Signed by Green Bay as an undrafted free agent on May 14, 2021.
Signed by Green Bay as an undrafted free agent on May 14, 2021…Played three seasons (2017-19) at Illinois State, appearing in 37 games with 15 starts…Registered 94 tackles (59 solo), 7½ tackles for a loss, a sack, three interceptions, 13 passes defensed and a forced fumble…Also returned 34 kickoffs for 920 yards and a TD, finishing his career ranked No. 1 in school history with an average of 27.1 yards per kick return…Did not play in 2020 after the Redbirds' fall season was canceled due to COVID-19, but participated in the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl…Started all 15 games as a junior at Illinois State in 2019, helping the Redbirds to a 10-5 overall record and an appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoff semifinals…Ranked No. 4 on the team with 70 tackles (43 solo) and tied for No. 3 with two INTs while adding 5½ tackles for a loss, three QB hurries and seven passes defensed…Brought back 12 kickoffs for a team-leading 286 yards (23.8 avg.) with a long return of 59 yards…Made his first career start at Northern Illinois (Aug. 31), setting a new career high with six tackles (two solo) while adding a half-tackle for a loss and a pass defensed…Recorded six tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed vs. No. 1 North Dakota State (Oct. 5)…Racked up six tackles (five solo), a tackle for a loss, a pass defensed and an INT at Western Illinois (Oct. 19), picking off QB Connor Sampson in the fourth quarter and returning it 32 yards to the WIU 16-yard line…Tied for No. 2 on the team with six tackles (five solo) at No. 4 South Dakota State (Nov. 9) while also breaking up a pass and intercepting QB Keaton Heide late in the first half…Established new career highs and led the team with nine tackles (three solo) and 3½ tackles for a loss at Youngstown State (Nov. 23)…Played in all 11 games as a sophomore in 2018, earning honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors as a return specialist…Ranked No. 1 in the MVFC and No. 17 in the FCS with a 26.1 kickoff return average after bringing back 18 kickoffs for 470 yards…Posted returns of 30-plus yards four times, including 58-yard returns vs. Eastern Illinois (Sept. 8) and vs. Southern Illinois (Oct. 13)…Also saw time on defense in all 11 games, recording 18 tackles (11 solo), two tackles for a loss, a sack, an INT, a forced fumble and six passes defensed…Opened the season with a 12-yard strip-sack of QB Alex Martinez vs. Saint Xavier (Sept. 1), setting up an ISU scoring drive at the SXU 24-yard line…Notched his first career INT at Colorado State (Sept. 22), grabbing a pass from QB Collin Hill at the ISU 28-yard line…Returned four kickoffs for a season-high 114 yards (28.5 avg.) at Indiana State (Nov. 10), including a 50-yard return in the second quarter…Appeared in all 11 games on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2017, totaling six tackles…Also returned four kickoffs on the year for 164 yards (41.0 avg.) and a TD…Made his collegiate debut vs. Butler (Sept. 2), making the first tackle of his career in kickoff coverage…Scored his first career TD on a 100-yard kickoff return in the second quarter at No. 5 South Dakota State (Nov. 11)…Majored in political science…Earned All-Mid-Illini Conference honors and was an all-area selection by the Peoria Journal Star as a senior defensive back at Washington (Ill.) Community High School in 2015…Tallied 40 tackles, five INTs and 1,293 all-purpose yards during his final season, helping the Panthers to an undefeated regular season, a conference title and a berth in the state quarterfinals…Earned All-MIC honors after posting four INTs as a junior in 2014…Also played baseball in high school…Visited nursing homes and volunteered with the local Boys & Girls Clubs and Special Olympics organizations while in college…Worked as a camp counselor while in high school…Given name Christian Nathaniel Uphoff; born in Peoria, Ill.
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