Gilchrist second Tiger taken in NFL draft


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Clemson defensive back Marcus GilchristMarcus Gilchrist
Defensive Back
#12 5-11, 190
High Point, NC

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was the second Clemson player
off the board Friday evening when the San Diego Chargers selected
him with the 50th overall pick (second round) in the 2011 NFL Draft.


Gilchrist had 66 tackles to rank fourth on the team and he also led
the team in punt returns and kickoff returns in 2010.


He started every game for the Tigers over the past two seasons,
playing safety, cornerback and nickel back, and his versatility and
smarts were coveted by many teams.


During his stellar Clemson career, he had 211 tackles, five tackles
for loss, a sack, an interception, 19 pass breakups, three caused
fumbles, two recovered fumbles, 804 yards on 32 kickoff returns, and
261 yards on 27 punt returns in 2,103 snaps over a school-record-tying
53 games (28 starts).


His 804 kickoff return yards were eighth-most in school history. He
also started each of the last 27 games.

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