Furman's ground game, special teams paramount in WCU road loss
Rain again dampened fall practice; going in full pads on Tuesday
Western Carolina played Chattanooga Saturday afternoon as the Catamounts honored their seniors and the three newest members of the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame.
2011 (Junior): Saw action in 10 of the 11 games on the season between special teams and at tight end ... Caught one pass in his new position on offense, a career-long 54-yard touchdown reception at nationally-ranked Appalachian State, recording his first career points ... Credited with 11 tackles on the season, mostly on special teams ... Tallied eight solo stops ... Returned three kickoffs as an up-back and in a specialty "starburst" formation for a combined 19 yards ... Finished with 73 all-purpose yards.
2010 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games between special teams and as a defensive substitution ... Converted from defensive end to tight end prior to the end of the season, but did not record any catches on offense ... Recorded five tackles on the year including two solo stops and one tackle for loss ... Had a career-high two tackles against Samford.
2009 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games, coming in as a defensive substitution and mostly on special teams ... Credited with two tackles on the season, both solo stops ... Tallied his first career stop with a solo tackle in the home win over The Citadel ... Recorded three tackles including two behind the line of scrimmage during WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: A first-team All-Gateway Conference and All-District selection as a senior after making 89 tackles, including 53 solo stops and eight sacks ... Also intercepted two passes in his final season a as prep ... Selected for the Florida Shrine Bowl ... Was a part of three Gateway Conference championship teams under head coach Fred Culver.
Personal: Full name is Nathaniel Lloyd Stephenson ... Is the son of Shernette Charles ... Has six siblings; Vanassa, Monique, Everis, Natasha, Carl and Bryant, Jr.