Saturday, July 29, 2017

35 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #35 Keion Crossen

It's now 35 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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 each day until kickoff.

Today we'll highlight a linebacker...

 #35 Keion Crossen

Class: Senior
Hometown: Garysburg, N.C.
High School: Northampton County HS
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 180
Position: DB

2016 (Junior): Started 10 of the 11 games in which he saw action, missing the start against Chattanooga ... Finished with a single-season, career-best 61 tackles including 43 solo stops and three for loss ... Twice posted double-digit tackle games with a career-high 12 at Mercer (Oct. 15) and 10 at Samford (Oct. 22) ... Credited with seven pass break-ups ... Named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 7 after returning a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown and intercepting a pass with a 65-yard return in the home win over VMI (Nov. 5), finishing with 103 all-purpose yards ... Also participated in track & field in the spring semester, earning SoCon Track Athlete of the Week on May 4 ... Returned one kickoff 35 yards at South Carolina (Nov. 19) ... Was the SoCon men's champion in the 100-meter dash, setting a WCU school-record in the preliminary rounds with a time of 10.33 which qualified him for the NCAA East Preliminary ... Tallied a pair of interceptions including one returned 60 yards for a touchdown in WCU's annual Spring Game.

2015 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 11 games, each as a defensive reserve and on special teams ... Credited with 20 tackles including 13 solo stops ... Twice recorded a career-best five tackles against Mars Hill (Sept. 5) and at Wofford (Oct. 17) ... Intercepted two passes, tallying his first career pick against Mars Hill and second against Wofford, also charting a pass break-up at SEC-foe, Tennessee (Sept. 19) ... On special teams, returned two kickoffs for a total of 35 yards including a long of 22 yards at Chattanooga (Oct. 31).

2014 (Freshman): Played in all 12 games on special teams and as a defensive substitution ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at USF (Aug. 30) ... Finished with 17 tackles including 11 solo stops ... Credited with four pass break-ups ... Tallied his first career tackle at home against Brevard (Sept. 6) ... Posted a then career-high four tackles including three solo stops against Catawba (Sept. 13) ... Tallied his first pass break-up at Mercer (Oct. 18) ... Tallied one rush on offense, carrying the ball 16 yards on an end-around vs. The Citadel (Oct. 25) ... Also returned one kickoff 21 yards at Samford (Nov. 8) ... Playing for the Purple squad, credited with four tackles including one for loss and a pair of pass break-ups in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: A four-sport athlete who played quarterback and in the defensive secondary as a safety on the football gridiron ... Rushed for 1,752 yards and 20 touchdowns on offense and recorded a team-high seven interceptions as a senior... Recorded a 419 yard rushing performance with four touchdowns in a win over Granville Central ... Named N.C. Preps 1-A All-State as a defensive back ... Earned "best camper" title at the Steve Wilkes Defensive Back Camp ... Also ran track as a prep, finishing second in the state at the 1-A level in the 400-meter dash ... High school coach was George Privott.

Personal: Is the son of Winnie Webb and Thomas Crossen ... Has an older sister, Tanisha Crossen, and an older brother, Travis Williams.

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations


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