Sunday, August 28, 2022

6 days to WCU Football Kickoff - Terrence Horne & K.J. Milner

Welcome to the twelfth annual Catamount Football  "100 days to WCU Football Kickoff Countdown".

It's now 6 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 3rd, 2022, against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, on Buccaneer Field in Charleston, SC

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 day.

Today we will highlight two players assigned to  #6, one offense, one defense, a wide receiver and a defensive lineman:

#6 Terrence Horne

POSITION Wide Receiver
CLASS Junior
HOMETOWN Miami, Fla.

2021 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 of the team's games with five starts at wide receiver ... Finished with 14 catches for 213 yards and a touchdown, adding one rush for 18 yards on offense ... Returned 15 kickoffs for a total of 291 yards including a long of 34 yards ... Amassed 522 all-purpose yards on the season ... Started his WCU debut in the season opener against Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 4), catching two passes for 15 yards ... Caught his WCU career-high three passes for 22 yards at Gardner-Webb (Sept. 25) ... Scored on a 42-yard reception at Chattanooga (Oct. 2) ... Posted a career-high 71 receiving yards as a part of a career-best 169 all-purpose yards in the home win over Furman (Nov. 6), returning five kicks for a combined 80 yards.

Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU in the summer of 2021 from South Florida through the transfer portal;

South Florida: Saw action in 20 career games at USF, catching 15 passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns including two in 2019 … Posted a career-long 24-yard TD reception at East Carolina in 2019 … Also returned 14 kicks for 418 yards with two TDs, both coming in his redshirt freshman season in 2018 … Earned American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors after tying an NCAA record with two kickoff returns of 98 and 97 yards for TDs in the win over ACC-foe, Georgia Tech … Also named to the Paul Hornung Award national honor roll and the College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Performer of the Week … Suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice in mid-September of his redshirt freshman season;

High School: Named 2017 second-team Class 8A All-State by in helping his team to a 9-2 record and a playoff appearance ... Caught a 55-yard touchdown to help his team capture the District 12-8A championship in 2017 … As a senior, caught 36 passes for 780 yards and 11 touchdowns with five 100-yard receiving games … Was the 100-meter champion in the 2018 FHSAA 4A State Track and Field Championships, posting a time of 10.48 ... Has a career-best 100-meter time of 10.29 ... As a junior, finished second in the state championships in the 100 meters and was named to the All-Broward boys track team in the 100, 200 and 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams…won the district and region 100 meters.

Personal: Is the son of Vanessa Cotton and Terrence Horne.

#6 K.J. Milner

Defensive Line
CLASS Senior
HOMETOWN Hinesville, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL Bradwell Institute

2022 (Senior): Was named to the fourth-team preseason All-Southern Conference by Phil Steele.

2021 (Junior): Started all 11 of the team's games along the defensive line ... Led WCU's defensive linemen with 38 total tackles, tied for the sixth-most on the squad, including 11 solo stops and six tackles for loss with 1.5 sacks ... Posted at least one tackle in all 11 games, matching his career-high of seven twice - at Gardner-Webb (Sept. 25) that included a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss and had seven stops against Furman (Nov. 6)... Forced and recovered a fumble on the year, falling on the loose football for a takeaway at Gardner-Webb and recording a sack/fumble against ETSU (Nov. 13) ... Credited with two quarterback hurries ... Was named third-team All-Southern Conference by Phil Steele ... Named to the 2021-22 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2020-21 (Junior): Started all seven of the games in which he saw action, missing the final two games of the spring semester … Recorded 15 total tackles including seven solo stops with three tackles for loss with a sack … Credited with four quarterback hurries … Posted a season-best three solo stops at Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 21), including a TFL and two hurries … Made a season-high four tackles against The Citadel (March 13).

2019 (Sophomore): Started 11 of WCU’s 12 games along the defensive line … Recorded 41 total tackles, eighth on the defense but was the top defensive lineman … Posted 15 solo tackles and four tackles for loss including one sack and was credited for a team-best seven quarterback hurries … Recovered a pair of fumbles … Tallied five tackles at N.C. State (Sept. 7) and six tackle assists against Furman (Oct. 26) … Posted a season-high seven tackles against Samford (Nov. 16), charting three hurries and recovering a fumble.

2018 (Freshman): Played in eight of the team’s 11 seasonal games, making three starts along the defensive line … Missed the final three games of the regular season … Finished with 15 total tackles with five solo stops … Tallied two tackles for loss including one sack … Credited with two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up … Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener against Newberry (Sept. 1) … Recorded his first career tackles at Gardner-Webb (Sept. 14) … Made his first career start at Furman (Sept. 29), posting a season-high five tackles including four solo stops … Matched his season-best with five tackles at Samford (Oct. 6) … Had one tackle in the triple-overtime game at ETSU (Oct. 27), tallying his first career sack ... Named to the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Starting his prep career on junior varsity, played on the varsity roster all four years … Recorded 66 total tackles including 32 solo stops with a sack as a senior, earning him 2-AAAAAA First Team Defense plaudits … Had a fumble recovery and returned an interception for a touchdown … Was selected to the 2018 Blitz Border Bowl and the 2018 “War of the Border” High School All-Star football game … Earned the football “Captain’s Award” … Posted the highest grade point average on the team and saw time at tight end as a sophomore ... High school coach was Ross Couch … Joined the National Honor Society as a junior … Also participated in track & field as a prep, placing third in the shot put, and was a four-year letter winner in varsity boys basketball as a center and power forward.

Personal: Full name is Willie Keith Milner Jr., but goes by K.J. … Is the son of Francesca and Willie Keith Milner Sr. … Was born in Wurzburg, Germany … Has three younger siblings, Andre, Trey, and Xavier … His father owns a music store and his mother is a United States soldier.

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