Chris appeared in all 18 games for the Lions in 2017 serving as the primary kickoff and punt returner. He led the CFL with 1,671 kickoff return yards on 72 attempts and had five returns of 40 yards or more while adding another 690 yards on a league-high 77 punt returns. Chris led the CFL in combined yards for a second consecutive season with 3,181. Chris also continued to give the Lions plenty of offensive punch as well, including 226 yards on 54 rushing attempts with one touchdown and another 494 yards on 51 receptions and five majors. His most impressive outing on the season came in Winnipeg on October 28 when he received his first start at running back and responded with 106 yards on the ground, 89 through the air and 109 more on special teams.
A tremendously productive and exciting season for Chris as he continues to provide fans with plenty to cheer about on both special teams and offence. Leading the league with 2,945 combined yards, Chris also led the CFL with 1,359 kickoff return yards (58 returns) and was third in punt return yards with 942 yards on 68 returns. Both return totals are the second-highest season marks in team history. He also ranked third in both categories with average returns of 23.4 and 13.9 yards respectively. His two punt return touchdowns on the year both came against Calgary with a 72-yard effort in Week 1 and a 95-yard romp on July 29. On offence, Chris chipped in with 309 rushing yards and 252 more as a receiver. A threat to score each time he touches the ball, one of his two rushing majors came on the Lions’ longest run of the year, a 56-yard sprint in Winnipeg on October 8. He also added three more touchdowns through the air. In the postseason, he notched a 30-yard punt return in the Western Semi-Final and also had the longest reception of the game with a 37-yard catch and run. He added a 13-yard major in the Western Final. The lofty numbers earned Chris the team’s nomination as Most Outstanding Special Team Player as well as his first CFL and West Division All-Star selections.
Chris joined the Lions midway through the season and gave the club an immediate special teams jolt. He made his Lions debut in Montreal against his former club on September 3 and helped secure a Lions win with a 39-yard punt return. His highlight game on the year came two weeks later in Calgary when he returned both a kickoff and a punt for identical 103-yard TD’s. Seeing limited time on offence, Chris also added a dazzling 25-yard one-handed catch and juke for a TD versus Hamilton on Oct 23.
Chris played at the University of Florida and appeared in 52 games, compiling 2,464 yards and thirteen touchdowns on 396 rushing attempts and 795 yards and six touchdowns on sixty-nine receptions. During his time with the Gaitors, he was a part of the 2008 SEC Championship team and the 2009 BCS National Championship team. During his college days, he was also part of the 4x100m track team and was an All-American in 2008 (3rd place) and 2010 (1st place).
Chris attended the University of Florida, where he studied Family Youth Community Science. When he isn’t playing football, his hobbies include going to the movie theatre, sleeping, shooting pool, and playing basketball. One interesting fact about Chris is that he wears multiple wrist bands that he never takes off, which he has worn throughout his successes on the football field.