Cullowhee, N.C. - As Catamount football continued its preseason fall camp on Tuesday morning – and as the 2018 home-opener against Newberry rapidly approaches – 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 football held its second practice in helmets and shoulder pads on Tuesday morning leading to the first fully-padded practice on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The week continues with team photo day on Thursday afternoon with a special Facebook LIVE event with head coach Mark Speir slated for Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 pm. The squad will hold its first preseason scrimmage this Saturday, Aug. 11.


Both season and single-game tickets for all five home dates in 2018 are 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 tickets online by visiting 


Up next in this year’s "Catamount Football Q&A series" is JerMichael White, a senior defensive back from Johnson City, Tenn. White has played in 28 career games over the last three seasons and is credited with 89 career tackles including 41 solo stops. He has broken up six passes – five a season ago – in the Catamount secondary.


Name: JerMichael White 

Major: Entrepreneurship with marketing cognate

What is your nickname?

White: Mikey, Metro.


What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

White: Cookie Dough.


What is your favorite animal at the zoo?

White: Gorilla.


Which team do you pick in Madden?

White: Randoms unless it’s with favorite then Tennessee Titans.


What is your favorite off-season activity?

White: Off-season?? Lol letting my body heal.


What has been your favorite class to take at WCU?

White: Stand-up paddleboarding 


What motivates you to work hard?

White: The want to take care of others who helped me out.


What is something you always love doing, even when you are tired or rushed? Why?

White: Making someone laugh or smile. The ability to make someone day better is a great feeling.


Who is the most important person in your life?

White: Ma Dukes (mother).


As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

White: A professional athlete.


What was the best advice you were ever given?

White: Those wanting to succeed are up while others enjoy sleep.


What position do you play – and what is the one key thing to know about playing that position?

White: I play safety and we stop or allow touchdowns.


If you weren’t playing football, what sport would you have played in college?

White: Basketball 


One major goal for the 2018 season?

White: Break the record for interceptions in a game.


What's your favorite part about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?

White: Standing for something else besides my city.

What’s the most challenging thing about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?

White: Not being able to enjoy the views every moment.


What is your favorite thing about home games in Cullowhee?

White: Seeing Catamount Nation jumping like Jordan. 


What does #CatamountCountry mean to you?

White: A great fanbase.


What is your favorite quote or saying from Head Coach Mark Speir?

White: Him saying my name due to the amount of emphasis on it.


What does it mean to you to play in front of a large home-game crowd at WCU?

White: The support from our students means a lot due to us being able to showcase our hard work as well as defend the mountains from intruders.


What has been your favorite athletics moment at Western Carolina?

White: Beating Samford at home while both were among the rankings.


What will you miss MOST about being a Catamount?

White: The bonding moments with teammates and other athletes.


What does your athletic scholarship mean to you?

White: The ability to get a great education for free due to my hard work and dedication.


What message would you like to send to the Catamount Nation?

White: Let’s get it jumping like Jordan every home game with themes against the team.