Cullowhee, N.C. - As Catamount football continued its preseason fall camp on Sunday afternoon and as the 2018 home-opener against Newberry rapidly approaches, CatamountSports.com continues its series of question and answer sessions with Western Carolina senior football players to allow fans to further “Get to Know” the Purple & Gold.
WCU’s football student-athletes officially reported for fall camp on Friday, Aug. 3, holding its first helmet-only practice on Saturday, Aug. 4. This week, the squad will practice twice in helmets and shoulder pads leading to the first fully-padded practice on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and the first preseason scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Season tickets for all five home dates in 2018 are still on-sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center or by phone at (800)34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401. Fans can also purchase season tickets online by visiting CatamountSports.com.
Individual game tickets for the 2018 season are slated to officially go on sale at 9:00 am on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Up next in this year’s "Catamount Football Q&A series" is Kaleb Spry, a redshirt senior offensive lineman from Kannapolis, N.C. Having played in 29 career games with 14 career starts, Spry is a two-time Fall Academic All-Southern Conference selection and has twice been named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
Name: Kaleb Spry
Major: Health and Physical Education
What is your nickname?
Spry: Big Red
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Spry: Peanut Butter Cup
What is your favorite animal at the zoo?
Which team do you pick in Madden?
Spry: Carolina Panthers
What is your favorite off-season activity?
Spry: Play golf or shoot sporting clays
What has been your favorite class to take at WCU?
Spry: Adapted PE!
What motivates you to work hard?
Spry: Knowing that I won’t ever get back the moment.
What is something you always love doing, even when you are tired or rushed? Why?
Spry: I love to hit a golf ball. Something about it just calms me down and makes me peaceful.
Who is the most important person in your life?
Spry: The most important person in my life is probably my grandfather! No greater role model than him.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Spry: Growing up I wanted to be just like my dad so a police officer
What was the best advice you were ever given?
Spry: Some people are so consumed at looking at a closed door that they don’t notice the open window right next to it!
What position do you play – and what is the one key thing to know about playing that position?
Spry: I play Center, and snapping the ball is pretty key.
If you weren’t playing football, what sport would you have played in college?
Spry: I would have probably played baseball or golf if I hadn’t played football.
One major goal for the 2018 season?
Spry: Win a Southern Conference Championship
What's your favorite part about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?
Spry: The great support we get from all the members of our athletic department!
What’s the most challenging thing about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?
Spry: TIME MANAGEMENT
What is your favorite thing about home games in Cullowhee?
Spry: The huge crowd we have in Cullowhee! The support is #1 in the conference!
What does #CatamountCountry mean to you?
What is your favorite quote or saying from Head Coach Mark Speir?
Spry: If a man does right and doesn’t give up, then he will reap a harvest in the end!
What does it mean to you to play in front of a large home-game crowd at WCU?
Spry: It means a lot! Having support like that is so important in our success as a football team!
What has been your favorite athletics moment at Western Carolina?
Spry: Last football season beating Samford late in the game! Also, Mercer from three football seasons ago, Wes Holcombe marching the Cats down the field for the win!
What will you miss MOST about being a Catamount?
Spry: I’ll miss the close family I’ve built here!
What does your athletic scholarship mean to you?
Spry: Gives me an opportunity to pursue a career that I may not have thought about doing if I never came to college!
What message would you like to send to the Catamount Nation?
Spry: We love you and thank you for all you do for us! We need you in EJ Whitmire Stadium every Saturday we have a home game so we can hold the record for two years in a row!