Cullowhee, N.C. – After four consecutive days of practice including two in just helmets and a pair of workouts in shells, Western Carolina football paused its preseason camp on Tuesday as many of the student-athletes were scheduled for final exams as a part of the second semester of summer school. The Catamounts will take advantage of the reprieve for the annual Media/Photo Day which includes team, unit, and individual photos and video shoots ahead of the 2019 season.

The lull will be brief, though, and intensity will pick up on Wednesday morning as the team puts on full pads for the first time this preseason on Wednesday morning. WCU’s fifth practice of fall camp is scheduled for 9:45 am. The team will work out in full pads Thursday morning before practice in shells only on Friday ahead of Saturday’s first scrimmage slated for a 2:30 pm start. Following the scrimmage, WCU head coach Mark Speir will take part in a special preseason Facebook LIVE event, presented by Stanberry Insurance, beginning at 5 pm on the WCU Athletics Facebook page (

Each of WCU’s preseason football practices is open to the public. It is respectfully requested, though, that spectators observe from the stadium seating area and avoid being either on the field or the sidelines for safety. Practice times are subject to change.

Also of note, single-game tickets for each of WCU’s six exciting home dates in 2019 are scheduled to go on sale to the public at 9:00 am on Wednesday morning, just before that first fully-padded practice.

Up next in this year’s "Get to Know" features is Caleb Woodard, a senior tight end and local product from nearby Bryson City, N.C., and Swain County High.

Name: Caleb Woodard

Major: Mechanical Engineering



What is your nickname?

Woodard: “Woodshed”


What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Woodard: Playdough


What is your favorite animal at the zoo?

Woodard: Bear


Which team do you pick in Madden?

Woodard: Carolina Panthers


What is your favorite off-season activity?

Woodard: Fishing


If you were a superhero, what powers would you want?

Woodard: Being able to fly, flight


What is your favorite holiday?

Woodard: the 4th of July


Which teammate makes you laugh the most?

Woodard: “Hammer” – (fellow senior TE, Austin Phillips)


What celebrity would you most like to meet?

Woodard: Greg Olsen


What three positive words or phrases would your teammates use to describe you as a person?

Woodard: Hard-worker; accountable; and trusting.


What motivates you to work hard?

Woodard: My friends, family, and teammates.


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

Woodard: Eating a good meal with friends and family.


Who is the most important person in your life?

Woodard: My parents.


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

Woodard: A player in the NFL or the NBA.


What is the best advice you were ever given?

Woodard: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”


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

Woodard: Tight end (TE) – You must be able to play out wide and on the line of scrimmage.


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

Woodard: Thrown shot put.


One major goal for the 2019 football season?

Woodard: Win the Southern Conference Championship.


What made you choose Western Carolina University?

Woodard: I grew up in Western North Carolina and went to WCU football games as a kid.


What’s been your favorite class at WCU?

Woodard: Engineering dynamics.


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

Woodard: I enjoy the challenge of excelling both in the classroom and in football.


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

Woodard: Keeping focused on both grades and football.


What is your favorite thing about home games in Cullowhee?

Woodard: Just the exciting atmosphere.


What does #CatamountCountry mean to you?

Woodard: It’s everybody involved with the Purple & Gold.


What is your favorite quote or saying from WCU head football coach Mark Speir?

Woodard: Galatians 6:9 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do no give up.”


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

Woodard: It’s exciting and helps us bring more energy.


What has been your favorite athletics moment at Western Carolina?

Woodard: When “Hammer” received a full scholarship last fall camp.


What will you miss MOST about being a Catamount student-athlete?

Woodard: My teammates and coaches.


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

Woodard: Thanks for your support!