Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Countdown to Kickoff: 43 Days - #43 Marcus Stokes

Cullowhee, NC - It's now 43 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.

#43 Marcus Stokes 

Hometown: Roswell, Ga.
High School: Lassiter HS
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 220
Position: LB

2011 (Sophomore): Appeared in all 11 games making three starts at linebacker at mid-season ... Made his first collegiate start against Furman, collecting nine tackles ... Finished seventh on the team with 48 total tackles including 23 solo stops and one tackle for loss ... Posted a tackle in all 11 games ... Forced a fumble and tallied his first career interception to go along with five tackles against Elon ... Recorded a career-high 10 tackles against Wofford ... Returned four kickoffs as an up-back for 35 yards including a long of 11 yards ... Named to the 2011 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team and to WCU's Dean's List. 

2010 (Freshman): Played in seven of the 11 games on the season but did not record any official stats ... Recorded a pass breakup during the short scrimmage segment of the team's final spring practice. Prior to Western: Played for head coach Chip Lindsey at Lassiter High in Marietta, Ga. ... Earned second team All-County both his junior and senior seasons accumulating over 200 tackles during that same span ... Garnered Defensive Player of the Week plaudits four times between his junior and senior seasons ... Helped guide Lassiter to a Region 6AAAAA Championship in 2009 as a senior captain with an undefeated, 10-0, season ... Returned an interception for a touchdown in a win over South Gwinnett HS during his senior season. 

Personal: Is the son of Gary and Sarah Stokes ... Has two sisters, Brittany and Alyssa ... His youngest sister, Alyssa, plays collegiate basketball at North Georgia University.

Courtesy WCU Sports Information

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