85 Zach Gehring
85 Zach Gehring
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Castle Rock, Wash.
High School: Castle Rock HS '09
Position: TE
Experience: HS*

HS: Graduated from Castle Rock HS in 2009. Selected to play in the 2A/1A/2B/1B East-West All-State Game. He caught a team-high four passes for 91 yards in the West's 31-13 victory. The son of a pair of former Eastern student-athletes, he was the MVP of the 1A Trico League as a senior. He was also the league's Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team All-Trico selection as a tight end. He had 125 tackles with six sacks on defense, and scored 17 touchdowns on offense with 550 receiving yards and 250 rushing. Gehring helped lead Castle Rock to a 10-2 record, including a 34-21 victory over Orting in the first round of the State 1A Playoffs. Castle Rock fell 35-12 to eventual 1A runner-up Cascade Christian in the quarterfinals. As a junior, he earned first team All-Area honors as a wide receiver from the Longview Daily News. He had 42 receptions for 631 yards and three touchdowns in 2007 and also earned all-league honors as a sophomore receiver. He played basketball as well, and as a junior earned first team All-Trico honors and was MVP of the Seaside Holiday Classic. He also played baseball as his Castle Rock teams appeared at the State 1A tournaments in all three sports he competed in, including four appearances in football. His father, Mark Gehring, was a backup tight end at Eastern (1984-85) and went on to play in the NFL with San Francisco, Minnesota, Washington and Houston (Oilers).

Personal: Born 10/23/90 in Longview, Wash. Will turn 19 the day before Eastern plays Montana State. His mother, Kristy King (formerly Cristy Cochran when she played basketball at EWU from 1983-86) was a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection (Mountain West Conference at the time) in 1986. A 6-foot-1 post player, Cochran had 706 rebounds to currently rank eighth in school history. Zack's brother Aaron is currently a tight end at Washington State. Is considering physical therapy as his major. Name is pronounced "gare-ing."

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