Bilukidi makes GSU history — updated

Christo Bilukidi made Georgia State history Monday night when he became the first former player to appear in an NFL game.

Christo Bilukidi /

Christo Bilukidi /

Bilukidi played defensive end for two years for the Panthers, but has transitioned into a defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him in the sixth round.

Bilukidi, wearing No. 96, came in with the second-teamers and appeared to play well. He was credited with two assisted tackles and it looked like he forced a holding penalty when the Cowboys’ center was flagged.

David Wilson of the Raider Nation Times wrote:

On the defensive side of the ball, the rookie that stood out most to me was Christo Bilukidi at defensive tackle. The Raiders have him listed at 311lbs, but he looks heavier than that to me. What he showed against the Cowboys was not only that he has the strength and technique to anchor vs the run, but that he has some pass rush ability.

He demonstrated that he had the power to collapse the pocket, but also on a several occasions showed the quickness to beat his man with an inside or outside move.

On a couple of plays he did get his pads a little high, but quickly anchored down and was very difficult for the offensive line to move around.

If Dennis Allen and Jason Tarver are looking for a player to man the nose tackle position in some 3-4 fronts, the Bilukidi might just be their guy.

Here’s another write-up that mentions Bilukidi.

Bilukidi isn’t mentioned in this, but here’s a link to the Silver and Black blog done on

“Christo had what appears to have been a disadvantage because he hadn’t been playing football very long,” Georgia State coach Bill Curry said. “But now that will become an advantage. Around here you can see things coalesce in his performance as he learned what full-speed way and chasing the ball all over the field.

“Because he is so smart he will watch the other guys who are cream of the crop, as he is. I think he has a wonderful future in football. More importantly he has a wonderful future as a human being.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

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August 14th, 2012
8:07 am

He played real well. Now its Jake’s turn. We’ve played two seasons. Just wow!


August 14th, 2012
8:23 am

He looked like he belonged out there. Hope the coaches took note!


August 14th, 2012
8:30 am

Great write up. That performance should get coaches attention.


August 14th, 2012
8:51 am

Thanks for the write up Doug. To see Christo do such a great job and to hear him mentioned on the broadcast honestly made me tear up a little. Could not be any prouder of what he has accomplished in such a short time. I will be ordering my #96 jersey today!!


August 14th, 2012
8:53 am

Here is Gruden talking about him on MNF:


August 14th, 2012
8:56 am

Commanding a double team to slow him down just shows what a beast Bilukidi is.

GSU is in Atlanta

August 14th, 2012
8:58 am

This was a really big moment for GSU Football & Athletics as a whole! I hope by the time Oct. 14th rolls around and the Raiders come visit the Dome that he will see some playing time for a homecoming of sorts.


August 14th, 2012
9:00 am

Great feat for the program having only two seasons under its belt. Many more to come! I’m looking at you Albert Wilson!

Red Panther

August 14th, 2012
9:07 am

Only the beginning; only just a start


August 14th, 2012
9:13 am

I see this and am incredibly excited, but were we not able to stop offenses with TWO NFL caliber players on defense? Blerg


August 14th, 2012
9:40 am

Congratulations Christo!

You made this GSU Panther VERY PROUD!

John Thompson

August 14th, 2012
9:44 am

How bad did I have to be to not get more out of this kind of talent?

I hope Ark St doesn’t find out about this.

GSU is in Atlanta

August 14th, 2012
9:45 am

I wonder how good he might have been at GSU if Anthony Midget was his D Coordinator the whole time.

GSU is in Atlanta

August 14th, 2012
9:46 am

Mr. Thompson, it’s ok, go run that defense into the ground and have them unprepared for us next year…Thanks


August 14th, 2012
10:13 am

Woot! Looks like I’m going to be watching the Raiders this season.

Bleed Blue

August 14th, 2012
10:32 am

Never wished more for a defense to get on the field in my life

GSU is in Atlanta

August 14th, 2012
10:46 am

@Bleed Blue, same here, or on top of that to actually want the Cowboys offense to stay on the field

Chicken Bone

August 14th, 2012
11:41 am

@ Tuscon, All I can say is I watched CB53 get double and triple teamed every game in 2010 & 2011. If only we had played a 4/3 defensive scheme we would have seen Christo’s worth. CAM will change the GSU defense for the better! No DOUBT!!! Good luck Arkansas State! lol

@ GSU in Atlanta

August 14th, 2012
1:27 pm

I really don’t know how to rate a DT performance on the field unless they sack, pancake, tackle, or force the QB to hurry up. Does anyone know if he did a good job on the field.


August 14th, 2012
1:31 pm

Keep it up Christo and we will see you playing in reg season.


August 14th, 2012
1:40 pm

2 tackles and forced a holding penalty (likely should have had at least one, possibly two more called on the center). He played with very good leverage and maintained his gap well.

Yes, very good first showing. Next game is Friday night for both he and former Panther Jake Muasau who is with the NY Giants.


August 14th, 2012
3:38 pm

That was a nice debut. Proud to be a Panther!

GSU freshman

August 14th, 2012
4:09 pm

Can we beat the South Carolina State at home opener?


August 14th, 2012
4:26 pm


August 14th, 2012
10:09 pm

Tommy Maddox

August 15th, 2012
1:26 pm

jean claude

August 15th, 2012
2:32 pm

GSU we Christo’s family are very proud of what you accomplish for our son…especially Bill Carry and all the staff of GSU, Coach Chris Ward many thanks from Jean Claude I remember again the time you came down Ottawa to meet our family Thanks again to all fans and Christo’s friends we love you GUYS….GO PANTHERS………..GO RAIDERS…….cheers