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Mardy Gilyard
Mardy Gilyard

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bunnell, Fla.

High School:
Flagler Palm Coast

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 187

Position:
WR

Experience:
3L


2008: Named the 2008 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year after a league-high 28.0-yard kickoff return average (11th in the country) and scoring two touchdowns on kickoff returns ... named first-team all-BIG EAST as a wide receiver and on special teams ... earned BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 8 and Nov. 9 ... earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition three times (Sept. 29, Nov. 17, Nov. 30) ... awarded a helmet sticker by ESPN's College Gameday Final crew after his performance at No. 4/4 Oklahoma ... team leader with 11 receiving touchdowns, tying him for sixth place in the single-season school record book ... set a UC single-season record with 1,276 receiving yards (20th in the country) ... ranks third in school history with 11 receiving touchdowns in a season ... averaged a team-high 15.8 yards a catch ... shattered the 28-year old UC school record for single-season kickoff return yards with 897 yards (652, Russell Cooper, 1980) ... against Eastern Kentucky had one kick return for 26 yards and finished the game with 101 yards on six receptions and two touchdowns ... scored a 97-yard touchdown on a kick return at No. 4/4 Oklahoma, snapping UC's 13-year, 145-game streak without a kickoff return for a touchdown ... set a BIG EAST record with 246 yards on kickoff returns and had a school-record 365 all-purpose yards (119 receiving, 246 return yards) at No. 4/4 Oklahoma ... had six catches for 69 yards, one touchdown, and two kick returns for 33 yards against Miami (OH) ... finished the game with two touchdowns against Akron, recording 146 yards on seven catches ... pulled down seven catches for 87 yards and a touchdown at Connecticut, returning four kicks for 76 yards ... pulled down four receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown, and returned two kicks for 42 yards vs. USF ... ran the opening kickoff of the game back 100 yards for a touchdown, tying him with Walter Heuck (vs. Denison, 1910) for the longest TD in school history at West Virginia ... the 100-yard kick return is the 13th 100-yard touchdown return in BIG EAST history and the first since Louisville's Trent Guy ran one back 100 yards on Sept. 15, 2007 against Kentucky ... at Louisville, had five receptions, one touchdown, 73 yards and four kick returns for 109 yards ... had a touchdown, eight receptions, 110 yards and three kick returns for 66 yards against Pittsburgh ... recorded his fifth 100-plus yard receiving game of the season and the seventh of his career, finishing with 11 receptions and 114 yards against Syracuse ... also had three kick returns for 56 yards vs. the Orange ... notched a then-season and career-high 136 receiving yards, including a season-long 69-yard game-winning touchdown catch at Hawai'i ... hauled in seven catches for a season and career-best 158 yards and a touchdown in the FedEx Orange Bowl ... also returned four kickoffs for 97 yards.

2007: Returned to the team as a scholarship player after sitting out the 2006 season because of academic reasons ... started at wide receiver in seven of the 12 games in which he played ... notched a pair of 100-yard receiving games and finished the season third on the team with 36 catches for 536 yards and three touchdowns ... made a splash in the season opener by totaling eight receptions for 134 yards, including a 56-yard score against Southeast Missouri State ... blocked a punt in back-to-back games against Oregon State and at Miami (OH) ... notched a 14-yard catch and a 30-yard punt return vs. Oregon State ... totaled 43 all-purpose yards on two receptions for 10 yards, a 19-yard kickoff return and a 14-yard punt return at Miami (OH) ... tallied four catches for 44 yards vs. Marshall ... finished with five grabs for 97 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown at Rutgers ... registered three receptions for 38 yards against Louisville ... snared three receptions for 100 yards, including a 76-yarder, before the half, at USF ... returned two kickoff s 55 yards vs. West Virginia ... missed the regular season finale due to injury ... returned a combined two kickoff s for 69 yards, including a career-long 42-yarder in the Papajohns.com Bowl.

2006: Redshirted ... winner of the Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

2005: Emerged as a steady contributor in the secondary and on special teams ... became a backup at cornerback ... recorded seven tackles, six solos ... had three tackles, all solos, vs. Pittsburgh ... broke off a 60-yard kick return vs. Miami (OH), his first college return and the longest by a Bearcat since 2002 ... averaged a team-leading 25.1 yards on seven returns.

Flagler Palm Coast High School: First-team Class 5A all-state selection ... helped school to an 8-2 record and a spot in the state playoffs as a senior for coach Steve Allen ... capped his career with over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns ... named MVP of the Florida Coast All-Star Game ... three-time all-league and all-area selection in track and field.

Marshwan Gilyard: Born Dec. 2, 1986 ... son of Addison Morgan and Viola Crudup.

Academic Major: Sociology.