Cullowhee, N.C. – Just over 24 hours away from its first scrimmage of the 2019 fall camp, Western Carolina held its seventh practice session of the preseason on Friday morning, working out for two hours in shells on the turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.
Saturday, Aug. 10 in Cullowhee will be a busy one as all three of the fall sports teams that have reported will each practice on campus with the football team conducting its first scrimmage. Saturday’s full pad practice is scheduled for 2:30 pm and will be followed at 5:00 pm by a special preseason Facebook LIVE event, presented by Stanberry Insurance, with head coach Mark Speir. The eighth-year coach will sit down with Catamount Sports Network personalities Gary Ayers and Daniel Hooker from the new “Catamount Corner” at the Ramsey Center end of the stadium. Fans can watch the event through the WCU Athletics Facebook page (fb.com/catamountsports).
Sunday represents an off-day from practice. However, the team will partner with WCU spirit groups and members of the “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band for the first-ever “Victory Day” in Cullowhee. The special afternoon event will provide cognitively and physically impaired children the opportunity to play football or cheer with the Catamounts as the players serve as mentors for the day. Participants will wear a WCU game jersey and participate in several simulated game day activities that give each child a chance to shine.
The mutually rewarding “Victory Day” takes place on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Whitmire Stadium / Waters Field.
Both single-game and season tickets for all six home dates in 2019 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 season tickets online by visiting CatamountSports.com. Tickets for the home and season-opener against Mercer – the “Purple Out” that includes postgame fireworks presented by Ingles and iHeartMedia partners 99.9 Kiss Country and Star 104.3 FM – are going fast!
Up next in this year’s preseason "Get to Know" features is Christian Yarborough, a senior running back from Indian Trail, N.C. Seeing the bulk of his career action as a defensive reserve and on special teams, Yarborough made the transition to running back, a position he played in high school, prior to the 2019 season.
Name: Christian Yarborough
Major: Corporate Finance
What is your nickname?
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Yarborough: Rainbow Sherbert
What is your favorite animal at the zoo?
Which team do you pick in Madden?
Yarborough: Dallas Cowboys
What is your favorite off-season activity?
Yarborough: Hitting golf balls at the driving range.
If you were a superhero, what powers would you want?
What is your favorite holiday?
Which teammate makes you laugh the most?
Yarborough: Haki Bradley
What celebrity would you most like to meet?
Yarborough: Cam Newton
What three words or phrases would your teammates use to describe you as a person?
Yarborough: Diligent, reserved, and insightful.
What motivates you to work hard?
Yarborough: My future family.
Who is the most important person in your life?
Yarborough: Duane, my father.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Yarborough: An officer in the military.
What is the best advice you were ever given?
Yarborough: “The cream rises to the top.”
What position do you play – and what is the one key thing to know about playing that position?
Yarborough: Running back (RB) – you’ve got to have vision!
If you weren’t playing football, what sport would you have played in college?
One major goal for the 2019 football season?
Yarborough: To win the Southern Conference.
What made you choose Western Carolina University?
Yarborough: The exceptional business program and its ability to allow you to double-major.
What’s been your favorite class at WCU?
Yarborough: Business Law (intro)
What’s your favorite part about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?
Yarborough: The team spirit bonds and the atmosphere.
What’s the most challenging thing about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?
Yarborough: Time management!
What is your favorite thing about home games in Cullowhee?
Yarborough: Seeing my dad sit on the 50-yard line, mid-way up on the home side of the stadium.
What does #CatamountCountry mean to you?
Yarborough: Anywhere you go in the western Carolina’s, you’ll be accepted.
What is your favorite quote or saying from WCU head football coach Mark Speir?
Yarborough: “Never grow weary.” – Galatians 6:9
What does it mean to play in front of a large home-game crowd in Cullowhee?
Yarborough: More than a new pair of shoes!
What has been your favorite athletics moment at Western Carolina?
Yarborough: Beating Samford on the last play at home in 2017.
What will you miss MOST about being a Catamount student-athlete?
What message would you like to send to the Catamount Nation?
Yarborough: Remember – Volume Brings Intensity!