Washington State at UCLA - October 28, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
UCLA -- This talented senior enters the 2007 season as one of the top safeties in the nation ... He had an impressive junior season, his first as a starter, and figures to be even more effective this year ... He is a physical player who hits extremely hard ... Also a major contributor on special teams who excels at harassing the punter ... A good open-field tackler.
2006 -- Horton started all 13 of UCLA's games at the strong safety postition and played virtually every defensive snap ... On the year, Horton led the team with 95 tackles and his average of 7.31 tackles per game ranked ninth in the Pac-10 ... He led the team in tackles in four of the last six games (including ties) and six of the last eight ... He was second on the team with three interceptions ... He also tied for third on the squad with two fumbles forced ... He was the defensive winner of the Paul I. Wellman Memorial Award for All-Around Excellence ... Started at strong safety versus Utah and ranked second on the squad with five solo tackles and also broke up one pass ... Against Rice, he made seven tackles, including four solos ... At Washington, he made three tackles (two solos) and an interception ... Against Stanford, he made five tackles, including four solos ... He also recovered a fumble and made his second interception in as many weeks which led to a fourth-quarter Bruin touchdown ... In the win over Arizona, he made six tackles (four solos), including 1.0 tackles for losses ... At Oregon, he made nine tackles (five solos) to tie for the team lead ... At Notre Dame, he made seven tackles (two solos), including 0.5 for loss and also forced a fumble and broke up a pass ... Against Washington State, he tied for the team lead with nine tackles (seven solos), including one for loss and also broke up a pass ... At California, he tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (six solos), including 1.5 for loss ... Against Oregon State, he tied for the team lead with eight tackles (five solos) ... He also had one tackle for loss, broke up one pass and forced a fumble for the second time in the season ... At Arizona State, he led the team with a career-high 12 tackles (10 solos), including 10 in the first half ... In the second quarter with UCLA leading 14-6, ASU had a fourth-and-goal at the Bruin one-yard line, but Horton stuffed the play, giving the ball to the Bruins ... Against USC, he tied for second on the squad with eight tackles (five solos) and combined with Brigham Harwell on a fourth-down stop in the first quarter to set the tone for the defense ... In the Emerald Bowl, he was third on the squad with six tackles (five solos) and made his third interception of the season.
2005 -- Horton suffered a right wrist dislocation in practice on August 17 and underwent surgery the following day ... Horton had the pins removed from the wrist on October 12 and sat out the first six games of the 2005 season ... Returned to action on special teams against Oregon State ... Played on special teams at Stanford and had one tackle assist ... At Arizona, he played on defense (free safety) and special teams and made two tackles ... He came off the bench to make six tackles (five solos) in the win over Arizona State ... He made his first career start against USC and made seven tackles (six solos), including 0.5 for loss ... He also started against Northwestern and was second on the team with 10 tackles (four solos) and broke up one pass ... Saw action on the special teams units for kickoff coverage.
2004 -- Came off the bench to make two tackles against Oklahoma State ... Against Illinois, Horton made seven tackles and a fourth-quarter interception that led to UCLA's final touchdown ... At Washington, he made eight tackles, third on the squad, and one for loss ... Against San Diego State, he made four tackles off the bench ... Against Arizona, he accounted for the first two points of the game when he blocked an Arizona punt out of the end zone ... Also made three tackles and broke up two passes ... At Cal, he made one tackle ... At Arizona State, he made two tackles before leaving the game in the third quarter with a sprained right foot ... He sat out the Stanford, Washington State and Oregon games due to the injury ... He returned to action against USC and blocked a punt in the second quarter ... He also saw action on special teams against Wyoming in the Las Vegas Bowl ... In his nine games (six on defense), he made 27 stops.
2003 -- Did not see action in his first year in the program.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned three varsity letters in football for coach Richard Walker at De La Salle HS in New Orleans, LA ... SuperPrep All-Southwest/Louisiana (No. 24 prospect) ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... Selected to Max Emfinger's Louisiana Super Team ... TheInsiders.com three-star selection ... A two-star selection by rivals.com ... Ranked No. 40 nationally at safety by The Insiders.com ... An All-Metro selection ... District MVP and two-time All-District selection ... Had a career-best of 19 tackles in one game ... Made 117 tackles (86 solos), 21 tackles for loss, including four sacks, in 10 games during his senior season ... Also caused 12 fumbles, recovered four fumbles and blocked seven kicks ... As a junior, he made 105 tackles and two interceptions ... Credited with 97 tackles as a sophomore ... Also lettered two seasons for track coach James Tony.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Christopher D. Horton ... Born: December 29, 1984 in Los Angeles, CA ... Parent: Kim Lewis ... Has one brother, Robert, and two sisters, Latiera and Sade ... Biggest thrill in sports was when, as a seven-year old, his Inglewood, CA team beat Paramount for the championship ... Patterns his style of play after former NFL great Ronnie Lott ... Hobbies include PlayStation and watching old game film ... Director's Honor Roll in Spring 2006 and Winter 2007 ... History major.
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