56  Chris Atkins
Chris Atkins

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Chattahoochee, Fla.

High School:
West Gadsden

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 242

Position:
Defensive Line

Experience:
SQ


Will enter sophomore campaign vying for a position on the unit's talented depth chart after experiencing limited action as a redshirt freshman a year ago ... Expected to separate himself from scout team role that has mostly defined his early ECU career ... Posted three stops during first spring scrimmage (3/28) before adding a single tackle week later (4/4) ... Was not credited with a hit during weather-shortened Purple-Gold Game (4/12).

2007: Experienced action in four games, all coming in a reserve role ... Made collegiate debut against UCF before recording first pair of tackles against UAB ... Contributed strong and notable efforts as member of the defensive scout unit in 2006 ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): DNP-CD ... vs. UNC (9/8): DNP-CD ... vs. USM (9/15): DNP-CD ... vs. WVU (9/22): DNP CD ... vs. Houston (9/29): DNP-CD ... vs. UCF (10/6): Saw first collegiate action as a member of the defensive line - no stats ... vs. UTEP (10/13): DNP-CD ... vs. N.C. State (10/20): Came off the bench for limited action - no stats ... vs. UAB (10/27): Experience first significant action on line, recording two tackles (solo) ... vs. Memphis (11/3): DNP-CD ... vs. Marshall (11/10): DNP-CD ... vs. Tulane (11/24): Experienced action in a reserve role on the defensive line - no stats ... vs. Boise State (12/23): DNP-CD.

2006: Redshirted ... Signed with the ECU program in February, 2006.

High School: Finished prep career at West Gadsden with 311 total tackles ... A three-sport standout who earned four football letters, three in basketball and one in baseball ... Elected team captain as a senior ... Credited with exactly 100 tackles, 11 sacks and 27 tackles for lost yardage in 2005 ... Produced top numbers as a junior, totaling 108 stops, 34 coming behind the line of scrimmage ... Also topped the Panthers with 15 sacks in 2004 ... Recorded 20 tackles, three sacks, a blocked punt and scored a touchdown during prep game in 2004 ... Opened high school career by making 45 tackles, 5.5 sacks and six TFLs as a freshman ... Followed up rookie year with a 58-tackle, eight-sack and 12-TFL campaign as a sophomore in 2003 ... A four-time selection to West Gadsden's A-B Honor Roll for work in the classroom ... Coach was Robert Jackson.

Personal: Full name is Christopher L. Atkins ... Born March 13, 1987 at Quincy, Fla. ... A family community services major ... Says teammates and coaches don't know about his love of cooking ... Also lists video games as hobby ... Picks Mike Golden's strength and conditioning program as his favorite element of ECU football ... Favorite all-time Pirate player is David Garrard.