Team practiced in shoulder pads for the first time Thursday
WCU picked sixth in coaches' poll, seventh in media voting
CSN talks with assistant coach John Holt and a pair of offensive linemen in preview
Catamounts picked third by media, fourth by coaches in preseason polls
Catamounts five practices in, entering Spring Break this week
2016 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 11 games along the offensive line with four starts at right guard, one at left tackle, and six at right tackle ... Was a part of the offensive line unit that paved the way for Detrez Newsome's second-straight, 1,000-yard rushing season ... Credited with two tackles, both coming against The Citadel (Oct. 1) ... Selected to the 2016 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team and Named to the 2016-17 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 11 of the team's games with nine-consecutive starts at right guard to end the season ... Graded out at over 82-percent on the season along the offensive line ... Named to the 2015 Southern Conference All-Freshman team ... 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 (Freshman): Enrolled in the spring semester at Western Carolina and went through spring drills.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was named the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference lineman of the year ... Named to the Asheville Citizen-Times All-WNC team ... Graded out at 90-percent with 46 pancake blocks for East Henderson ... Selected to represent North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl ... Also played along the defensive front, finishing with 67 tackles including 29 solo stops ... Listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.
Personal: Is the son of Lee and Jeannine Dalton.