Fifteen student-athletes graduated with honors as 41 walked across the stage to earn their degrees from Western Carolina.
14 WCU seniors play in their final game at Whitmire Stadium
Catamounts rush a season-high 57 times in road loss
Freshman Garrett Brown hauls in 61-yard TD in the loss
Senior Class Reflections
Western Carolina defeated Mars Hill in its home opener, 52-31, at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.
2010 (Junior): Started six of the nine games in which he saw action ... Missed the regular season finale at Elon after suffering a slight concussion ... Finished with 52 total tackles including 20 solo stops and a pair of tackles for loss ... Had three-or-more tackles in seven of the nine games ... Recorded a career-high 13 tackles including one for loss against Chattanooga, also forcing a fumble against the Mocs ... Was named the team's defensive MVP following the game against UTC ... Reached double-digit tackles at Furman with 11 ... Had one pass breakup on the season.
2009 (Sophomore): Saw action in nine games as a defensive substitution, missing two at mid-season after suffering a concussion ... Finished with eight total tackles including five solo stops and half a tackle for loss ... Recovered a fumble at Georgia Southern on a muffed Eagle punt that resulted in a WCU field goal ... Missed both the Wofford and Chattanooga games.
2008 (Freshman): Started three of the seven games in which he saw action, suffering a season-ending arm injury at Wofford ... Made his first career start against Presbyterian ... Recorded 22 tackles on the season including 14 unassisted and one pass break-up ... Posted a then career-high eight tackles, four solo, at The Citadel.
Prior to Western: A three-time All-Area selection, garnering the honor at three different positions (wide receiver as a sophomore, linebacker as a junior and first team at free safety as a senior) ... Help guide White County High to its first-ever state playoff appearance in his final season ... As a receiver, caught 69 passes for 1,047 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Defensively his final two years, accumulated 172 total stops including 95 solo stops with seven interceptions and two scores ... Finished with a career-best 104 total hits and five picks as a senior ... Off the gridiron, helped establish the school benchmark on the track in the boy's 4x100-meter relay.
Personal: Is the son of Anthony Vaught and Tracy Thomason ... Has two siblings, Amanda Vaught and Brookly Rose Thomason ... His grandfather (Don Carter) was a high school All-American and played collegiate football at LSU ... Was born in Sylva.