2017 (Redshirt Senior): Started all 13 games at right guard, allowing him to end his career with 46 consecutive starts. App State went 36-10 in those games … Earned his second straight selection to the All-Sun Belt Conference first team as App State became the first Sun Belt program with three offensive linemen honored as first-team choices … Ranked in the preseason as the No. 2 draft-eligible prospect in the Sun Belt by SouthernPigskin.com, Gossett led the Mountaineers with 76 knockdown blocks, including 21 pancakes. During the regular season, earned a grade of 82 percent (plus plays vs. minus plays) from App State’s coaches while posting only six missed assignments in 802 snaps. Allowed no sacks, committed only three penalties, had 68 knockdown blocks and recorded 17 pancake blocks in those 12 games … Became the third App State player picked for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, joining receivers and second-round draft picks Brian Quick (2012 draft) and Dexter Jackson (2008 draft) … App State ranked in the top 20 nationally in sacks allowed and the top 25 in rushing yards per game in each of Gossett’s four seasons as a starter. The Mountaineers ranked No. 2 nationally in 2017 with only eight sacks allowed, and they were 22nd nationally by rushing for 223.6 yards per game. App State rushed for more than 300 yards in each of its last three games, including a 34-0 win against Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl … Blocks by Gossett and right tackle Beau Nunn created a hole for a 58-yard rush by Jalin Moore to set up the touchdown that gave the Mountaineers a 17-7 lead early in the second half of a 31-10 win at Georgia State … Graded out at 87 percent by App State’s coaches with eight knockdown blocks and four pancakes in the bowl shutout of Toledo, which recorded no sacks and allowed the Mountaineers to rush for 327 yards.
2016 (Redshirt Junior): First-team All-Sun Belt selection in 2016...Started all 13 games at right guard (making it 33 straight starts) … Led the team in snaps by starting every game ... Had 50 knockdowns and 13 pancakes, and graded out at 88 percent in allowing one sack on the season ... Paved the way for the No. 1 rushing offense in the Sun Belt/No. 9 nationally with 250.9 ypg and 262.5 ypg in Sun Belt play...App also led the league in passing efficiency ... App averaged 504 yards of total offense over the final five games of the regular season … Helped App rush for 297 yards in the Camellia Bowl win over Toledo, 31-28.
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started and played in all 13 games as one of the stalwarts on the O-line … led the team with 744 snaps played and second with a 78-percent technique grade, 83-percent job grade and 72 knockdowns … produced eight games with a job grade of 80 or higher … recorded a solid performance against one of the top defensive lines in the nation at Clemson, where he played 77 snaps with an 82-percent technique grade and an 88-percent job grade … his 90 snaps at Troy were a season high while tallying 12 knockdowns and coming away with a 81-percent job grade … his 88-percent technique grade against Louisiana was a personal high … notched seven or more games with at least five knockdowns and two contests in double digits … had an all-around performance at ULM with 61 snaps, an 82-percent technique grade and an 89-percent job grade.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in the final eight games of the season and made the last seven starts of the campaign at right guard ... was challenging for starting role from the outset of the season but sustained a lower-body injury that kept him out of action until Game 5 against South Alabama ... played 30 snaps in collegiate debut against USA and earned a 90-percent job grade with two knockdowns ... Appalachian State’s offense flourished when he moved into the starting lineup the following week against Liberty ... in seven games with Gossett in the starting lineup, the Mountaineers averaged 41.9 points, 283.9 rushing yards, 505.9 total yards and just 0.29 sacks allowed per contest ... App State went 6-1 with him in the starting lineup, including a six-game winning streak to close out the season ... earned an 87-percent job grade in a 53-14 win at Troy ... recorded four knockdowns the following week against Georgia State ... collected four more knockdowns in win at Arkansas State ... followed that up by notching a season-high nine knockdowns against Louisiana’s all-conference defensive tackle duo of Christian Ringo and Justin Hamilton in App State’s convincing 35-16 win over the eventual New Orleans Bowl champions ... closed the season with three knockdowns and a 77-percent job grade against Idaho ... finished the season with 25 knockdowns, good for the fourth-highest total on the team despite playing in only eight games.
2013 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … played both offensive tackle and defensive end as a prep standout … earned first-team all-region recognition as an offensive lineman and notched 42 tackles and three sacks defensively as a senior … 2012 Chamber Bowl all-star game participant … coached by Blair Armstrong.
Personal: Full name is Colby William Gossett … born June 23, 1995 (22 years old) … son of Lisa Baldwin … enjoys fishing and hunting … majoring in management.