Thursday, July 31, 2014

30 Days 'till Kickoff - #30 A.J. McKoy

It's now 30 days until kickoff of Catamount football at the Raymond James Stadium, home of the University of South Florida Bulls on August 30th in in Tampa, FL.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100 day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

Today we'll continue to highlight defensive backs.

#30 A.J. McKoy


Class: Junior
Hometown: Council, N.C.
High School: East Bladen HS
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 175
Position: DB



2013 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 12 games as a reserve on defense or on special teams ... Finished the year with four tackles, posting tackle assists in four different games ... Returned three kickoffs for a total of 53 yards including a long of 25 yards - all at ACC-foe, Virginia Tech ... Intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards, adding four tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.

2012 (Freshman): Played in 10 of WCU's 11 games on both special teams and in the defensive secondary ... Finished with five tackles on the year including four solo stops ... On kickoff returns, tallied 215 yards on 11 returns including a long of 31 yards at The Citadel ... Recorded his first collegiate tackle on the road at Marshall.

Prior to Western Carolina: Two-way player that broke the East Bladen High career rushing (4,715 yards) and touchdown (87) records ... Was a three-time all-conference and all-county selection, garnering all-area plaudits his final two seasons ... Helped the Eagles post a 48-9 overall record including three Waccamaw Conference championships ... Caught 69 passes for 1,273 yards and 12 scores ... Played in the state championship game as a true freshman, joining the varsity team after eight games ... Gained over 1,000 yards for the jayvee squad ... Also played baseball as a prep, earning both all-conference and all-county accolades in the outfield.

Personal: Full name is Glenn A. McKoy ... Is the son of Glenn McKoy and Latisha Wooten ... Has two younger siblings ... His grandfather, Glenn McKoy Sr., coached high school football for 27 years and is a member of the Fayetteville State Football Hall of Fame ... His grandmother is Phyllis McKoy.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2015 WCU Basketball Prospect - Steven Santa Ana

Steven Santa Ana
Position:  Shooting Guard


Hometown:  Charlotte, NC
High School:  Ardrey Kell High School
Height:  6'4"
Weight:  185 lbs
AAU Team:  Team Heat (Charlotte)

3 Star Scout &  VC ranking



Steven has scholarship offers from Western Carolina, as well as Elon, Winthrop, American University, Lipscomb, Bucknell, the Citadel, and Radford.  He is reveiving interest from VMI, Murray State, Louisville and Tennessee.

Quote from PSB Select:  "Steven is the type of kid every coach loves. He’s tough, extremely hard working, and can shoot the lights out. He has the ability to take the ball all the way to the hoop, pull up for a mid range jumper, or extend all the way out to NBA range and knock it down with consistency. Steven’s a very unselfish player and willing passer who has a knack for the game and high basketball IQ. On the defensive end, Steven is quick and physical and is able to put himself in the right position to be an extremely solid defender. Last season he led Ardrey Kell to the quarterfinals of states."


ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
 •1st Team All Conference
 •1st Team All District
 •All Time Ardrey Kell Leader in points, rebounds, steals
 •NC Top 80


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31 Days 'till Kickoff - #31 Devonté Baker

It's now 31 days until kickoff of Catamount football at the Raymond James Stadium, home of the University of South Florida Bulls on August 30th in in Tampa, FL.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100 day football countdown each day until kickoff day. Today we'll continue to highlight defensive backs.

#31 Devonté Baker



Class: Freshman
Hometown: Spring Lake, N.C.
High School: Pine Forest HS
Height / Weight: 5-9 / 160
Position: DB

Prior to Western Carolina: Played both wide receiver and defensive back as a prep ... Named All-Mid South Conference and a team MVP as a senior, guiding the Trojans to a 10-2 record and NCHSAA playoff berth ... Finished 2013 with 39 tackles as a senior ... Recorded five interceptions - tied for the fourth-most in Cumberland County - and returned three for touchdowns ... On offense, caught 18 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown while also rushing 21 times for 143 yards and three scores ... Also ran track as a prep ... High school coach was Bill Sochovka.

Personal: Is the son of Wayne Baker and Keisha Armstrong and stepmother, Sherry Baker ... Has a sister, Tamia Morgan.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2015 WCU Basketball Prospect - Gage Ellis

Gage Ellis
Position:  Shooting Guard


Hometown:  Greenville, SC
High School:  Legacy Charter
Class:  2015
Height:  6'4"
Weight:  175 lbs





Ellis has offers from Western Carolina, as well as the Citadel, Gardner-Webb, Tenn Tech, UNCW & Radford. He has also drawn interest from App State and Coastal Carolina.

3 Star Scout ranking

Quote by NextUpRecruits.com -  "Ellis is a polished guard that scores in a variety of ways. He is a excellent catch and shoot guard, but has the ability to put it on the floor and create his own shot. Gage isn’t unbelievably athletic, but showed this weekend that his athleticism has improved. He was best when attacking the rim the in transition as he had several finishes through contact."


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2015 WCU Basketball Prospect - Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith
Position: Shooting Guard

Hometown:  Delray Beach Florida   (Baltimore, MD)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 195 lbs
Class: 2015
High School:  Elev8 Sports Academy
AAU team:  VA Stars Elite



Smith currently has offers from both Western Carolina and George Washington.  He is drawing interest from DePaul, George Mason, GT, Richmond, VCU, & Florida Gulf Coast.

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32 Days 'till Kickoff - #32 Chris Seaborn

It's now 32 days until kickoff of Catamount football at the Raymond James Stadium, home of the University of South Florida Bulls on August 30th in in Tampa, FL.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100 day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

#32 Chris Seaborn




Class: Freshman
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: B.E.S.T. Academy
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 200
Position: DB

Prior to Western Carolina: Played both sides of the ball as a prep including as a linebacker on defense with time at quarterback and wide receiver on offense ... Recorded 45 tackles including 28 solo stops with two interceptions as a senior ... On offense, scored six touchdowns including four receiving and two on the ground ... Finished with 16 receptions for 247 yards ... Earned first team offense All-Region honors in 4-AAA as a receiver in 2013 ... Also ran track as a prep ... High school coach was Josh Moore.

Personal: Is the son of Cathy Seaborn.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

33 Days 'till Kickoff - #33 Coleman Cunningham

It's now 33 days until kickoff of Catamount football at the Raymond James Stadium, home of the University of South Florida Bulls on August 30th in in Tampa, FL.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100 day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

 #33 Coleman Cunningham




Class: RS Sophomore
Hometown: Cornelia, Ga.
High School: Habersham Central HS
Height / Weight: 5-9 / 185
Position: LB

2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in three games as a reserve before suffering a season-ending knee injury ... Made his collegiate debut on Oct. 5 at Chattanooga ... Was not credited with any stats.

2012: Redshirted.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a two-time All-Region selection, garnering honorable mention as a junior and second team plaudits as a senior ... Posted a career-high 20 tackles - the third most in a single-game in school history - in a game against Loganville ... Was also named All-Region as a wrestler both his junior and senior year, finishing as the state 4-A runner-up in 2012.

Personal: Full name is Coleman Samuel Cunningham ... Is the son of Stuart and Luanne Cunningham ... Has two siblings; Lindy and Lauren.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

34 Days 'till Kickoff - #34 Corey Holloway

It's now 34 days until kickoff of Catamount football at the Raymond James Stadium, home of the University of South Florida Bulls on August 30th in in Tampa, FL.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100 day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

#34 Corey Holloway


Class: Freshman

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

High School: Eagle's Landing HS

Height / Weight: 5-10 / 215

Position: RB






Prior to Western Carolina: Was a four-year varsity letter winner in football ... Is a physical runner with good vision that amassed over 1,300 all-purpose yards including 1,093 on the ground en route to earning his team's MVP award as a senior, helping Eagle's Landing High record a school-record for wins ... Led the team with 10 rushing touchdowns as a part of first team All-Region honors at running back ... Recorded 200 receiving yards as a senior ... Also saw time on defense at linebacker over his final two seasons, tallying 44 tackles including 34 solo stops ... Earned the Good Citizenship Award from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution ... As a junior, rushed for 1,449 yards and nine touchdowns ... High school coach was Joe Teknipp.

Personal: Full name is Corey Justin Holloway ... Is the son of G. Reginald and Donna J.L. Holloway ... Is one of four children in the Holloway family.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Looking at Game 11, VMI

Who: VMI Keydets

When: November 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm (EST)

Where: Bob Waters Field at E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC

Series History:  Western Carolina currently leads the series 17-3. The Cats and Keydets first played in 1978 and last played in 2002, with the Cats owning an eleven game winning streak over VMI. Western Carolina was the last SoCon team the Keydets played in Lexington before their departure from the Southern Conference.

Their coach:  Sparky Woods  - Sparky Woods enters his seventh season as head coach of the VMI football program, and continues to make his mark throughout the program by implementing the philosophy and knowledge attained over an impressive coaching career. Catamount fans might also remember Woods as the head coach of Appalachian State from 1984 -1988.

Last year’s record:   2-10 overall,  1-4 Big South

How they got there:  The Keydets opened the season on the road at CAA's Richmond, dropping the opener to the Spiders, 0-34.  The following week, VMI returned home and picked up a win against Glenville State, 34-27. Remaining at home, the Keydets were beaten the following week by North Greenville, 24-37.  VMI then traveled to Virginia, picking up their third loss of the season, 0-49.  Robert Morris of the Northeast Conference was next to visit Lexington, and pulled out an overtime victory, 21-37. Entering conference play in the Big South, Charleston Southern was next up in Lexington, and the Bucs were able to pull out a hard fought win, 17-25. The Keydets then went on the road for three straight Big South games, at PC, at CCU, and at Liberty.  The Keydets fell at PC, 35-49, the traveled to Number 3 nationally ranked Coastal Carolina, CCU had little trouble with the Keydets, winning 27-66. In the final conference road game at Liberty, the Keydets kept it close, losing to the Flames, 7-17.  The road weary VMI team returned to Lexington for the final BS home game of the season, and the final game against a Big South opponent in Lexington before their departure to the SoCon.  The Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb traveled to Lexington, and fell victim to the Keydets, 27-9.  The following week, renewing their rivalry, VMI traveled to Charleston to meet the Citadel, falling 10-31.  To close out the season, Bucknell of the Patriot League traveled to Lexington, winning 35-23 over the Keydets.

The last game vs. VMI:  Nov 2, 2002  -  Western Carolina quarterbacks Pat Cilento and Brian Gaither combined for 350 yards passing and four touchdowns to lead Western Carolina past VMI, 35-23, in the final Southern Conference game played at Alumni Memorial Field in Lexington. The Catamount win was the 11th straight for Western over the Keydets and snapped VMI's three-game win streak. With the win, WCU improves to 5-5, 3-4 in the Southern Conference, while VMI fell to 5-5 and 2-4 in the SoCon.

Letterwinners returning/lost:  34 - 20
Offense:  15 - 9
Defense: 18 - 9
Special Teams: 1 - 2

Starters Returning/Loss:  14 - 10

Offensive starters - Returning/Lost:   6 - 5

Defensive starters - Returning/Lost:  7 - 4

Specialist Returning/Lost:  1 - 1

2013 Statistics:
Scoring:  19.6 points per game
Rushing Offense:  89 yards per game
TDs rushing:  9 rushing touchdowns
Passing Offense:  238.8 yards per game
TDs passing:  20 passing touchdowns
Total Offense:  327.8 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost:  22 - 11
Penalties-Yards:  76 - 597 yards (49.8 yds per game)
On-side kicks:  0 - 4
3rd Down Conversions:  58 of 167  (35%)
4th Down Conversions:  6 of 16  (38%)
Field Goals - Attempts:  9 of 16
Red-Zone Scores:  20 of 29  (69%)
Red-Zone Touchdowns:  16 of 29  (55%)

Losses/Weaknesses:
Key Losses -  Eric Koenbrock - QB, Patrick Goulden & Will Lucas - OL, James Rogers - WR, Mario Thompson - TE, Weston Reber & Ty Garvin - LB

Strengths:  At the SoCom Media Day, the Keydets were picked to finish in eighth place.  VMI had one player selected on the all conference team, Andrew Marcotte, senior offensive line.  Redshirt Sophomore Hayden Alford (QB) will probably get the starting nod, Alford  replaces starter Eric Koenbrock, and played in 4 games, completing 8 passes for 98 yards and no interceptions.
Returning Leaders:  Derrick Ziglar - RB, Deon Watts - RB, Same Patterson - WR,

Stat leaders -
Rushing -
Derrick Ziglar  148 attempts, 768 yards, 69.8 avg game,  5 tds
Deon Watts  56 attempts,  182 yards,  16.5 avg. game,  1  td

Passing -
Hayden Alford  8 completions, 13 attempts  98 yards

Receiving -
Sam Patterson  38 receptions,  646 yards,  17.0 avg,  8 tds
Derrick Ziglar  25 receptions, 336 yards,  13.4 avg,  1  td

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35 Days 'till Kickoff - #35 Keion Crossen

It's now 35 days until kickoff of Catamount football at the Raymond James Stadium, home of the University of South Florida Bulls on August 30th in in Tampa, FL.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100 day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

#35 Keion Crossen



Class: Freshman
Hometown: Garysburg, N.C.
High School: Northampton County HS
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 160
Position: DB







Prior to Western Carolina: A four-sport athlete who played quarterback and in the defensive secondary as a safety on the football gridiron ... Rushed for 1,752 yards and 20 touchdowns on offense and recorded a team-high seven interceptions as a senior... Recorded a 419 yard rushing performance with four touchdowns in a win over Granville Central ... Named N.C. Preps 1-A All-State as a defensive back ... Earned "best camper" title at the Steve Wilkes Defensive Back Camp ... Also ran track as a prep, finishing second in the state at the 1-A level in the 400-meter dash ... High school coach was George Privott.

Personal: Is the son of Winnie Webb.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

WCU Head Coach Mark Speir at SoCon Media Day


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36 Days 'till Kickoff - #36 Richard Sigmon

It's now 36 days until kickoff of Catamount football at the Raymond James Stadium, home of the University of South Florida Bulls on August 30th in in Tampa, FL.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100 day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

Today we'll highlight kickers.

#36 Richard Sigmon


Class: Senior
Hometown: Mount Holly, N.C.
High School: East Gaston HS
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 185
Position: K/P



2013 Junior: Saw action in all 12 of the team's games, handling primary placekicking duties including kickoffs, field goals and PATs ... Averaged nearly 54 yards per kickoff on 48 attempts with six touchbacks in the fall ... His 53 points scored was second on the WCU squad and ranked seventh in the SoCon in terms of kick scoring, averaging 4.4 points per game including 23 made PATs and 10 made field goals ... Finished 10-of-13 (76.9%) on field goals, third in the league among kickers with 10-or-more attempts ... His 0.83 field goals per game average ranked him fifth in the SoCon ... Was a perfect 8-for-8 on field goals inside of 39 yards ... Earned SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week - and honorable mention at place kicker from the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) - in the days after WCU's memorable Homecoming Day victory over Elon that snapped the program's 26-game winless drought in league play ... Opened the game's scoring with a 41-yard field goal before connecting on all three PAT's including the game-tying boot at the end of regulation ... Then, in the extra session, he kicked the game-winning 39-yard field goal ... Connected on a career-long 49-yard field goal at Auburn ... Finished 23-of-26 on PATs ... Named to the 16th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) All-Star Team - the fifth Catamount to earn the recognition since 2000 ... Named to the 2013 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team and to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Booted a 22-yard field goal in WCU's annual Spring Game.

2012 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games as the team's primary placekicker while also handling kickoffs ... Kicked off 49 times for 2,714 yards with seven touchbacks and a 55.4 yard per kick average ... Finished 6-of-12 on field goals including a career-long 40-yarder at Marshall ... Hit 23 of his 25 PAT attempts, totaling 43 points on the season to rank second on the team ... Booted a career-high two field goals in the season opener against Mars Hill ... Twice connected on four PATs in a game against both Mars Hill and at The Citadel ... Credited with two tackles ... Named to the 2012 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team and to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll.

2011 (Freshman): Saw action in all 11 games on special teams, handling kickoffs ... Kicked 41 times for 2,161 yards with one touchback, averaging 52.7 yards per kick ... Booted two out-of-bounds ... Kicked off a career-high nine times in the home-opener against Mars Hill ... Named to WCU's Dean's List.

Prior to Western Carolina: A two-time All-Mega-7 Conference selection who garnered first team Gaston Gazette honors as a senior ... Was named Dynamic Performance Sports 2010 Kicker of the Year... Finished his prep career 16-for-21 on field goal attempts including four field goals of over 40 yards during his senior season ... Held a 38-yard punting average as a senior ... Went 6-for-7 on field goals as a junior with his lone miss of the season blocked ... Was a 4.5 star kicker by Chris Sailer kicking exposure camp ... Additionally played club soccer for the North Meck Soccer Club for seven years.

Personal: Full name is Richard DeWitt Sigmon ... Is the son of Mike and Jeannie Sigmon.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

37 Days 'till Kickoff - #37 K.P. Hicks

It's now 37 days until kickoff of Catamount football at the Raymond James Stadium, home of the University of South Florida Bulls on August 30th in in Tampa, FL.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100 day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

#37 K.P. Hicks


Class: RS Junior
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Home School
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 210
Position: LB




2013 (Redshirt Sophomore): Saw action in 10 games on the year, all as a substitution on defense and on special teams ... Credited with nine seasonal tackles including five solo stops ... Tallied a career-best three tackles in the home win against Mars Hill Named to the 2013 Fall Academic All-SoCon team ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Was a student representative on WCU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. 2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 11 games on the season as a reserve in the defensive secondary and on special teams ... Credited with five tackles on the year including three solo stops ... Named to the 2012 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team ... Paced the defense with 11 credited tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.

2011 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Selected as WCU's defensive scout team player of the week following the Wofford game ... Named to WCU's Dean's List ... Held out of the 2012 spring drills due to injury.

Prior to Western Carolina: Played defensive end and outside linebacker for the Charlotte AFC Rangers, a team that is a part of the Carolinas Christian Athletic Association (CCAA) ... Earned first team all-conference accolades at outside linebacker and punter his senior season, as well as second team All-CCAA as a kicker helping guide his team to the conference and state title is his final year as a prep ... Picked up all-conference plaudits at defensive end his junior year ... As a sophomore, was awarded second team all-conference at outside linebacker.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Southern Conference Preseason Polls Released

The 2014 Southern Conference Preseason Poll was released this morning at the SoCon Football Media Day.  Below is the outcome of the voting of both the coaches poll and media poll.   

The Cats finished both polls in fifth place, the highest ranking in pre season since 2005.  


Coaches Poll
1. Chattanooga  (6)

2. (t) Furman   (1)
2. (t) Samford  (1)
4. Wofford
5. Western Carolina
6. The Citadel
7. Mercer
8. VMI


Media Poll

1. Chattanooga  (29)
2. Furman  (1)
3. Samford
4. Wofford
5. Western Carolina
6. The Citadel
7. Mercer
8. VMI



Offensive Player of the Year:   Jacob Huesman, Jr., QB, Chattanooga
Defensive Players of the Year:  Davis Tull, Sr., DL, Chattanooga

First Team Offense
QB         Jacob Huesman, Jr., QB, Chattanooga
RB         Hank McCloud, Sr., Furman
RB         Keon Williams, Sr., Chattanooga
OL         Charles Emert, Sr., Furman
OL         Gunnar Bromelow, Jr., Samford
OL         Synjen Herren, Jr., Chattanooga
OL         Josh Wineberg, Jr., Western Carolina
OL         T.J. Chamberlin, Jr., Wofford
TE          Faysal Shafaat, Sr., Chattanooga
WR        Andrej Suttles, So., Furman
WR        Karnorris Benson, Jr., Western Carolina

First Team Defense
DL         Justin Oxendine, Sr., The Citadel
DL         Gary Wilkins, Sr., Furman
DL         Davis Tull, Sr., Chattanooga
DL         Tarek Odom, Sr., Wofford
LB          Carl Robinson, Sr., The Citadel
LB          Marcus McMorris, Sr., Furman
LB          Carl Rider, Jr., Furman
DB         Reggie Thomas, Jr., Furman
DB         James Bradberry, Jr., Samford
DB         Jaquiski Tartt, Sr., Samford
DB         Sertonuse Harris, Jr., Western Carolina

First Team Specialists
PK         Warren Handrahan, So., Samford
P           Greg Peranich, Sr., Samford
RS         Shaun Warren, Sr., Western Carolina

Second Team Offense
QB         Reese Hannon, Jr., Furman
RB         Darius Ramsey, Jr., Western Carolina
RB         Will Gay, Jr., Wofford
OL         Joe Turner, Jr., Furman
OL         C.H. Scruggs, Jr., Samford
OL         Corey Levin, So., Chattanooga
OL         Andrew Marcotte, Sr., VMI
OL         Anton Wahrby, So., Wofford
TE          Tony Philpot, Jr., Samford
WR        Karel Hamilton, So., Samford
WR        Terryon Robinson, So., Western Carolina

Second Team Defense
DL         Ira McCune, Sr., Furman
DL         Jerry Mathis, Sr., Samford
DL         Josh Freeman, Jr., Chattanooga
DL         Derrick Lott, Sr., Chattanooga
LB          Bobby Wilson, Jr., Samford
LB          Christon Gill, Sr., Western Carolina
LB          Kevin Thomas, Sr., Wofford
DB         Trey Robinson, So., Furman
DB         Ace Clark, Sr., Western Carolina
DB         Chris Armfield, So., Wofford
DB         Bernard Williams, Sr., Wofford

Second Team Specialists
PK         Richard Sigmon, Sr., Western Carolina
P           Nick Pollard, Sr., Chattanooga
RS         Will Gay, Jr., Wofford

A total of 8 Catamounts selected on the All-Conference teams.  Congratulations to all those Catamounts selected.   

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Looking at Game 10, Samford

Who:  Samford Bulldogs

When:  November 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm (CST)

Where:  Seibert Stadium, Birmingham, AL

Series history:   The Cats are 1-9 against the Bulldogs since winning the first outing back in 1969. Samford owns an eight game winning streak against Western and the Cats are 1-4 in games played in Seibert Stadium.

Their coach:  Pat Sullivan  - Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan enters his seventh season as head coach of the Samford Bulldogs. Coming off their most successful season since joining the SoCon, Sullivan led his Bulldogs to a share of the 2013 SoCon Football Championship.

Last year’s record:   8-5 overall,  6-2 Southern.   The Bulldogs shared the SoCon Championship with Chattanooga and Furman, both of which ended the season with identical 6-2 conference records.

How they got there:   Samford opened the 2013 season on the road at Georgia State where they picked up their first FBS win over hapless Georgia State,  31-21.  The next week was not so kind to the Bulldogs as they dropped a game to Arkansas , 21-31 in Little Rock, AR.  Samford remained on the road the following week, traveling to Tallahassee, FL, where they picked up win #2 with a seven point win over Florida A&M.  Week number four brought the Bulldogs back to Birmingham to meet Southeastern Louisiana, however the Dogs dropped the contest by 3 points in a loss to the Lions.  The following week, the Cats traveled to Birmingham and suffered the second largest defeat of the season, a 62-23 loss.  Georgia Southern was next to travel to Birmingham, and suffered the same outcome as the Cats in a 44-24 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs. Samford traveled to Boone the following week, and  beat the Apps 34-10, then traveled the following week to Spartanburg and knocked off the Terriers 34-27. Remaining on the road the next two games the Bulldogs drop to conference games, first at the Citadel (26-28), then at Furman (17-35). The Bulldogs returned home for their last two conference games, beating both Chattanooga and Elon.  The Bulldogs closed out the season at Jacksonville State, getting blown out, 14-55.

Last season's game vs. Chattanooga:  September 28, 2013 - The Catamounts overcame an early 14-0 deficit with 10 straight points including quarterback Troy Mitchell's first rushing score of the season and a 27-yard field goal by Richard Sigmon. But the Bulldogs pulled away from there as on the ensuing kickoff after Sigmon's boot, dangerous all-purpose back Fabian Truss returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Summerlin completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cephus late in the second quarter. The Bulldogs led at halftime, 28-10. Samford added to its advantage in the second half as Summerlin threw two more touchdown passes, including a 68-yard strike to Gavin Sinclair.

Offensive Formation:  Multiple

Defensive Formation:  4-3

Starters Returning/Loss:  11 - 11

Offensive starters - Returning/Lost:    5 - 6

Defensive starters - Returning/Lost:   6 - 5

Specialist Returning/Lost:   3 - 0

2013 Statistics:
Scoring:  30.1 points per game
Rushing Offense:  122.8 yards per game
TDs rushing:  16 on the season
Passing Offense:  292.8 yards per game
TDs passing:  29 on the season
Total Offense:  415.6 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost:  19 - 11 lost
Penalties-Yards:  72 -  for  636 yards (48.9 ypg average)
On-side kicks:  0 - 2
3rd Down Conversions:  75 of 186  (40.3%)
4th Down Conversions:  6 of 10 (60%)
Field Goals - Attempts:  19 of 24
Red-Zone Scores:  46 of 56  (82%)
Red-Zone Touchdowns:  29 of 56   (51.7%)

Losses/Weaknesses: -  The Bulldogs must replace 6 starters, most notably the SoCon player of the year in quarterback Andy Summerlin as well as All American running back Fabian Truss.  At wide receiver Samford will be without the services of two seniors.

Key Losses - All American Fabian Truss (RB), the 2013 SoCon Offensive Player of the Year - QB Andy Summerlin, Wide Receivers Kelsey Pope & Chris Cephus

Strengths:  Arizona State transfer Michael Eubank and junior Carson Barnett will compete for the starting QB position.  Eubank spent two season as a backup QB for Arizona State, while Barnett served as back up to Summerlin.  At running back Jereiha Gates and Stanley Robinson are leading candidates to replace Truss

Returning Leaders: All American Safety Jaquiski Tartt, Kyle Champion - OL, CH Scruggs - OL, Jordan Boatright - OL, Gunnar Bromelow - OL, Karel Hamilton - WR, Michael Pierce - DL, Jerry Mathis - DL, Cavin Ruff - DL, Justin Cooper - LB, Clavin Ruff - LB, James Bradberry - CB


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