Wednesday, August 8, 2018

24 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #24 Shamon Elliott

It's now 24 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 1, 2018, against the Newberry College Wolves, in Cullowhee.

For the season's kick-off game, the Cats will host a "White Out" in E.J. Whitmire Stadium as the Cats sport their all-white look, white Adidas jerseys over white pants; and for the fourth-straight year, a post game fireworks extravaganza.

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, and knowledgeable of the team members, we'll continue the 100-day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

Today we'll highlight a Defensive Back

#24 Shamon Elliott

Position:  Defensive Back
Height/Weight: 6'0"  190
Class: Junior
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.
High School: Terry Sanford HS

2017 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 of the team's games making six starts in the WCU defensive secondary ... Finished with 24 tackles including 19 solo stops ... Tallied three pass break-ups ... Recorded three interceptions including two in the home-opening win over Davidson (Sept. 9) in addition to three tackles ... Intercepted a pass and broke up a pass to go along with two tackles in the road win at VMI (Oct. 21) ... Posted a season-high six tackles with five solo stops against Mercer (Nov. 11).

2016 (Freshman): Appeared in seven games with four starts in the defensive secondary ... Saw his first collegiate action in the home win over Gardner-Webb (Sept. 10) where he recorded his first tackle, with his first start coming at Mercer (Oct. 15) ... Finished the year with 32 total tackles including 22 solo stops and one tackle for loss ... Tallied one pass break-up and one quarterback hurry on a blitz, both coming at Samford (Oct. 22) where he recorded a career-high 11 tackles ... Credited with five tackles including a pair of tackles for loss and two sacks during WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Recorded 119 tackles in 2015 - 10th in the Cape Fear region - as a senior ... Added four interceptions and scored a pair of touchdowns in his final season as a prep ... Was a first-team All-Cape Fear Valley Conference selection as a senior ... Named second-team defense on the 2015 Fayetteville Observer All-Cape Fear Region team ... Helped lead his high school team to back-to-back conference championships and into the third round of the state playoffs in his final two seasons ... High school coach was Bryan Till ... Also played basketball at Terry Sanford HS, helping guide his squad to a North Carolina 3-A boy's state championship in 2015 as a junior - the first for the program in 50 years.

Personal: Full name is Shamon Jerome Elliott ... Is the son of Calvin and Kathryn Elliott ... Has two younger siblings, Imani Elliott and Jah'mez Autry.

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations 

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