Thursday, July 15, 2021

51 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #51 Matthew Bair


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 51 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 an offensive lineman: 

#51 Matthew Bair

POSITION  Offensive Line
CLASS  Redshirt Senior
HOMETOWN  Anderson, S.C.

2020-21 (Redshirt Senior): Saw action in eight of the team’s nine games on the year with eight starts along the offensive line … Also saw time on WCU’s special teams.

2019 (Redshirt Junior): Started all 11 of the team’s 12 games in which he saw action along the offensive line and on special teams, missing the N.C. State (Sept. 7) game … Credited with one tackle in the season finale at Alabama (Nov. 23).

2018 (Redshirt Sophomore): Saw action in eight of the team’s 11 games on the season, all as a reserve along the offensive line and on special teams … His eight seasonal appearances came in succession from the season-opener against Newberry (Sept. 1) through the road loss at nationally-ranked ETSU (Oct. 27) … Missed the final three games of the regular season.

2017 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in nine games as a reserve along the offensive line and in special teams ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Hawai'i ... Selected to the 2017 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team and was named to the 2017-18 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2016 (Freshman): Did not see game action; expected to take a redshirt ... Named to the 2016-17 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Named to the High School Sports Report (HSSR) South Carolina Division II AAAA All-State team as an offensive lineman following his senior year ... Also garnered all-region plaudits ... Graded out at 90 percent with 78 pancake blocks and scored a touchdown as a senior ... Was a two-time Offensive Lineman of the Week from the Anderson Area Touchdown Club ... Twice named T.L. Hanna's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman (2014, 2015) and received the Captain's Award in 2015 ... ... High school coach was Bruce Ollis.

Personal: Full name is Matthew David Bair ... Is the son of David and Sonya Bair.

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