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Western Carolina Football vs. Chattanooga
Western Carolina played Chattanooga Saturday afternoon as the Catamounts honored their seniors and the three newest members of the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame.
2014 (Junior): Started all 12 of WCU's games as a linebacker, converting prior to the season ... Finished fourth on the team with 68 tackles including 36 solo stops and a career-best 8.5 tackles for loss with 2.5 sacks ... Twice tallied double-digit tackles with a season-high 13 at Mercer (Oct. 18) and 10 against Chattanooga (Nov. 1) ... Came up with his first career interception against Catawba (Sept. 13), picking-off a deflected ball ... Also recovered a fumble against Catawba with a second recovery coming against Wofford (Oct. 11) ... Named Second Team All-Southern Conference by the league's head coaches ... Converted back to defensive back (safety) during 2015 spring drills ... Playing for the Gold squad, made eight tackles with a pass break-up in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2013 (Sophomore): Started in the defensive secondary in 12 of the seasonal games despite battling through nagging injuries most of the year ... Finished third on the team with 96 tackles including 45 solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss ... Ranked 12th in the Southern Conference with an average of 8.0 tackles per game ... Tallied double-digit tackles three times including matching a career-high with 16 stops at home against The Citadel, 14 against Furman in Cullowhee and 10 on the road at Samford ... Forced a fumble in the season-opener at Middle Tennessee State ... Named to the 2013 Fall Academic All-SoCon team and to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Was limited during spring drills and did not play in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2012 (Freshman): Started 10 of WCU's 11 games as a true freshman ... Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team ... Finished third on the team with 93 total tackles including 48 solo stops and 3.5 tackles for loss with two sacks ... Recorded double-digit tackles in five games including a career-high 16 against nationally-ranked Appalachian State ... Made a career-high eight solo tackles against the Mountaineers ... Was tied for the team lead with four forced fumbles including one on a quarterback sack in the end zone against Samford that was recovered for a game-opening touchdown ... Recovered one fumble and was credited with a pass break-up ... Named to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Finished with eight tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Selected to the Cobb Senior Bowl as a senior ... Three-year letter winner that played both as a running back and defensive back in high school, rushing for 1,249 yards in three seasons including 557 and five touchdowns as a senior ... Caught 30 passes for 389 yards and three TDs ... Defensively, tallied 115 total hits including 59 solo stops and one interception ... Named team's defensive player of the year and offensive back of the year as a senior ... Earned Cobb County Offensive Player of the Week plaudits during his junior season and picked up defensive weekly honors in his final year ... Joined by high school teammate, quarterback C.J. Goodman, to sign at WCU in 2012.
Personal: Full name is Sertonuse I. Harris Jr. ... Is the son of Qudeski Curtis Sr., and Shauntel Strozier ... Has four siblings ... His cousin, James Davis, played college football at Clemson before going on to play for the Detroit Lions ... His grandfather, Roy Harris, also played pro football for both Atlanta and Tampa Bay.