Willie Gaston
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    Willie Gaston

    Class:
    RS Senior

    Hometown:
    Houston, Texas

    High School:
    Northshore HS

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 185

    Position:
    Cornerback

    Birthdate:
    12/15/1982

    Experience:
    3L

    One of 10 returning starters on defense... is listed as one of the two starting cornerbacks... one of only nine returning three-year lettermen... has racked up 25 starts in his three-year career... former quarterback who has adjusted to the defensive side of the ball... extremely quick defender who uses offensive mind to make defensive decisions.

    2005: Competed in all 12 games with starts in all but the game at Tulsa... Led the defense with 13 pass breakups, nearly doubling his closest competitor on the team...recorded five tackles and a pass breakup in the season opener against Oregon... made two tackles, broke up a pass and blocked the first Sam Houston State field goal attempt during the Robertson Stadium opener... recorded seven solo tackles with a game-high six pass breakups at UTEP in the C-USA opener... led the team with two pass breakups and added three solo tackles at Mississippi State... posted four tackles, including three solo, with a pass breakup at C-USA rival UCF... posted three solo tackles and a pass breakup against Southern Miss... recorded four tackles and added a 2-yard interception return against Rice during the regular-season finale... rosted four solo tackles in the Fort Worth Bowl versus Kansas...2004: Played in all 11 games including 10 starts... Finished number one among cornerbacks in total tackles with 62... was second to Rocky Schwartz in total stops by a member of the secondary... made six tackles with four solo stops against Rice in the season opener... made six solo tackles and broke up a pass against No. 4 Miami... enjoyed a career day at Memphis... halted the Tigers' opening drive with a tip-toe interception in the back of the end zone and returned another interception 75 yards for a touchdown... was the sixth-longest interception return in school history... made 10 tackles, including eight solo tops, at C-USA rival TCU... returned an interception 18 yards against C-USA rival Tulane... finished with nine tackles, including eight solo stops, against East Carolina during Homecoming... registered five tackles in both games against UAB and Louisville to conclude the season...also had a tackle for loss in the shootout with the Cardinals... 2003: Appeared in all but one game in 2003 with four starts against Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, Army and Louisville... made his first collegiate start at Louisiana-Lafayette... made his first career interception against Mississippi State... halted an MSU drive with a pickoff in the end zone late in the first half against the Bulldogs... broke up a pass against Memphis... made one tackle against 5th-ranked TCU... recorded four tackles with three solo stops and broke up a pass at Army... 2002: Sat out the season to concentrate on academics... was able to practice with the team... High School: Prepped at Northshore High School, one of the top 5A schools in the State of Texas... played quarterback and was 25-3 as a starter... member of the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal State Top 100 lists... ranked #79 in Texas by David Garvin... was also a Dave Campbell's Texas Football Lone Star All-Star Team QB finalist as well as a Dave Campbell's Texas Football 5A Player-of-the-Year finalist... ranked one of the top 10 area QBs by the Houston Chronicle... ranked #37 ATH in nation by Rivals.com... twice named Houston Chronicle Athlete-of-the-Week... selected Second-Team, All-District this past season... two-time Team MVP... threw for 1,515 yards on 77-of-152 attempts for 17 touchdowns... also rushed for 621 yards and seven scores with a 7.6 average... was the highest rated quarterback in his district... Personal: Born December 15, 1982, in Houston, Texas... son of Carol and Levi Gaston, Jr., of Houston... enjoys playing video games in his free time... is the younger brother of former Cougar defensive back, Levi Gaston... majoring in sports administration.

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