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Coastal Carolina's Gallagher to get NFL chance, Makonzo picked 4th in CFL Draft

Two more former Coastal Carolina football players have received opportunities to play professional ball.

Linebacker Teddy Gallagher signed an undrafted free agent deal to attend the Carolina Panthers’ mini-camp, and spur Enock Makonzo was taken fourth overall in the Canadian Football League (CFL) Draft by the Edmonton Elks on May 3.

Gallagher and Makonzo join 10 other Chants that received opportunities to play professionally, bringing the total to 12, which is a school record.

Tight end Isaiah Likely was taken in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens and bandit Jeffrey Gunter was selected in the seventh round by the Cincinnati Bengals on April 30.

Wide receiver Jaivon Heiligh and running back Shermari Jones signed with the Bengals as undrafted free agents, while linebacker Silas Kelly joined the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent.

Along with Gallagher, five other Chants received NFL mini-camp invitations, including wide receiver Kameron Brown (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), cornerback Derick Bush (Chicago Bears), safety Alex Spillum (Green Bay Packers), defensive tackle C.J. Brewer (New York Jets) and spur Kendricks Gladney Jr. (Los Angeles Chargers).

A three-time All-Sun Belt honoree, earning third-team accolades in both 2019 and 2020, as well as honorable mention honors in 2021, Gallagher saw action in 48 games in his four seasons at CCU. He totaled 306 tackles, including 151 solo stops and 155 assisted tackles, while also tallying 23.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks. He also added two pass breakups, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries at CCU.

With his 306 career tackles as a Chant, he became just the fourth CCU player in program history to eclipse the 300-career tackle mark, following right behind his teammate Kelly.

His 306 career tackles rank fourth all-time, while his 155 assisted tackles and 151 solo stops rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in CCU’s career record books. Gallagher’s 23.5 tackles-for-loss rank 11th all-time, while his 15 tackles at Georgia Southern in 2019 were the most by a Chant in a single game since 2014.

In his final college season in 2020, Gallagher, nicknamed “The Mayor," was second on the team with 89 total tackles and matched Kelly for the team lead with 40 solo tackles. He also had 9.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery on the season.

Makonzo, a native of Lachine, Quebec, Canada, is fittingly the first Chant to ever be selected in a CFL Draft.

In his three seasons at CCU, Makonzo was twice named All-Sun Belt honorable mention and recognized last season by earning a spot on the 2021 Pro Football Focus College Football All-Sun Belt first team.

Despite seeing his first season with the Chants in 2019 cut short by a season-ending knee injury just two games in, the spur linebacker played in 27 games in three years at CCU, seeing time on the “Black Swarm” defense and special teams.

He finished his CCU career with 150 total tackles, including 79 solo stops and 71 assisted tackles, 21.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, one pass breakup, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

As a redshirt senior in 2021, Makonzo was third on the team in total tackles with 71.0, third in solo tackles with 30, and third in assisted tackles with 41. He was tied for second in tackles-for-loss with 10.0 and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles.

The Canadian closed out his college career by matching his career-high with 11 tackles and one tackle-for-loss in the 2021 Tailgreeter Cure Bowl win over Northern Illinois.

Makonzo joined the CCU program after two seasons at the New Mexico Military Institute where he was second-team All-SWJCFC in 2018 as a sophomore and named one of 35 safeties to watch nationally in the NJCAA by JCGridiron.com.

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