Chris is a 20-year-old native of Cincinnati where he attended Winton Woods High School. His major at UK is community and leadership development, and he is the son of Kem Gamble. His siblings are Aliyah, Ke’airra, Kelain, Willie and Mikele.
Last year as a sophomore, Chris played in 12 games and had two starting assignments. He was fifth on the team in tackles with 46, and he added 2.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, and one forced fumble. He was primed and ready for a stellar season in 2020 and we miss our brother.
We are honoring Chris each week during our 10-game SEC schedule as different player is chosen to wear Chris’ No. 22 throughout a game.
Fellow linebacker DeAndre Square was the first to wear No. 22 in the season opener vs. Auburn, while Chris’ roommate Keaton Upshaw took the honor in UK’s first home game on Oct. 3 vs. Ole Miss. Linebacker Jamin Davis wore No. 22 vs. Mississippi State and had a career-day while doing so. Wearing No. 22 instead of his usual No. 44, he intercepted a pass in the end zone on the final play of the first half to secure UK’s 14-0 lead at the break. He also recorded his first double-digit tackle game with a career-high 11 stops. Kentucky went on to defeat Mississippi State by 22 points, 24-2.
Linebacker Jordan Wright will wear No. 22 vs. Tennessee.
Other ways we are honoring Chris is by wearing #22OATSSTRONG wristbands to show our support and we conclude each team practice with “22!”
More fun facts about Chris:
· His nickname is "Deuce Deuce"
· Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to be a sports analyst
· Three words to describe him are kind-hearted, hardworking, and determined
· One thing people might not know is he likes to play the piano
Thank you for the support of our teammate/brother/friend, Chris Oats. We love you, Deuce Deuce!
- Karen Nelson
- Stephen Lemp
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