WCU returns to league play at Samford, Saturday at 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET
Mocs erase eight-point halftime deficit with strong offensive second half
Western Carolina played Chattanooga Saturday afternoon as the Catamounts honored their seniors and the three newest members of the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Western Carolina defeated Mars Hill in its home opener, 52-31, at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.
2012 (Senior): Saw action in 10 of WCU's 11 games making seven starts at wide receiver ... Started the first four games of the season before being hampered by a left knee sprain ... Was WCU's top receiver four times on the season, thrice recording 80-or-more yards receiving ... Finished with a team-high 400 yards receiving on a team-leading 40 receptions, averaging 40 yards per game - the second-highest average ... His 40 catches were his single-season career-high, recording three TD catches ... Ranked tied for seventh in the SoCon in receptions per game (4.0) and ninth in receiving yards per game (40.0) ... Hauled in a career-high nine passes for 84 yards at Marshall ... Posted a season-high 87 receiving yards against nationally-ranked Wofford ... Credited with three tackles including a solo stop.
2011 (Junior): Played in 10 of WCU's 11 games, making three starts at wide receiver ... Finished with 26 catches - tied for fourth on the team - for 388 yards which ranked second on the squad ... Scored three receiving touchdowns including a career-long 75-yard TD catch against Mars Hill ... Ranked tied for fifth on the team with 18 points on the year ... Eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark on just three catches against Mars Hill, tallying 105 yards ... Recorded a career-high 144 yards receiving on a season-high seven catches against nationally-ranked Wofford ... Was named the team's offensive player of the week after his outing against the Terriers ... Rushed three times for eight yards ... Added 10 total tackles on the year including four solo stops, most coming on special teams ... Caught four passes for 74 yards in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2010 (Sophomore): Started at wide receiver in 10 of the 11 games he played on the season ... Led the Catamounts with 39 catches for 441 yards and a team-best five touchdown receptions ... Averaged 40.1 yards receiving per game ... Recorded at least one reception in all 11 games ... Caught a career-high eight passes for 116 yards and a TD against Tusculum ... Recorded a pair of touchdown catches against Chattanooga, earning the team's offensive MVP honor ... Posted five total tackles on the year including two solo stops ... Also played baseball during the spring of 2010, appearing in three games as a freshman on the diamond ... In two official at bats, recorded a pair RBI with a ground out that scored a run and a sacrifice fly in the season-opener against Morehead State.
2009 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games, starting twice at a wide out position ... Ranked fourth on the team with 20 receptions for 158 yards, the third-most on the squad ... Posted receptions in all but one game played on the season ... Averaged 7.9 yards per reception on the year with a long catch of 17 yards ... Hauled in a then career-high four catches twice - at Eastern Kentucky and at Chattanooga ... Had four receptions for 32 yards at UTC ... Also recorded three tackles on special teams ... Made three catches for 26 yards in WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western: Was a three-year varsity letter winner at Southwest Dekalb HS for head coach Buck Goffery ... Listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com ... Finished his prep career with 59 catches for 825 yards and 12 touchdowns in a run-oriented offensive system ... Posted a career-best 30 catches for 500 yards and nine scores as a senior captain, earning first team all-conference and All-Dekalb County accolades ... Was a four-year Honor Roll student ... Also played basketball and baseball, garnering All-County accolades his junior season in the latter.
Personal: Full name is Jacoby Shenard Mitchell ... Is the son of Desmond Parks and Kisten Mitchell ... Has two siblings; brother, Eric, and sister Desmenique ... Has two cousins who played collegiate athletics - David Allen played football at Georgia Tech and Eddie Rush, Jr., played baseball at Marshall.