|High School:||Lynden HS '09|
2011: Listed as a starter at left defensive end on preseason depth chart.
2010: He played in 13 games, including eight as a starter, as a redshirt freshman. The first start of his career came against Weber State (10/2/10) and he started the final six games of the year, including all four games in the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs. He came up with one of the biggest plays in the playoffs with a forced fumbled that led to a 15-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Tyler Washburn in the semifinals against Villanova (12/17/10). His big play helped EWU take a 34-24 lead with 13:56 left in the game before winning by a 41-31 margin. He also had a season-high six tackles in the quarterfinals against North Dakota State (12/11/10). Both of his sacks also came in the playoffs, as he registered a sack in the first round against Southeast Missouri State (12/4/10) and was credited with a half-sack against both Villanova and Delaware (1/7/11). He finished with a pair of tackles as EWU came from behind to defeat Delaware 20-19 and win the NCAA Division I title. He helped the Eagle defense rank first nationally in interceptions (total of 26) and turnovers gained (47), and finish sixth nationally in red zone defense, as it allowed just 38 scores in 58 opponent trips inside the Eagle 20-yard line.
HS: Graduated from Lynden HS in 2009. Played three seasons for a Lynden team that was a collective 35-6 and won a pair of State 2A titles and advanced to the semifinals the other season. As a senior, he was selected by Associated Press as a 2A All-State first-team selection as a defensive lineman. Named by the Seattle Times as a “Red Chip” selection as one of the top 22 prospects in the state of Washington. In addition, he was a member of Ron Siegel’s 31-member preseason All-State squad. A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection as a defensive lineman, he helped Lynden win the State 2A title with a 35-34 victory over Prosser. In the title game, Gaylord rushed for 76 yards and scored twice as the Lions rallied from a 15-point deficit to win their 10th-straight game after a 2-2 start. For his efforts, he was selected as the WIAA/SeattleTimes 2A Athlete of the Week. In a 21-12 victory in the semifinals over previously undefeated Archbishop Murphy, he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and threw for an 80-yard score on the game’s first play. Lynden finished the season 12-2, including four playoff wins. He finished the season with 885 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 167 carries as he finished his three-year career with 1,259 yards. He also caught 23 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns as a senior, and completed 2-of-3 passes for 86 yards. As a junior, Lynden was 10-3 and advanced to the semifinals, and as a sophomore the Lions were 13-1 and won the state title. He was the team’s backup quarterback all three seasons, while also playing as a running back, wide receiver, defensive end and outside linebacker. He had 53 tackles (11 for loss), six sacks and seven passes broken up as a junior. He also rushed for 252 yards and 11 touchdowns, caught 14 passes for 114 yards and three scores and completed 8-of-9 passes for 111 yards and three TDs in 2007. His Eagle teammate Ryan Seto (’10) also attended Lynden.
Personal: Born 6/18/91 in Puyallup, Wash. Outdoor recreation major.
Year GP TT Hi S TL-Yds FF-FR PBU I-Yds
2010 13 26 6 2 6-16 1-1 2 0-0
Blocked Kicks: 2010/2.