Crimson Tide score on first six possessions in victory
WCU visits Furman at Paladin Stadium Saturday at 1:30 pm
Speir and Players Talk Opening of Preseason
Western Carolina traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to close the 2012 season. The Crimson Tide defeated the Catamounts 49-0. (Photos courtesy: Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations)
Western Carolina played Chattanooga Saturday afternoon as the Catamounts honored their seniors and the three newest members of the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame.
2011 (Junior): Saw action in all 11 games during the season, making one start coming against The Citadel ... Finished the season with 25 tackles including six solo stops and two tackles for loss ... Posted a quarterback sack against Elon marking his career-best tackles for loss tally ... Recorded a career-high five tackles against The Citadel ... Credited with two quarterback hurries and one pass break-up.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a two-time All-NORCAL Conference selection at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. ... Recorded 92 total hits in two seasons, amassing 26.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks ... Returned a fumble 96 yards as a freshman for his lone collegiate score ... All told, forced four fumbles while recovering five ... Was a part of two Silicon Valley Bowl championship teams at Foothills, earning Defensive Player of the Game following the 2010 victory; At Newark Memorial HS: Earned first team All-Mission Valley Athletic League honors both his junior and senior seasons ... Was also a first team all-conference selection in track & field throwing the discus.
Personal: Full name is Eric Cameron Banford ... Is the son of Eric, Sr., and Jaime Banford ... Has four younger siblings - Damien, Dante, Kaleb and Tuff Tuff.