|99 Pete Balthrop, Jr.
Over his four-year career and 41 games, finished with 87 tackles including 20 solo stops with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
2013 (Senior): Played in 11 of the seasonal games including six starts in the final six games of the season ... Finished with 29 tackles on the season including seven solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss ... Recorded a sack on the road at Samford ... Posted stops in 10 of the 11 games in which he saw action ... Credited with a season-high eight stops in the Homecoming win over Elon.
2012 (Junior): Played in all 11 of the team's games, all coming as a reserve ... Finished with 31 total tackles including eight solo stops ... His 31 tackles ranked second among WCU's defensive line ... Recorded a tackle in 10 of the 11 games on the season ... Credited with a career-high nine tackles including three solo hits against nationally-ranked Georgia Southern, also blocking a kick against the Eagles ... Both forced and recovered a fumble at Elon ... Finished with six tackles and a quarterback sack in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2011 (Sophomore): Played in 10 of WCU's 11 games on the season, all as a substitution along the defensive front ... Finished with 20 tackles including five solo stops, tallying stops in all but one game played ... Recorded a career-high five tackles against nationally-ranked Wofford, closing the final three games of the year with 12 total stops ... Credited with six tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2010 (Freshman): Appeared in nine games on the season as a defensive substitution along the defensive front ... Finished with seven total tackles on the year ... Recorded a then career-best three tackles - all assisted - against Georgia Southern.
Prior to Western: Was a four-year letter winner at West Forsyth High for head coach Adrian Snow, twice earning All-City and All-County honors ... Accumulated 527 career tackles including 363 solo stops and four sacks ... Posted a career-best 156 tackles as a junior ... Recorded four career interceptions ... Was named All-Northwest and All-Central Piedmont 4-A Conference ... Helped WFHS post a 35-11 combined record during his four-year prep career ... In addition to football, was the 2008 track & field MVP and won the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference shot put.
Personal: Is the son of Peter, Sr., and Donna Balthrop ... Was born in Macon, Ga. ... Has two siblings, Erica and Raven ... Nicknamed "Pistol Pete" by his teammates.