14 Catamounts additionally named All-SoCon by same publication
Four Catamounts graduate with honors; three received graduate degrees
Head coach Mark Speir reflects on the bounce-back season
WCU has four players collect unanimous first team recognition
Western Carolina football snapped a seven-game road losing skid with a 42-27 win at Gardner-Webb on Saturday night.
2017 (Redshirt Senior): Played in all 12 of the team's games making 11 appearances in the starting line-up, converting to outside linebacker from his defensive end position ... Finished fifth on the squad with a career-high 73 total tackles including 41 solo stops ... Averaged 6.1 tackles per game to rank 25th overall in the SoCon ... Posted double-digit tackles twice including a career-best 13 tackles in the overtime road loss at Wofford (Oct. 7) ... Paced WCU with 9.5 tackles for 47 yards of losses -- ninth in the SoCon rankings -- while also leading the Catamounts with 7.0 sacks, the second-most in the conference ... Collected first team All-Southern Conference honors from the league's head coaches ... Also earned first team post-season All-SoCon honors from Phil Steele ... Was a disruptive force that spearheaded WCU's first victory over Chattanooga (Sept. 30) since 2008, collecting Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 2 ... Finished with five total tackles including four solo stops with a pair of sacks and a forced fumble -- one of two sack-fumbles by the Catamount defense in the road win over the Mocs ... Was credited with five quarterback hurries on the season with three pass break-ups.
2016 (Redshirt Junior): Saw action in 10 of the team's 11 games with one start, the first of his collegiate career coming at Samford (Oct. 22) ... Recorded 40 tackles including 25 solo stops and two tackles for loss, both coming on sacks ... Tallied a pair of quarterback hurries ... Blocked a kick in the home win over VMI (Nov. 5), finishing with a career-best eight tackles against the Keydets ... Credited with a tackle and a pass break-up in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in nine games as a reserve along the defensive line and on special teams ... Recorded 31 tackles including 13 solo stops and three tackles for loss ... Recorded tackles in each of the nine games in which he played ... Forced and recovered a fumble against Presbyterian (Oct. 2) ... Tallied half a sack against Mercer (Oct. 10) ... Posted a then career-high seven tackles including three solo stops at Wofford (Oct. 17) ... Credited with one quarterback hurry and batted one pass down at the line of scrimmage ... Recorded five stops including three sacks in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in 10 games as a reserve along the WCU defensive line … Credited with four tackles including two solo stops … Made his collegiate debut in the home-opener against Brevard (Sept. 6) with his first career tackle coming at Furman (Sept. 27) … Converted to linebacker during 2015 spring drills … Playing for the Purple squad, recorded six tackles including two sacks in WCU’s annual Spring Game.
2013 (Freshman): Redshirted.
Prior to Western Carolina: Two-time All-I-Meck Conference selection who was a conference player of the year finalist as a senior ... Played both ways as a defensive end and a tight end on offense ... Also played power forward on the basketball court as a prep earning all-conference accolades.
Personal: Full name Tahjai Henri Watt ... Is the son of Todd Lynch and Constance Watt, both of whom played sports in college ... Has one sibling, Eric Lynch.