian High School, who helped lead his team to a 12-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals .... He was named to the all-area and all-conference teams for his performance ... Also participated in track, baseball and wrestling ... A straight-A student in high school.
Found out about Chadron State College after talking to his high school football coach, Don Beebe ... He said he was "sold" on the college and its football program after making the 14-hour trip to Chadron ... Majoring in special education ... Son of Cary and Catherine Gilkey ... Has four sisters, Hilary, Hannah, Mallory and Chloe ... Born July 9.
- For Garrett Gilkey, just being at the NFL Scouting Combine is a dream come true and an accomplishment. But he says it's only the beginning of what he expects to be a long ride in the NFL. Gilkey played at Chadron State College as a 6-foot-6, 318-pound tackle, and is projected as a guard by NFLDraftScout.com with a fifth- or sixth-round grade. He did 28 reps in the bench press at the combine Saturday. That he has made it this far is a testimony to perseverance and guts. It all traces back to being an undersized freshman at Sandwich (Ill.) High School and being the brunt of bullies.
"I was undersized and I was actually bullied and ostracized by my entire school and I was booed a few times in front of the entire school. Going into my freshman year, I had a heart operation -- very simple, but it prevented me from playing in any sports and doing anything," Gilkey said. "So, I excelled academically. With that, some of the guys -- especially on the football team and the upper cliques -- distanced (themselves) from me because I wasn't able to do the running in the summer and the workouts. I was booed twice in school. I was constantly bullied, constantly picked on. It was a very hard year.
"Really, I like to tell people that I was just the little redheaded, gingery, skinny-looking (kid). I was pear-shaped. I had these wide hips and this skinny-looking upper body. I was just a prime target for many of the cruel kids in Sandwich." - Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange
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