CSN talks with assistant coach Tyler Carlton and a couple of student-athletes in preview
2015 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in 10 of the team's 11 games as a back-up wide receiver ... Caught four passes for 18 total yards with a receiving touchdown ... Made his first collegiate reception on a six-yard gain against Presbyterian (Oct. 2) ... Both caught and threw a TD pass in the home win over Samford (Oct. 24) -- hauled in a nine-yard pass that he dove and extended the ball over the goal line for the score; on the very next offensive possession, tossed a 39-yard pass on a wide receiver pass to Karnorris Benson ... Had one official rush on the season and returned three punts ... Caught a pair of passes including a 10-yard touchdown reception in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2014 (Freshman): Redshirted ... A two-sport student-athlete, saw action in five games for the Catamount baseball team ... Went 0-for-2 with one run scored and a stolen base as a pinch runner ... Playing for the Gold squad, caught three passes for 18 yards in WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner who earned honorable mention all-conference accolades twice before garnering second team honors as a senior... Recorded 42 receptions for 662 yards and eight touchdowns for the Blue Devils, who finished 8-3 and earned a state playoff trip ... Added 74 rushing yards and a TD on the ground ... a two-sport standout including football and baseball ... As a senior, broke the school record for most career touchdowns with 23 ... Is expected to walk-on the Catamount baseball team as a sophomore ... Earned the Jackie Smallwood Award for baseball ... High school coach was Scott Burton.
Personal: Full name is Jordan Elliott Mathis ... Is the son of Mark and Melanie Mathis ... Has two younger siblings, Sydney and Christian ... Father played collegiate football at Liberty University before a six-year career in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.