It's now 61 days until kickoff of Catamount football at Western Carolina's E.J. Whitmire Stadium. The Catamounts open the season on Thursday, August 30, 2012 against Mars Hill College.
To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100 day football countdown.
#61 not assigned, we'll highlight another assistant coach
Hometown: High Point, N.C.
High School: T. W. Andrews HS
Position: Defensive Assistant (Secondary)
Alma Mater: Western Carolina
Chris Collins joined the Western Carolina coaching staff as a Defensive Assistant prior to the spring drills in 2011 after spending the previous year as a student assistant during the 2010 season. He has worked primarily with the linebackers, a position he played for the Catamounts during his collegiate career, and under new head coach Mark Speir will assist with the defensive secondary.
Collins, a four-year letterwinner, closed his careeer by being named All-Southern Conference by the voting members of the SoCon Sports Media Association (SCSMA) as a senior after tallying a career-high 109 tackles including 63 solo stops. He added 12.5 tackles for loss playing the "hybrid" linebacker position in WCU's 4-2-5 scheme.
Through 44 career games, the High Point, N.C., native finished with 303 career hits including 166 solo tackles and 19 tackles for a combined 93 yards in losses. A ball-hawk, Collins finished with nine forced fumbles with a SoCon-leading six coming during his junior season. He was also credited with five pass break-ups.
Collins played in 10-or-more games in each of his four seasons in Cullowhee.
Off the field, Collins was named to the 2007 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team.
Courtesy WCU Sports Information