Western Carolina's Levon Curtis Heads to Catawba

By: Tom Readling

Western Carolina sophomore wide receiver Levon Curtis will soon be heading to Catawba for the 2009 season.

Curtis is following former Catamount Josh Wright to Salisbury, NC, after both saw significant time for the FCS program just one year ago. Wright is a 5'10 215 pound running back that transferred to Catawba over the winter break and played admirably in the college's annual spring game.

In 2008, Curtis caught a dozen passes during his inaugural collegiate season for 78 yards.

He may be listed as a receiver, but Curtis' services don't end there. His stocky stature at 5'9 210 pounds makes him an ideal weapon in the backfield as a rusher.

Against Chattanooga last year, Curtis recorded a start at running back.

He performed brilliantly by recording 18 attempts for 108 yards in their convincing 27-7 win. For the season, the true freshman tallied 44 carries for 180 rushing yards.

On top of his versatility on offense, Curtis was also one of the starting kick off return men for Western Carolina. He returned 19 total kicks for an average of 19.1 yards per return, and also had a team-high 39 yard return during the 2008 season.

Curtis entered Cullowhee, NC, as one of the top prep wide receivers in the state. As a senior for Western Alamance, he guided the program to a 3A state championship and earned a spot on the 3A first team all-state team.

During their state title win against North Gaston, Curtis accounted for five touchdowns en route to Most Outstanding Player honors. He caught seven passes for 153 yards, while also adding 96 rushing yards in their state championship victory.

As a receiver, he hauled in 69 catches for 1,298 yards and 19 TDs during his final year. At running back, he added on 743 rushing yards and 13 TDs. In all, he accounted for 2,051 total offensive yards and 32 TDs in a single season.

Besides being named first team all-state as a senior, he was also chosen as the 3A Triad Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Curtis is leaving a Western Carolina program that is mourning the loss of defensive back Ja'Quayvin Smalls, who passed away during voluntary workouts last week.

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