Cliffton Gordon
Cliffton Gordon


Chicago Heights, Ill.

High School:
Marian Catholic

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 220




No. 14 Redbirds Fall in Double Overtime to No. 4 Northern Iowa

Redbirds await playoff fate, which will be determined Sunday morning.


No. 14 ISU Hosts No. 4 UNI on Senior Day

The Redbirds will be looking to finish the regular season undefeated at home.


Time, Place Changed For Final Brock Spack Show

The final Brock Spack Show will be moved to the Legends Room inside Redbird Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m.


Weekly Press Conference Streaming Live Tuesday

ISU junior linebacker Austin Davis and senior running back Cliffton Gordon will join the press conference.


Redbirds Beat Southern Illinois for Fourth-Straight Win

Illinois State defense holds SIU to 73 rushing yards.


WJBC Recap ISU vs Northern Iowa

WJBC Recap vs Northern Iowa


WJBC Redbird Recap ISU vs. Western Illinois


Weekly Press Conference


Redbird Xtra | Running Backs features a positional breakdown of the running backs during the 2010 Redbird football fall camp.

2011: Played in all 11 games as a running back and started against Western Illinois ... was the team's second-leading rusher with 406 yards on 109 carries and scored four touchdowns on the ground ... also caught five passes for 19 yards ... scored one touchdown in each of the team's final three games of the season ... had a season-best 50-yard run at Missouri State en route to 93 total yards on 12 carries ... rushed a season-high 18 times for 55 yards at Southern Illinois ... amassed a season-best 78 yards versus Western Illinois.

2010: Played in 10 games ... was moved from running back to outside linebacker midway through the season ... started first career game at linebacker against No. 14 North Dakota State ... finished the season with 12 tackles , including seven solo stops ... tallied a career-high four tackles in the win over the Bison ... secured three tackles and first career TFL against No. 24 Western Illinois ... also carried the ball nine times for 24 yards and caught two passes for 84 yards ... caught a 54-yard touchdown pass in the season-opener against Central Missouri.

2009: MVFC All-Academic Team honorable mention selection ... played in all 11 games, with three starting assignments ... led the team with 150 carries for 542 yards ... rushed for a team-high seven touchdowns and added one touchdown reception to finish with a team-high eight touchdowns overall ... rushed for 96 yards and four touchdowns against Austin Peay ... named MVFC Offensive Player of the Week for that performance against the Governors ... carried the ball a career-high 30 times for a career-high 122 yards in a road win at Missouri State ... the following week, rushed for 106 yards and touchdown in a victory at home over Western Illinois ... only Redbird to rush for over 100 yards on the season ... also caught 21 passes out of the backfield for 169 yards, with a long of 24 yards against Austin Peay ... hauled in at least one pass in eight of ten games played ... W.F. Ruebush Endowed Scholarship recipient for the 2009-10 school year.

2008: Played in all 11 games as a reserve ... was Illinois State's fourth-leading rusher with 102 yards on the season on 20 carries ... had a career game at Indiana State when he rushed for 61 yards on nine attempts, which included a career-long 16-yard rush.

2007: Redshirted.

Marian Catholic HS: Three-year varsity starter ... rushed for 1,958 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior ... logged a school-record 307 yards in a victory over St. Patrick ... 2006 Chicago Tribune All-State Special Mention ... named the East Suburban Catholic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year ... two-time all-conference and all-area selection ... coached by Dave Mattio.

Personal: Born March 14, 1989 in Harvey, Ill. ... son of Cluet and Debra Gordon ... has an older brother ... his mother, Debra, and two of his aunts, all graduated from Illinois State ... high school teammate of current Redbird teammate Josh Howe ... major: business administration.