Thursday, July 29, 2021

37 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #37 Ty Harris


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 37 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 will highlight a linebacker:

#37 Ty Harris

POSITION Linebacker
CLASS Fifth Year
HOMETOWN Dacula, Ga.

2020-21 (Senior): Started all nine games at linebacker … Led the team with 90 tackles including 50 solo stops and a career-best 8.5 tackles for loss with four sacks … Finished fourth in the Southern Conference with a 9.9 tackle per game average … His 8.5 TFLs ranked him fifth in the league … Posted double-digit tackles in six games and recorded nine-or-more stops in all seven of the SoCon games … Named second-team All-Southern Conference at linebacker by the voting members of the media … Opened the season with 11 tackles at nationally-ranked Liberty (Nov. 14) … Forced a fumble to accompany five tackles at North Carolina (Dec. 5) … Posted a season-high 14 tackles twice including an 11 solo stops, 14 tackle outing against VMI (March 6) and 14 stops against The Citadel (March 13) … Was a preseason second-team All-SoCon selection from the league’s coaches ... Named to the 2020-21 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2019 (Junior): Started all 12 seasonal games at linebacker … Led the Catamounts in tackles in 2019 finishing with a career-best 109 total hits including 45 solo hits and 7.0 tackles for loss ... Ranked fourth in the SoCon with 106 tackles and an average of 8.8 tackles per game … Credited with two quarterback hurries … Posted four double-digit tackle games including a career-high 17 at home against Samford (Nov. 16) ... Claimed SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting 11 tackles including 4.0 TFLs in the overtime victory over ETSU (Nov. 9) … Recovered a fumble to accompany eight tackles against nationally-ranked Alabama (Nov. 23) in the season finale … Named second-team All-Southern Conference by the league’s voting media.

2018 (Sophomore): Started 10 of WCU’s 11 games on the year, missing the season-opener against Newberry … Finished the year ranked fourth on the Catamount defense with 87 total tackles including 46 solo stops and five tackles for loss with a pair of sacks … His 8.7 tackle per game average ranked him fourth in the Southern Conference … Tallied double-digit tackles four times on the season, credited with a single-game career-high 14 on the road at Samford (Oct. 6) … Had 11 stops against Chattanooga (Oct. 13), The Citadel (Nov. 3), and at North Carolina (Nov. 17) … Credited with three QB hurries … Also recorded a pair of interceptions coming in the road games at Furman (Sept. 29) and Samford (Oct. 6), returning both nine yards for a total of 18 yards on the year … Named to the Sophomore All-America team by HERO Sports.

2017 (Freshman): Saw action in all 12 of the team's games on the season on special teams and as a defensive substitution ... Recorded 18 tackles on the season including 12 solo stops with half a tackle for loss ... Made his collegiate debut on the road at Hawai'i (Sept. 2) with his first career tackle coming in the home-opener against Davidson (Sept. 9) ... Posted a career-best three tackles twice - in the road win at Chattanooga (Sept. 30) and in the season-finale against FBS-foe, North Carolina (Nov. 18) ... Made two tackles including half a tackle for loss in the home win over nationally-ranked Samford (Sept. 23).

Prior to Western Carolina: Was highly recruited, originally committed and signed with Army West Point ... Was a running back and outside linebacker as a prep ... Named Honorable Mention All-State in Georgia's Class AAAAAA as a senior ... Rushed for over 1,000 yards with eight touchdowns as a senior ... Also finished with 70 tackles including 43 solo stops as a senior with five tackles for loss including three sacks ... Was a two-star recruit by both and 247Sports.

Personal: Full name is Paul Tyreon Harris ... Is the son of Kisemee and Paul Harris.

Career: Has 301 career tackles including 153 solo stops, 21.0 tackles for loss, and six sacks … Is just 13 tackles shy of WCU’s all-time career top 10.

Tackles: 17, SAMFORD (11/16/19)
Tackles for Loss: 4.0, ETSU (11/9/19)
Sacks: 1, twice (MR: VMI, 9/22/18)
Interceptions: 1, twice (MR: at Samford, 10/6/18)


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