Western Carolina has two players collect academic honors
The Bulldogs snap WCU's seven-game home winning streak
CSN talks with assistant head coach Mark Rhea and a pair of defensive linemen in preview
WCU practiced in full pads for the first time on Monday
Catamounts five practices in, entering Spring Break this week
2015 (Junior): Took a medical redshirt after a knee injury sidelined him ... Participated on a limited basis during spring drills entering the 2016 fall.
2014 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 of the team's games with a pair of starts ... Finished with 18 tackles including 10 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for 11 yards in losses ... Recorded 1.5 sacks and tallied a quarterback hurry ... Recorded a season-best three tackles at Presbyterian (Oct. 4) ... Named to the 2014 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team and was named to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Playing for the Purple squad, credited with three tackles including a sack with two quarterback hurries in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2013 (Freshman): Saw action in 10 of the team's 12 games on the season, all in a reserve role along the defensive front ... Finished with 10 total tackles on the year including six solo stops and a tackle for loss on a sack at Georgia Southern ... Credited with a quarterback hurry against Appalachian State ... Picked up his first career tackle in his debut in the season-opener at Middle Tennessee State - a solo stop ... Twice recorded a career-high three tackles, doing so on the road at both Samford and Georgia Southern ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Credited with four tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: A four-year varsity letter winner, helped North Davidson High and head coach Mark Holcomb to the 4-A state playoffs all four seasons including a 14-1, Western Region runner-up finish as a senior ... Finished his prep career with 292 tackles and 47.5 career sacks including leading the state of North Carolina with 23.5 sacks as a senior ... Had a career-high 103 tackles and forced three fumbles in his final season at NDHS ... Was a two-time All-Central Piedmont Conference selection, earning both the CPC's and Davidson County's Defensive Player of the Year plaudits as a senior ... Also a two-time All-Northwest pick by the Winston-Salem Journal ... Tabbed All-State by NCPreps ... Moving up to the varsity squad as a freshman, recorded a quarterback sack and forced a fumble in his first game to earn his roster spot ... Listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.
Personal: Full name is Andrew Raymond Mayton ... Is the son of Buddy and Chantel Mayton ... Has a younger sister, Jordan ... His uncle, Robert Mayton, won a state championship as the coach at Thomasville High ... Was also a two-year varsity letter winner in baseball in high school and played for Lexington Post 8 in the American Legion summer league ... Learned to play the piano.