Leaving it all on the field

E.J. Whitmire Stadium sits quietly, as it waits for the boys of fall to play once
again in the Cullowhee Valley. For most, next season can’t get here soon
enough, but for the seniors, next season is a thing of the past. On November
19, when the final whistle blew, 13 senior Catamounts played their last game
for Western Carolina University. All of these seniors will go on to do big
things in each of their lives, but the impressions and the legacy that they
left on the football team remains.

Defensive lineman Brian Johnson reflected on how the seniors helped him to be the key player that he has become. “I had a good relationship with Trey Selby and Jideofo,” said Johnson. “I watched Trey closely since my freshman year. Watched how hard he worked, and learned his technique. Really enjoyed starting alongside him his senior year. And I really enjoyed Dafo’s competitive nature and passion for the game. His energy really fed off to me and was contagious.”The loss of these athletes is more than just a hole. To the Catamounts, they are a reminder of how to overcome adversity.