41  Courtland Carson
Courtland Carson

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Charlotte, N.C.

High School:
Independence HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 215

Position:
LB


Career: Finished his four-year career with 286 career tackles including 141 solo stops and 19.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks ... Recorded two interceptions - both coming as a sophomore in 2011 - with seven total passes broken up.

2013 (Senior): Started all 12 games on the season at linebacker ... Finished with a career-high, team-leading 107 total tackles including 58 solo stops and 5.5 tackles for loss ... Forced three fumbles, recovering one on the season and broke up two passes ... Was named All-Southern Conference second team defense by the voting media ... Ranked fifth in the Southern Conference with an 8.9 tackle per game average ... Was 14th in the SoCon in sacks, averaging 0.21 per game with a total of 2.5, and was third in fumbles forced (0.25 per game, 3 total) ... Posted three-straight, double-digit tackle games against Virginia Tech, The Citadel and Mars HIll ... Was named the SouthernPigskin.com Defensive Performer of the Week after the Chattanooga game, recording nine tackles including seven solo stops and 2.5 TFLs.

2012 (Junior): Started all 11 games at linebacker for WCU's defense - one of four defenders to start every game ... Finished second on the team with a career-best 97 tackles including 42 solo stops ... Tallied double-digit tackles in four games on the season including a career-best 16 against nationally-ranked Appalachian State ... Finished with 14 tackles against FBS-foe, Marshall ... Posted at least four stops in every game ... Recorded six tackles for loss including one quarterback sack ... Credited with one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

2011 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games with six starts including the first four games to start the season ... Finished tied for fourth on the team with 56 tackles, tallying 29 solo stops and 4.5 tackles for loss ... Credited with two pass break-ups and pounced on a fumble in the season-opener at Georgia Tech ... Intercepted two passes on the year, making his first career interception against Elon before picking off his second in the season finale against Coastal Carolina ... Recorded at least two tackles in all 11 games ... Charted nine tackles against Wofford ... Finished the season with a career-high 15 tackles against Coastal Carolina.

2010 (Freshman): Saw action in all 11 games making four starts as a true freshman ... Saw his first collegiate start at Wofford ... Finished with 26 tackles on the year including 12 solo stops and three tackles for losses ... Credited with one quarterback hurry ... Recorded four tackles in his collegiate debut at North Carolina State ... Tallied a career-high 10 tackles including three solo stops and one for a loss against Georgia Southern ... Had seven stops in the season finale at Elon.

Prior to Western Carolina: Named to the All-Southwestern 4A Conference Football Team at linebacker ... Was a part of the 13-1 Independence team in 2008 ... Also ran track & field at Independence HS competing in the 110-meter high hurdles as well as triple and high jumps ... Ranked inside the top 20 among those three events.

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