Gildon Set to Return to TCU

Deryck Gildon was expected to be a key contributor in 2012 but unfortunately, that never happened. He's bounced back after a stint at a Mississippi Junior College and will return to TCU for the 2013 season.

When Deryck Gildon left the program after last season, it was a tough pill to swallow for TCU. The 6'2" 235 pound LB out of Arlington Martin was a key contributor in 2011 and was expected to be a leader on the defensive side of the ball in 2012 for the Horned Frogs. Most players that leave the program never make their way back but this story has a happy ending. caught up with Gildon this morning and he talked about his return home to play for his beloved Frogs.

"Yes sir" responded Gildon. "It's true, I'm coming back".

With those few words, Horned Frog fans everywhere can get excited about seeing the talented linebacker back in uniform for the Frogs. Gildon, coming off of an injury, says he should be ready to go when spring practice rolls around.

"Right now I'm dealing with a torn meniscus" he said. "I haven't had surgery on it yet; I plan on having surgery November 16th. The recovery is usually about 4-6 weeks."

After coming to TCU as a highly sought after prospect, Gildon was forced to take the scenic route to continue his collegiate career at TCU. Academic problems forced him to leave the program after last year and he headed to Itawamba Community College in Mississippi to get things back in order.

While some students fall from grace academically because they aren't going to class or they just aren't making the grades, Gildon's issue had more to do with taking on too heavy of a course load in pursuit of a difficult degree. No matter the reason, missing out on this season with TCU and being forced to play college football in the middle of nowhere Mississippi has given Gildon a new perspective.

"It's a real big difference being out here in Fulton, Mississippi" he said. "The population is about 3,000 people and there's not really anything to do out here except go to class and go to practice and work out. It's been a real eye opener, that's for sure."

While Gildon has been able to get his academics in order, he says it was really hard leaving his teammates at TCU. He feels like he let them down and he wants to make up for it.

"It was really hard for me to leave, I didn't want to" said Gildon. "I didn't want to leave them hanging like that because I know me being there would have helped them out a lot at linebacker."

"Being able to come back; I'm really humbled that I'm actually able to come back."

While Gildon says the coaching staff hasn't told him what his role will be when he returns, he says he's ready to work to earn playing time again.

"I'm just assuming that I'm going to have to fight for a spot just like anybody else would" he said. "I don't expect to be treated like I should have a spot already or anything like that, I'm just ready to come back and work for my position."

With the right attitude in place and the mentality that he'll have to come in and work to get back on the field, Gildon is headed in the right direction. He says that he wants the fans to know something about what they can expect upon his return.

"When I get back there, they're going to see a changed person in me" he said. "I'll be working hard every day because I know what it's like not to be there and what it's like to go through a downfall and pick yourself back up and get your feet back underneath you."

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