Photos by Mark Haskett and Jarrett Frazier from Western Carolina's 33-20 win over Presbyterian Saturday night.
2010 (Redshirt Senior): Rejoined the Catamount football team for spring drills in 2010, moving to the defensive side of the football after last playing as a quarterback then wide receiver ... Started all six games in which he saw action, missing five contests during the season due to a variety of ailments including both a hamstring and shoulder injury ... Primarily a defensive back, finished with 33 tackles including 16 solo stops and four tackles for loss and a sack ... Had at least two tackles in every game he played ... Recorded one interception, picking off a pass at Gardner-Webb and returning it 22 yards for a defensive touchdown ... Also credited with four quarterback hurries ... On offense, rushed for 11 yards on five attempts with one score ... Tallied a career-best 12 tackles including eight solo stops and three for losses to lead WCU over The Citadel ... Also recorded two rushes out of the "Wild Catamount" formation, taking a direct snap and bullying his way in from five yards out ... For his efforts, was named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, while also receiving an honorable mention at defensive back by the Collegiate Football Performance Awards (CFPA) ... Additionally earned team defensive MVP honors following The Citadel win.
2009 (Redshirt Junior): Did not participate in football at WCU.
2008 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in all 12 games seeing action under center in the first two before converting primarily to wide receiver, starting seven times ... Threw for 100 yards on 9-of-13 passing with a touchdown ... Added 41 yards rushing on 19 carries, scoring on the ground in the season-opener against Shorter College ... As a receiver, led the team with 49 catches and was second with 423 yards ... Posted four games with 50-or-more yards receiving including a career-high 59 against Chattanooga ... Hauled in a career-high nine passes at nationally-ranked Elon ... Ranked tied for fourth on the squad in scoring with 26 points ... Led the squad with 13 punt returns for 36 yards while also returning 20 kickoffs for 367 yards including a long of 34 ... All told, was the team-leader in all-purpose yards with 867, an average of 72.2 per game.
2007 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in all 11 games with three starts on the season as a red-shirt freshman, splitting time under center with senior signal caller, Todd Spitzer ... Finished the year with 1,375 total yards passing, fourth in the Southern Conference ... His 125 passing yards per game ranked fifth in the SoCon, as did his average of 146.5 yards of total offense a game ... Completed 51.8 percent of his passes ... Threw for 12 touchdowns through the air, including back-to-back, three-touchdown performances in the games against Georgia Southern and Elon, two of the top defenses in the SoCon ... Amassed 237 yards on 87 carries, for an average of 2.7 yards per rush, with four TD ... In the Elon game on October 6, he made his first career start and recorded season-highs with 21 completions for a team seasonal-high 310 yards to go along with the three scores and no interceptions ... Was one of only four players in the conference to have a game of over 300 yards passing ... He was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week following the Elon game, having accounted for four total touchdowns - three passing, and his first career rushing score ... Was also named the Catamount Sports Network Player of the Game ... Threw two touchdown passes on 8-of-11 passing and 67 yards in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2006 (Freshman): Came to Western in January of 2006 and was listed as a true freshman for the fall of 2006 ... Did not see any game action ... Posted the best completion percentage among all four QB's in the annual Spring Game, completing 7-of-9 (77.8%) for 68 yards.
Prior to Western: Originally committed to Syracuse prior to his senior year as a quarterback, played safety at Milford during the fall of 2005 ... At North Penn: In 2003, as a junior and his first year as the Knights' starting quarterback, threw for 1,201 yards, completing 60-of-110 pass attempts ... Tossed 13 touchdowns with only one interception ... In addition, he rushed for 966 yards and 13 scores, including an 18-yard TD jaunt in a 37-10 win over Pittsburgh Central Catholic in the state championship game ... En route to leading North Penn to the 2003 state title, the Knights were 15-0 ... Tabbed first team all-area and first team All-Suburban-One League ... As a senior, he completed 68-of-124 passes for 1,016 yards and seven touchdowns ... Also rushed for 220 yards and two TDs on 81 carries and led North Penn to the District One championship game.