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Marcus Gilchrist
SS #38
Height:
5-10
Weight:
198
Age:
26
College:
Clemson
Hometown:
High Point, N.C.
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2015 PRE):

TCKL
7
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 246 193 53 3.0 0 16 5 69 -- 26 0 3 2
2014 SD 16 16 76 59 17 1.0 -- 5 1 4 4 4 0 2 --
2013 SD 16 16 77 59 18 1.0 -- 5 2 43 21.5 26 0 1 1
2012 SD 16 4 59 48 11 1.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2011 SD 14 4 34 27 7 0.0 -- 4 2 22 11 21 0 0 1

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Bio

Marcus Gilchrist has quietly gone about his business while developing into a young, top-flight NFL safety whose numbers continue to rise. In 2013, Gilchrist started all 16 games at strong safety for the first time in his career and racked up a career-best 84 tackles. He also made a number of big plays throughout the season with two interceptions, a sack, four passes defensed and a forced fumble. 

As a rookie, Gilchrist won the role of nickel back out of training camp and he earned his first start just four games into the season. Not surprisingly, that day’s opponent, the Miami Dolphins, went right after the rookie corner, but Gilchrist intercepted the first pass thrown in his direction and his defense helped the Chargers to a victory. Gilchrist ended up spending the majority of his first two seasons as the team’s nickel-back before taking over at strong safety last year.

Gilchrist came to the Chargers from Clemson University where he was a star among stars. Four of his defensive teammates were selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. According to the Tigers’ coaches though, it was Marcus’ football IQ that made him stand out, along with an impressive showing at the NFL combine where he posted a 38-inch vertical leap and put up 26 bench-press repetitions at 225 pounds, second-most among all defensive backs.

Gilchrist had toughness and discipline instilled at home at an early age from his father, Ronny, a retired United States Marine. Ronny played sports and boxed in the service. He had Marcus doing push-ups and sit-ups at an early age, 200 a day when he started playing youth sports, and more as he got older. Marcus’ mother, LaJeune, was also the daughter of a coach.

One of Gilchrist’s passions is collecting shoes. He owns more than 200 pairs of shoes, including a number of different varieties of Nike’s Air Jordan, named for future NBA Hall of Famer, Michael Jordan.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick (50), April 29, 2011...signed July 28, 2011.

2014: Tied for team high with two passes defensed in 31-0 win over New York Jets Oct. 5...first sack of season Oct. 19 vs. Kansas City...paced secondary with seven tackles, including one for loss, in 13-6 win over Oakland Nov. 16...clinched 27-24 win over St. Louis on Nov. 23 with interception in end zone with 1:03 left in game...big play to force fumble on 1st-and-goal play at Chargers’ own five early in Dec. 20 game at San Francisco...play would later prove huge as it prevented potential score in game Chargers would go on to win, 38-35, in overtime...late in fourth quarter, one-yard tackle for loss on 3rd-and-5 play forced 49ers three-and-out and gave ball back to offense for game-tying touchdown drive...five-yard tackle for loss on first defensive series of game Dec. 28 at Kansas City...then injured elbow on second series and did not return.

2013: Huge play late in 33-30 win at Philadelphia Sept. 15...broke up thirddown pass at one-yard line with 1:58 in fourth quarter to force game-tying field goal and Chargers in-turn drove 51 yards in 1:44 for game-winning field goal... touchdown-saving pass defensed at goal line vs. Dallas’ Jason Witten in 30-21 win Sept. 29...fourth-quarter interception helped clinch 24-6 win at Jacksonville Oct. 20...earlier in game, broke up pass in end zone intended for Marcedes Lewis...interception and 17-yard return Nov. 24 at Kansas City set up touchdown that put Bolts up 24-21 in game they eventually won, 41-38...thirddown, 12-yard sack at Broncos’ two led to three-and-out in second quarter Dec. 12 at Denver...Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing possession for 17-10 lead before eventually winning, 27-20.

2012: Fourth-quarter 11-yard tackle for loss set stage for aborted punt in season opener at Oakland...field goal on ensuing possession gave Bolts 22-6 lead...season-high nine tackles Dec. 2 vs. Cincinnati...first-career sack on 3rd-and-8 in second quarter at Pittsburgh Dec. 9...led to punt and Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing possession to take 10-0 lead en route to first-ever regular-season win in Steel City. 2011: Made first-career start and recorded first NFL interception on first pass thrown in his direction in first quarter Oct. 2 vs. Miami…later broke up pass in end zone in third quarter to prevent touchdown and force field goal try...40-yard return following throwback from Patrick Crayton on punt return Nov. 10 vs. Oakland...sealed Dec. 11 win over Buffalo (37-10) with late fourth-quarter interception.

COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-ACC as senior...won team’s strength training award during Spring prior to senior campaign...started at cornerback as senior and free safety as junior...tied school-record by playing in 53 games... school-record 50 total returns as senior...finished career with 211 tackles, three forced fumbles, one interception, 19 passes defensed, five tackles for loss, one sack and six quarterback pressures...averaged 25.1 yards on kickoff returns and 9.7 yards on punt returns....played at Clemson from 2007-10...management major.

PERSONAL: Born in High Point, N.C....USA Today All-America as senior at Andrews High in High Point...all-state and all-conference as junior...played in 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl as senior and Shrine Bowl as junior...Piedmont-Triad AAA Defensive Player of Year and Scholar-Athlete by North Carolina High School Athletic Association as junior after 10 interceptions and eight touchdowns (four kickoff returns, two punt returns and two interceptions)...four-year letterman and conference player of year in basketball as senior...three-year letterwinner in track...member of state-champion 4x200 team.

Marcus Gilchrist has quietly gone about his business while developing into a young, top-flight NFL safety whose numbers continue to rise. In 2013, Gilchrist started all 16 games at strong safety for the first time in his career and racked up a career-best 84 tackles. He also made a number of big plays throughout the season with two interceptions, a sack, four passes defensed and a forced fumble. 

As a rookie, Gilchrist won the role of nickel back out of training camp and he earned his first start just four games into the season. Not surprisingly, that day’s opponent, the Miami Dolphins, went right after the rookie corner, but Gilchrist intercepted the first pass thrown in his direction and his defense helped the Chargers to a victory. Gilchrist ended up spending the majority of his first two seasons as the team’s nickel-back before taking over at strong safety last year.

Gilchrist came to the Chargers from Clemson University where he was a star among stars. Four of his defensive teammates were selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. According to the Tigers’ coaches though, it was Marcus’ football IQ that made him stand out, along with an impressive showing at the NFL combine where he posted a 38-inch vertical leap and put up 26 bench-press repetitions at 225 pounds, second-most among all defensive backs.

Gilchrist had toughness and discipline instilled at home at an early age from his father, Ronny, a retired United States Marine. Ronny played sports and boxed in the service. He had Marcus doing push-ups and sit-ups at an early age, 200 a day when he started playing youth sports, and more as he got older. Marcus’ mother, LaJeune, was also the daughter of a coach.

One of Gilchrist’s passions is collecting shoes. He owns more than 200 pairs of shoes, including a number of different varieties of Nike’s Air Jordan, named for future NBA Hall of Famer, Michael Jordan.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick (50), April 29, 2011...signed July 28, 2011.

2014: Tied for team high with two passes defensed in 31-0 win over New York Jets Oct. 5...first sack of season Oct. 19 vs. Kansas City...paced secondary with seven tackles, including one for loss, in 13-6 win over Oakland Nov. 16...clinched 27-24 win over St. Louis on Nov. 23 with interception in end zone with 1:03 left in game...big play to force fumble on 1st-and-goal play at Chargers’ own five early in Dec. 20 game at San Francisco...play would later prove huge as it prevented potential score in game Chargers would go on to win, 38-35, in overtime...late in fourth quarter, one-yard tackle for loss on 3rd-and-5 play forced 49ers three-and-out and gave ball back to offense for game-tying touchdown drive...five-yard tackle for loss on first defensive series of game Dec. 28 at Kansas City...then injured elbow on second series and did not return.

2013: Huge play late in 33-30 win at Philadelphia Sept. 15...broke up thirddown pass at one-yard line with 1:58 in fourth quarter to force game-tying field goal and Chargers in-turn drove 51 yards in 1:44 for game-winning field goal... touchdown-saving pass defensed at goal line vs. Dallas’ Jason Witten in 30-21 win Sept. 29...fourth-quarter interception helped clinch 24-6 win at Jacksonville Oct. 20...earlier in game, broke up pass in end zone intended for Marcedes Lewis...interception and 17-yard return Nov. 24 at Kansas City set up touchdown that put Bolts up 24-21 in game they eventually won, 41-38...thirddown, 12-yard sack at Broncos’ two led to three-and-out in second quarter Dec. 12 at Denver...Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing possession for 17-10 lead before eventually winning, 27-20.

2012: Fourth-quarter 11-yard tackle for loss set stage for aborted punt in season opener at Oakland...field goal on ensuing possession gave Bolts 22-6 lead...season-high nine tackles Dec. 2 vs. Cincinnati...first-career sack on 3rd-and-8 in second quarter at Pittsburgh Dec. 9...led to punt and Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing possession to take 10-0 lead en route to first-ever regular-season win in Steel City. 2011: Made first-career start and recorded first NFL interception on first pass thrown in his direction in first quarter Oct. 2 vs. Miami…later broke up pass in end zone in third quarter to prevent touchdown and force field goal try...40-yard return following throwback from Patrick Crayton on punt return Nov. 10 vs. Oakland...sealed Dec. 11 win over Buffalo (37-10) with late fourth-quarter interception.

COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-ACC as senior...won team’s strength training award during Spring prior to senior campaign...started at cornerback as senior and free safety as junior...tied school-record by playing in 53 games... school-record 50 total returns as senior...finished career with 211 tackles, three forced fumbles, one interception, 19 passes defensed, five tackles for loss, one sack and six quarterback pressures...averaged 25.1 yards on kickoff returns and 9.7 yards on punt returns....played at Clemson from 2007-10...management major.

PERSONAL: Born in High Point, N.C....USA Today All-America as senior at Andrews High in High Point...all-state and all-conference as junior...played in 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl as senior and Shrine Bowl as junior...Piedmont-Triad AAA Defensive Player of Year and Scholar-Athlete by North Carolina High School Athletic Association as junior after 10 interceptions and eight touchdowns (four kickoff returns, two punt returns and two interceptions)...four-year letterman and conference player of year in basketball as senior...three-year letterwinner in track...member of state-champion 4x200 team.

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