Duo named Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week by the league
Lamont Seward, one of the most prolific receivers in Southern Conference history, returns to his alma mater for the 2006 season to serve as an assistant coach. He spent the two years prior teaching weight training and being an assistant football, basketball and track coach at Warren County High.
A first team All-SoCon honoree in 2003 and the 2000 SoCon Freshman of the Year, ended his career ranked among the league's all-time leaders in both receptions (190) and receiving yards (2,972). More amazingly, he accomplished the feat while playing three years with three-time All-SoCon receiver Michael Banks. It was through the efforts of Seward and Banks that the Catamounts led the SoCon in passing in both 2002 and `03. On the WCU lists, Seward ranks third on both the career receptions and receiving yards lists. He additionally ranks sixth with 15 career touchdown catches, second on the single-season receptions list with 74 in 2003, sixth on the single-season TD receptions list with seven in 2000 and eighth on the single-season receiving yards list with 1,000 in 2000.
As a senior, Seward ranked second in the SoCon in both receptions (6.17) and receiving yards (76.25). His big game in 2003 came when he was named SoCon Offensive Player of the Week after he caught 12 passes for 176 yards in the Catamounts' 28-21 win at East Tennessee State. Of Seward's 12 receptions that game, 11 went for first down yardage. The 12 receptions is additionally the second-best, single-game effort in WCU history, tying his own mark of 12 versus Wofford in his freshman season. The 176 yards is the 12th-best, single-game total in WCU history. As a junior, Seward ranked second on the team in receptions (32) and receiving yards (533), while his average of 48.5 receiving yards per game ranked ninth in the Southern Conference. In 2001, he ranked second on the team in receptions (36) and receiving yards (524), while ranking fifth in the SoCon in both categories as well. Seward's career got off to an excellent start as he was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year by both the media and coaches. He additionally earned SoCon Freshman of the Week honors in five of the 12 times the honor was given, including three consecutive selections. Seward ranked 18th in the nation with 1,000 receiving yards and 21st nationally with his 90.91 receiving yards per game as he and Banks became the first teammates in WCU history to each have at least 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. In the SoCon, he ranked fifth in receiving yards (90.9) and seventh in receptions (4.36). Averaging an amazing 20.8 yards per reception for the season, he set a WCU single-game record with his 48.5 yards per catch versus Lenior-Rhyne (four catches for 194 yards).
Seward came to Western after a standout career at Warren County High School, where he was a two-time honorable mention selection as a wide receiver and defensive back. He additionally was an all-conference basketball and track & field performer.