Junior who is listed on the second-team unit at the strong safety position entering the spring... has seen extensive action over the past two campaigns... has appeared in 24 games making nine starts... credited with 51 tackles and one interception.
2014: Sophomore safety who played in 12 games, starting three... collected 22 tackles... was the starter at free safety in the season opener against Texas A&M... recorded a career-best six stops, including three solo tackles in that contest... also made the start against Missouri and Florida... tied a career best with six tackles versus Tennessee.
2013: Redshirt freshman who played in 12 games, making six starts including each of the final five contests... logged 29 tackles, including 20 solo stops... credited with a half tackle for loss at Georgia... began to see more duty in the win over Kentucky and responded with four solo tackles... earned his first start in the win at Arkansas... responded with four tackles and a fumble recovery... suffered a concussion late in that contest and missed the Tennessee game... intercepted a pass against Mississippi State.
2012: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Logged 83 tackles with two interceptions as a senior defensive back at Banneker High School in College Park, Ga., graduating in 2012... coached by Marquis Slaton... team finished 6-4 in his senior season... played in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. following his senior season... named to the AJC All-District team... named one of Fulton County's "Fantastic Four"... was a four-star prospect, the 15th-best safety and the 22nd-best player in Georgia by Rivals.com... was a three-star prospect and the nation's 45th-best safety by Scout.com... a four-star recruit, the nation's 123rd-best player, the fifth-best safety and the 13th-best player in the state according to ESPN.com... a four-star recruit, the 227th-best player in the country, the 13th-best safety and the 19th-best player in Georgia by 247Sports.com... the PrepStar All-American selected South Carolina over Georgia, Vanderbilt and Arkansas among others... Banneker High School also produced former Gamecocks Ladi Ajiboye and Carlos Thomas.
PERSONAL: Chaz Elder was born April 11, 1994... is a sport and entertainment management major.