#36 Chase Garnham
• 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List
• 2013 SEC Player of the Week (Nov. 23)
After being voted as a defensive co-captain in the preseason, Garnham exhibited leadership traits by working to rehab a significant injury and return for the closing games… Garnham started the opener against Ole Miss, then was sidelined nearly two months before returning to contribute in all four of the team[apos]s November victories and the BBVA Compass Bowl against Houston… Posted starts in all six games he played at middle linebacker… Ended the season with 24 total tackles… Contributed a tremendous effort in Vanderbilt[apos]s 14-10 victory at Tennessee, matching a career high with 10 total tackles… The effort earned Garnham SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors, his first recognition from the conference… In his final regular season game, Garnham registered his first career interception… Garnham also played well in the bowl victory, contributing five solo tackles, forced fumble and tackle for loss.
Garnham has started all 13 games at middle linebacker for the Commodore defense in 2012… Set several career single-season highs, including 43 solo tackles and 84 total tackles… Topped the team with seven quarterback sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss… Ranked among SEC linebacker leaders in both sack and tackle for loss categories… Forced a forced fumble in Vanderbilt[apos]s win at Ole Miss… Tied a career-high with 10 total tackles in a blowout win versus Tennessee… Played arguably his finest game of the season in team[apos]s victory over Auburn, contributing career-high three sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss… Was superb in team[apos]s Music City Bowl victory over North Carolina State, posting seven-tackle performance that included 13-yard sack.
Injury derailed Garnham from putting together a truly special campaign as a sophomore defensive starter… Started the first seven games, season finale and AutoZone Liberty Bowl at OLB… Missed three full games and portions of two more with the injury… Finished as Commodores[apos] sixth leading tackler with 51 total tackles… Also contributed 30 solo tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two QB sacks, a forced fumble and QB hurry… Was playing best football of his career when sidelined in Army game… Matched single-game high in tackles (10) against South Carolina and Alabama… Also had nine tackles vs. Georgia… Single-game high in solo stops (8) came at Carolina… Played well in Liberty Bowl, producing seven tackles and a QB sack… Contributed tackle for loss in five straight early-season games… Had sack and forced fumble in win over Connecticut.
Garnham was the only true freshman linebacker to see action for the Commodores… Played in all 12 games as reserve LB and special teams contributor… Concluded season with eight total tackles, including one against Florida that resulted in loss of yardage… Posted pair of solo tackles against Kentucky.
Team captain as senior… Three-year defensive starter… Started at safety as sophomore and junior, moving to linebacker as senior, helping 2009 squad to 11-1 record and second round of 6A playoffs… Two-time All-Area recipient… As senior, topped Fairhope with 135 total tackles, six QB sacks, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and an interception… As junior safety, contributed 102 total tackles, two interceptions and five sacks… High academic achiever and member of National Honor Society.
Charles Keaton Garnham… Son of Lisa Garnham… Born Aug. 26, 1991 near Atlanta… An older sister, Caroline, is senior at University of South Alabama… Mom is kindergarten teacher… Enjoys various water sports and playing basketball… Working toward degree in Human and Organizational Development.