Hawk-Item – – Joined the team for 2013 spring practice as a transfer from Northern Iowa . . . prepared to play fullback as well during final six games of the 2014 season. Completed career in 2014.
2014 – – Saw action in seven games, but had no statistics . . . saw action on special teams in 48-7 win over Northwestern as defense allowed just 180 yards total offense . . . saw action in 51-14 loss at Minnesota, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 30-14 win at Illinois, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 26-24 loss to No. 14 Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska, recording one KO return for 21 yards . . . saw action in 45-28 TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Tennessee, but had no statistics.
2013 Honors – – Team Leader Award, Special Teams . . . 2013 – – did not see any game action.
At UNI – – played two seasons at Northern Iowa after a redshirt year (2010) . . . played in 10 games in 2012, recording 24 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one blocked kick and one pass break-up . . . played in seven games in 2011, recording one solo tackle.
High school honors – – Named to elite all-state first team as a senior . . . conference defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . first team all-conference as a junior and senior . . . selected to participate in Iowa Shrine Bowl following senior season . . . Career – – team captain as a senior, playing both linebacker and quarterback . . . helped prep team post 9-3 record while participating in state playoffs as a senior . . . set school record with six touchdowns in a single game . . . also lettered in track and field, throwing shot and discus . . . school record holder in discus (176-3).
Personal – – Born 4/10/92 . . . communications studies major . . . parents are Vicki and Kirby Gilson . . . . one of three players from Urbandale on Iowa roster . . . attended same high school as LB Travis Perry . . . high school coach was Sam Anderson.