Was tied for second in the nation with six interceptions on the year with 103 yards in interception returns and one touchdown ... credited with 44 tackles, including 20 solo stops ... returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in the win over UCF ... also has five kick returns for 66 yards and one punt return for 17 yards ... saw action in all 12 games and became the starter in week four (nine starts).
Saw action in all 12 games for the Thundering Herd as a defensive back and a kickoff and punt returner ... recorded 12 punt returns for 164 yards (13.7 yards per return) on the year ... returned a punt for 70 yards to set up a score in the win at UCF and was later named Marshall's special teams player of the week ... returned seven kicks for 131 yards (18.7 yard per kick average) ... credited with 11 total tackles, two for a loss, and one sack for the season ... recorded a season-high five tackles (3 solo) and a pass break up at Tennessee ... recorded a sack in the win at Buffalo.
Saw action in nine games as a reserve defensive back and kick returner to earn his first varsity letter ... recorded eight tackles in the year, including three solo stops against Louisville in the GMAC Bowl ... had eight kickoff returns for 117 yards. Prior to Marshall: Played for coach John Shuman at Fork Union ... played for coach Dennis Randolph at South Lakes ... also lettered three years in track ... posted 3,050 career passing yards over two seasons with 38 touchdown passes ... rushed for 689 yards and 12 scores ... broke school records for passing yards in a game (304 with three TDs), as well as for passing yards in a season (1,600) ... named All-District as a quarterback following his junior and senior years ... was the top ranked quarterback and defensive back in the Northern Region of Virginia and was ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in the state ... led the state in interceptions with eight his senior year ... was selected team captain and was team offensive player of the year ... recorded 47 tackles and 21 knockdowns as a senior ... an All-District performer in track and field, competing in the 200-meter dash, 100-meter dash, triple jump, long jump, high jump, 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, 110 meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles ... was an honor roll student during his senior year.
Full name is Christopher Winmond Royal ... born on Jan.19, 1983 ... son of Pearl Royal ... is the fifth of seven children in his family ... siblings include Levi, Leonard, Dale, Gale, Christina and Eddie ... enjoys drawing, writing, working on cars and playing the piano in his spare time ... his brother Eddie plays football at Virginia Tech ... majoring in political science.