|96 Eric Banford
Started all 11 games along the defensive front - one of six players to do so including three defensive linemen ... Finished with 28 total tackles including 13 solo stops, ranking third among WCU's linemen ... Was third on the team with 5.0 tackles for loss - the most among the defensive front ... Scooped a fumble and rumbled 10 yards for his first career touchdown against nationally-ranked Wofford ... Matched his career-high with five tackles at Elon ... Credited with one pass break-up on a batted ball at the line of scrimmage against Chattanooga.
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.