A key component of a rebuilding Colorado Buffaloes defense, Gillam (6-3, 225) distinguished himself in 2013 by being earning multiple freshman All-American honors after being the first freshman (true freshman, in fact) to ever lead the Buffaloes in tackles. When the dust had settled, Gillam would earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 accolades and become a lynchpin for the work being done to resurrect Colorado’s defense for 2014.
Gillam was named a PrepStar All-Far West selection at linebacker his senior year at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, Calif. In his final high school season, he recorded 74 tackles, eight for loss, and got two quarterback sacks and two interceptions. He was also a member of Foothill’s basketball team and was a sprinter on the track and field team, running a leg on Foothill’s 4x100 relay that set a school record and qualified for the state championships.
Arrived on campus as a true freshman in 2013 and immediately made an impact. Played in 12 games and started from the outset, opening the season with a 14-tackle game against Colorado State, which included two tackles for loss and a sack. When the season was done, he’d recorded 119 total tackles (79 solo), 10 tackles for loss and three sacks.
He will be one of the unquestioned leaders of the Colorado defense as a true sophomore in 2014.
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