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Chris Ellison Athlete Profile

#4 Chris Ellison

Position: Defensive Back Height: 5-10 Weight: 185 Roster Years: 1996-1998 Hometown: Inglewood, CA Last School: El Camino Junior College


Born 2/19/76 in Los Angeles...parents are Charles Ellison and Judy Reiser...roommate of quarterback Steve Sarkisian at El Camino Junior College...recruited by UCLA, Oregon, and San Diego St.,...graduated last April in sociology.

Before BYU

Three-year letterman in football and basketball...named first team all-state and team MVP at Culver City High in football and basketball...played running back and safety.

Other College

Played two years at El Camino Junior College...well known as a big hitter...named all-conference, all-state, team MVP, and All-American as a safety.

1996 | Junior Year

65-yard TD from a pass interception and 15 tackles vs. UTEP to earn coaches' player of the game and WAC Defensive Player of the Week...had eight tackles and a fumble caused vs. Texas A & M...had 10 tackles at Washington...had three unassisted tackles, a fumble caused and a pass deflection vs. SMU...had seven tackles at Utah St.,...had seven tackles, one fumble caused and a pass deflection vs. UNLV...had three pass deflections at Tulsa...had six unassisted tackles, six tackles and a pass deflection at TCU...had a sack at Hawai`i...had eight tackles and a QB hurry at Utah...had a pass interception and 10 tackles vs. Wyoming.

1997 | Medical Redshirt Year

Injured in the first quarter of the Washington game and was granted a medical redshirt...had ACL surgery.

1998 | Senior Year

Honorable Mention All-WAC selection...started 2 games for the Cougars at strong safety...named coaches' outstanding defensive back vs. UNLV, at UTEP and at Utah...recorded eight tackles at Utah, including a pair of resounding hits on Ute receivers...picked off a Johnathon Crosswhite pass in the third quarter of the Utah game to stuff a Ute drive deep in BYU territory...finished the year second on the team in tackles with 86.