One of the most dynamic defensive linemen in the country ... Outland Trophy candidate ... Nagurski Trophy candidate ... Chuck Bednarik Award candidate ... Lombardi Award candidate ... Hendricks Award candidate ... preseason first-team All-American.
HONORS: 2006--Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference ... finalist for the Dudley Award as the most outstanding player in the state of Virginia ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and the Roanoke Times ... received the Ned McDonald Award as UVa's outstanding defensive player (team award), the Colonel F.C. McCue Award as UVa's outstanding interior lineman (team award) and the Joe Palumbo Award for self-sacrifice, dedication and enthusiasm (team award).
AT VIRGINIA: 2006-Had a tremendous campaign ... earned second-team All-ACC honors ... voted team captain despite being just a junior ... started all 12 games at defensive end ... fourth on the team with 57 tackles despite being double-teamed on virtually every play ... finished fourth among ACC defensive linemen with 4.8 tackles per game ... led UVa with 12 tackles for loss and 21 quarterback pressures ... finished the year with four sacks ... helped UVa finish 20th in overall defense, allowing just 289.5 yards per game, the lowest by a Cavalier defense since 1979 ... had season-high three TFL at East Carolina ... had 10 tackles vs. Western Michigan and nine vs. East Carolina ... played on 715 snaps, third-highest total on the defense ... received three awards at the team's annual awards banquet--Ned McDonald Award as UVa's top defensive player, the Colonel F.C. McCue Award as team's outstanding interior lineman and the Joe Palumbo Award honoring UVa player for self-sacrifice, dedication and enthusiasm ... first-team all-state by the Virginia Sports Information Directors and the Roanoke Times ... finalist for the Dudley Award, presented to top player in the state of Virginia ... lettered for the third time. 2005-Had a very productive season in his first year as a starter ... started every game ...got better by being matched up against All-American D'Brickashaw Ferguson during training camp and practice ... second among the team's defensive linemen in tackling with an average of 3.8 tpg ... made 10 tackles for loss, nearly a quarter of his tackles ... had at least four tackles on six occasions ... 26 quarterback hurries were by far the most on the team ... shared the team lead with Marcus Hamilton with seven pass break ups ... made seven tackles in his first start against Western Michigan with three coming in the backfield ... no UVa defensive lineman has had more than seven tackles in his first start since 1987 ...three tackles, a pass break up and five pressures vs. Syracuse ... four tackles, including two for loss, against Duke ...six tackles, two for loss and a sack, against North Carolina ...his only tackle in the win over Temple was a sack ... had an outstanding game in a big win over Georgia Tech ... finished with three tackles and made life difficult for quarterback Reggie Ball with 10 quarterback pressures ...five tackles against Virginia Tech ... was dominating, particularly in the second half, in the Music City Bowl win over Minnesota ...made a career-high nine tackles, including one in the backfield ... lettered. 2004--Promising lineman who provided valuable depth along the defensive line ...played in six games overall ...saw limited action in the first three games before missing five games in the middle of the season due to illness ... saw action in the nickel package upon his return in November ...five tackles, but two were for loss ... had one sack ...made his first career tackle in the North Carolina game ... had another the next week vs. Akron before being sidelined for five games ...recorded his first tackle for loss in his return game against Miami ...made two tackles, including his first sack, in a road win over Georgia Tech ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: Star on both the offensive and defensive lines at state champion St. Anne's-Belfield School, where he was coached by John Blake ... had his jersey retired ... SuperPrep All-American ... PrepStar All-American ... No. 74 on Tom Lemming's list of the top recruits in the nation ... 4-star player by Rivals.com and 3-stars by TheInsiders.com ... No. 6 Strongside Defensive End in the nation according to Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 8 defensive end by Tom Lemming and No. 11 by Collegefootballnews.com ... the No. 20 defensive tackle by TheInsiders.com ... No. 26 on SuperPrep's list of the top defensive linemen in the country ... No. 19 player on TheInsiders.com's Atlantic Hot 100 list and 24th on the Atlantic East Amazing 80 by Rivals.com ... honorable mention All-South by the Orlando Sentinel ... 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia ... rated as the second-best player in Virginia by the Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List," No. 3 by the Roanoke Times and No. 4 by SuperPrep and Rivals.com ... three-time first-team All-State selection on both offense and defense ... Central Virginia Defensive Player of the Year by the Daily Progress as a senior ... three-time first-team All-Central Virginia defensive lineman by the Charlottesville Daily Progress ... earned first-team All-Central Virginia honors his senior season as an offensive lineman as well ... conference Defensive Player of the Year his final two seasons ... was in on 91 tackles, including 44 solo tackles, as a senior to help lead his team to an undefeated season and the state championship ... had 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks that season ... recorded 72 pancake blocks on offense ... Student Sports Junior All-American in 2002 ... had 85 tackles as a junior with 12 sacks and more than 20 tackles for loss ... three-time first-team All-Conference ... finished his career with 43 sacks and 66 tackles for loss ... also played basketball, lacrosse, and baseball during his high school career ... won the 2003 YMCA Slam Dunk Contest for high school students.
PERSONAL: Christopher Howard Long ... born 3-28-85 in Santa Monica, Calif. ... son of Diane and Howie Long ... has two younger brothers, Kyle and Howie ... father was an All-American defensive end at Villanova and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1981 ... he played in the NFL for 13 seasons and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame following seven Pro Bowl appearances, two defensive player of the year awards, and a Super Bowl ring ... sociology major.