Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2018)
Junior Christian Gaylord enters the 2018 campaign with intentions of competing for extensive playing time on the Husker offensive line. Gaylord has added depth at tackle the past two seasons, appearing in a total of 23 games, primarily as a member of Nebraska’s kicking units.
This spring the Kansas native saw action with the top offensive unit at tackle, and has the versatility to play both the left and right tackle spots. Gaylord is expected to compete with sophomores Matt Farniok and Brenden Jaimes for playing time.
Gaylord appeared in 10 games for the Huskers as a sophomore, working his way into the offensive line rotation in addition to his work on Nebraska’s punt shield, field goal and PAT units. Offensively, Gaylord helped Nebraska rank second in the Big Ten in passing (277.5 yards per game) and throw for the fifth-most yards in school history (3,330). On special teams, his blocking helped Caleb Lightbourn rank sixth in the league in punting, and the Huskers allowed only one blocked kick on the season to rank 27th nationally in that category.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Gaylord added depth at offensive tackle, and played in all 13 games as a blocker on Nebraska's place-kicking unit.
Gaylord redshirted and worked on the scout team in his first year at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Baldwin HS)
Gaylord was regarded as one of the nation's top offensive tackle prospects following his prep career at Baldwin High School. Gaylord was a standout on both sides of the line for Coach Mike Berg. Gaylord helped Baldwin High to a 6-4 record and a trip to the first round of the 2014 Class 4A state playoffs. Gaylord helped pave the way for Baldwin to rush for nearly 2,900 yards, averaging nearly six yards per carry. On defense, he made 47 tackles and had two sacks.
Gaylord was a first-team Class 4A all-state pick by VarsityKansas.com, was named to the Lawrence Journal-World's All-Area team and was an All-Simone Team selection. Gaylord also earned All-Frontier League honors on both sides of the ball.
Gaylord's play as a junior helped Baldwin to an 11-1 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. Gaylord earned Class 4A all-state honors as an offensive lineman for his play ,and he was also a member of the prestigious All-Simone team.
Baldwin High posted a 7-4 record and lost in the second round of the state playoffs in 2012, as Gaylord earned all-conference honors during his sophomore season. Gaylord also started for the Baldwin High varsity as a freshman.
Gaylord was ranked as the top prospect in Kansas by 247Sports and the No. 2 player in the state by Rivals.com. He was regarded as one of the top 50 offensive tackles in the country by all major recruiting services. Gaylord played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Texas in December. Gaylord was also a standout for the Baldwin High basketball team, averaging 19.0 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior.
Gaylord committed to Nebraska prior to 2014 National Signing Day and only visited Nebraska. He had numerous offers including Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
Christian was born on Dec. 19, 1996, and is the son of Scott and Holly Gaylord. He is a communication studies major. He was named to the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2016 and 2018 for his outreach work, including Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race, Backpack Food distribution, Link-N Leaders and several school and hospital visits.