Fifteen student-athletes graduated with honors as 41 walked across the stage to earn their degrees from Western Carolina.
14 WCU seniors play in their final game at Whitmire Stadium
WCU to honor 14 football seniors during pregame ceremony
2011 (Senior): Played in all 11 games despite suffering an ankle injury at Samford that limited his playing time ... Punted 62 times with a seasonal average of 38.8 including a long of 53 yards - the third longest punt of his career ... Punted eight times in a game three times during the year ... Downed nine punts inside the opponents 20-yard line including three in four different games ... Boomed six punts over 50 yards with four going for touchbacks ... Was named the team's special teams player of the game four times including three-consecutive in the second half of the season ... Credited with one solo tackle coming in the season opener at Georgia Tech.
2010 (Junior): Saw action in all 11 games on the season as the primary punter ... Punted at least three times in each game ... Ranked third in the SoCon - and 41st nationally - with his 39.3 yards per punt average that included nine boots over 50-yards with a career-long, 60-yard punt against Chattanooga ... Downed 10 of his kicks inside the 20-yard line including three in one game at Wofford ... Had one punt blocked against Tusculum ... Was selected as the team's special teams player of the week five times during the season ... Credited with one rush for two yards coming against top-ranked Appalachian State ... Named to the 2010 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team.
2009 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games punting a combined 65 times which ranks tied for the eighth-most punts in a single season in the school record books ... Averaged 37.8 yards per punt with a seasonal long of 51 yards ... Downed 15 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had five touchbacks ... Punted a season-high 10 times in the season-opener at Vanderbilt with three downed inside the 20 ... Twice punted nine times in a game coming at Georgia Southern and in the road win over Eastern Kentucky ... Averaged a season-high 43 yards on three punts against Wofford ... Kicked off once at nationally-ranked Appalachian State, netting 45 yards on the boot.
2008 (Freshman:) Saw action as the team's primary punter in 11 of the 12 games as WCU did not attempt a punt at Presbyterian ... Attempted 68 punts, tied for the fifth-most by a WCU punter since 1969 and the most since Kenny Pauley had 82 punts in 19990 ... Averaged 38.9 yards per punt including a career-long 55-yard boot against arch rival Appalachian State ... Punted seven times in the home win over Chattanooga for 285 yards, an average of 40.7 yards per punt including a long of 51 with five of his seven kicks downed inside the Mocs 20 yard line to garner Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week plaudits ... Attempted a career-high -- and school-record -- 13 punts against ASU in the season finale ... Had 17 of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line, with five punts over 50 yards ... Named to the inaugural Southern Conference All-Freshman team as a specialist.
Prior to Western: Helped Harrison HS to the Georgia State Playoffs in three of his four seasons ... Averaged 43.9 yards per punt as a senior, including a career-best 65-yard boot which also ranked as the longest punt in Cobb County ... Dropped eight of his punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... Was a two-time Special Teams Player of the Week last season and earned All-County and Second Team All-State accolades ... As a junior, averaged 40 yards per kick with a seasonal-long of 52 yards ... Also played four years of prep basketball at guard, garnering his team's 2005 Defensive Player award and the Coaches' Award in 2006.
Personal: Is the son of Marty and Renee Cain ... Comes from a football family as his grandfather (Tommy Rose) played end at Georgia Tech; uncle (Tommy Rose, Jr.) played center at Tulane; brother, Grant, played cornerback at Catawba and currently coaches linebackers at Coastal Carolina; and brother, Travis, played safety at Coastal Carolina