Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 football countdown each day until kickoff Saturday.
Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.
It's now 75 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.
Today, we'll highlight an Offensive Lineman:
#75 Zach Hayes
POSITION Offensive Line
CLASS Redshirt Freshman
HOMETOWN Jonesboro, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL Jonesboro HS
2020-21 (Redshirt Freshman): Did not see game action.
2019 (Freshman): Played in three games on special teams and as a reserve along the offensive line, remaining eligible for a redshirt … Made his collegiate debut in the home overtime win over ETSU (Nov. 9), playing in the final three games of the season.
Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner … Two-time all-county selection and was also selected all-region and all-state … Did not allow a sack from his left tackle position over his final two varsity seasons … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Three-sport athlete, competing in baseball and throwing the shot put in track & field ... High school coach was Daniel Brunner.
Personal: Full name is Zachary Hayes … Is the son of Dawn Carter and Nathan Hayes … Has one sibling, Carter … His father played collegiate football at North Carolina.