CSN talks with assistant coach John Holt and players Josh Wineberg, Jake Thornton
2015 (Junior): Played in 11 of the team's games with one start coming at right guard in the season-opener against Mars Hill (Sept. 5) ... Also saw time on special teams ... Was a part of an offensive line that helped produce WCU's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2006 ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2014 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 12 games with nine starts along the offensive line including starting the first five games of the season ... First five starts came at left guard while the remaining four starts came at right guard.
2013 (Freshman): Played in nine games with a pair of starts along the offensive line ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Middle Tennessee State before making his first start on the road at Samford ... Also saw time on special teams as the long snapper on PATs and field goals ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year varsity starter for South Caldwell High and head coach Butch Carter helping the Spartans to back-to-back conference championships in his final two seasons ... Was a two-time All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference selection and twice named first team All-Caldwell County ... Named the team Offensive MVP as a junior and senior while serving as a team captain both seasons ... As a senior, was selected to the East-West All-Star game ... Could see time as a long-snapper for the Catamounts.
Personal: Full name is Ethan Michael James ... Is the son of Mick and Laurie James ... Has one sibling, Landyn.