Hawk-Item - - Joined the team for 2013 spring practice as a transfer from Northern Iowa . . . played two seasons at UNI 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.