Oct. 7, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina senior linebacker Courtland Carson was named the top defensive performer of the week by SouthernPigskin.com it was released on Sunday evening. Carson had a busy Saturday at Chattanooga, finishing with nine total tackles for the Catamount defense.
The weekly honor is the first this season for a Catamount, and the first in Carson's Catamount career.
Seven of Carson's nine tackles were of the solo variety including matching his career-best with 2.5 tackles for a combined nine yards in losses. He also set a career benchmark with 1.5 quarterback sacks on UTC starter, Jacob Huesman, who was sacked a total of four times in the game. A product of Charlotte, N.C., Carson was additionally credited with forcing a Huesman fumble at the goal line to prevent a score. It was just the third fumble by the Mocs on the year, and the only one UTC has lost this season.
Carson additionally broke up a pass play over the middle, leaping from his middle linebacker position to tip the football away from the intended receiver.
To date, Carson leads all defenders in the Southern Conference with 65 tackles through six games with his 39 solo stops tied for the most in the league. His 10.8 tackles per game average ranks second in the SoCon - and is 10th nationally in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Western Carolina concludes a three-game road swing this Saturday afternoon as it again steps out of conference - and up a subdivision - as it travels to Auburn to face the Tigers. Kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium is scheduled for 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.