The long journey for second-year coach Mark Speir and the Western Carolina University football team continues. The Catamounts, who haven't had a winning season since 2005 (they were 5-4 that year), hope to take another positive step in that direction this season. Despite being picked to finish dead last in the Southern
Conference this fall, the Catamounts have added another talented player to the mix.
Lee Pattillo, who played at Swain County High, has transferred to Western Carolina during the summer of 2013. Pattillo was a preferred walk on at North Carolina State last fall. He's a red-shirt freshman.
Pattillo Was an anchor for the Maroon Devils defense at Swain County High; he Was named to the NCPrep,com All-State Class1A team on the defensive side at linebacker after leading the 2011 squad in tackles.
His father, Sam Pattillo, is the former head football coach at Swain County. He led the Maroon Devils to 31 wins in three seasons and was named the WNC Coach of the Year, as well as the Smoky Mountain Conference Coach of the Year. Swain County won the NCHSAA Class 1-AA football championship in 2011 during his final season as head coach. He officially resigned in January of 2012.
N.C. State’s loss was Western Carolina University’s gain in the case of the leading tackler from Swain County’s last state-championship football team.
Pattillo, a native of Bryson City, N.C., stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 210 pounds. He averaged a team-high eight tackles a game during his senior year at Swain County.
The Catamounts open the seasson at Middle Tennessee State on Thursday, August 29.
2013 WESTERN CAROLINA SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Thurs., Aug. 29 at Middle Tennessee
Sat., Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech
Sat., Sept. 14 THE CITADEL *
Sat., Sept. 21 MARS HILL
Sat., Sept. 28 at Samford *
Sat., Oct. 5 at Chattanooga *
Sat., Oct. 12 at Auburn
Sat., Oct. 19 WOFFORD *
Sat., Oct. 26 ELON * (HOMECOMING)
Sat., Nov 9 at Georgia Southern *
Sat., Nov. 16 FURMAN *
Sat., Nov. 23 at Appalachian State *
Sat., Nov. 30 NCAA FCS Playoffs 1st Round TBA TBA