Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 Football Preseason Preview: East Tennessee State


Throughout this preseason, Purple & Gold will preview all of Western's 2017 football opponents.

For the seventh game of the season, the Cats return home to face the Buccaneers of East Tennessee State University for their third home game of the season.

Last year, Western and the Bucs revived a series that started in 1932 and abruptly ended in 2003 when the Buccaneers eliminated football. Adding to the revival and new found rivalry between the two teams, the Bucs upset the Cats last season at the Bristol Motor Speedway.


ETSU


When: Saturday, October 14 at 3:30 pm

Where: E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC

Radio: Catamount Sports Network

TV / video:  ESPN3/SoCon Digital Network

The Series: This series stretches back to 1932, with the Cats holding a slim 23-22-1 lead.

The last game played vs. ETSU:  Sept. 17, 2016 - Catamount Football Drops 34-31 Decision to ETSU - BRISTOL, Tenn. - Junior tailback Detrez Newsome scored a career-best four touchdowns on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough as Western Carolina dropped its 2016 Southern Conference football opener, 34-31, to East Tennessee State in front of an ETSU single-game record crowd of 13,863 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Newsome tallied two TDs on the ground to accompany a pair of receiving scores in the loss. The Raeford, N.C., native moved into a tie for ninth-place in school history with his 22nd career rushing score, matching David Mayfield (22, 1984-86). Newsome finished with a combined 172 all-purpose yards including 32 yards rushing, 86 receiving yards on four catches, and 54 yards on kickoff returns.


Head Coach: Carl Torbush was named head coach of the East Tennessee State University football program on June 21, 2013, and tasked with resurrecting a program that will kick off a new era of play in the fall of 2015. Torbush, whose career includes head coaching stops at North Carolina and Louisiana Tech, has built a strong reputation as an outstanding defensive strategist after having served as a defensive coordinator at six FBS programs, including Alabama, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Kansas, Texas A&M and UNC. The most notable coaching stop on Torbush's resume was at North Carolina, where he served as defensive coordinator from 1988-97 before being promoted to head coach for three seasons (1998-2000).



Last Season's Record (ETSU):  2016 - 5-6 overall,  4-2 home,  1-4 away,  2-6 SoCon

Offensive Formation: Spread

Defensive Formation: 3-4

Starters returning/lost: 19 / 3

Offensive starters - Returning/Lost: 10 /  1

Defensive starters - Returning/Lost: 9 /  2

Specialist - Returning/Lost: 7  /  0

In preseason honors, year, red-shirt junior linebacker Dylan Weigel earned second team honors, while senior offensive lineman Alex Rios and junior kicker JJ Jerman joined Weigel on the second team list.  ETSU was picked to finish in 8th place by both the coaches and media polls. The Bucs were picked to finish ninth last season, but finished in seventh place. They pulled a couple of big upsets, beating Western Carolina and finishing the season with a major upset over playoff-bound Samford.

Top Returners:  QB Austin Herink has started all 22 games for the Bucs, RB Jajuan Stinson has 5 career 100 yard rushing games


2016 ETSU Statistics
Rushing Offense: 1776 yards
Yards per game: 134
Yards per rush: 3.5 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 96
TDs rushing: 11
Passing Offense: 1787 yards or 163 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 6 yards
Passing 1st downs: 78
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 171-296-8
TDs Passing: 9
Total Offense: 3261 yards or 297 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 8 - 2
3d Down Conversions: 63 of 163 (39%)
4th Down Conversions: 7 of 10 (70%)
Field goal attempts: 12 - 16
PAT-Attempts: 18 of 19 (95%)
On-side kicks: 0-0
Red Zone Scores: 28 of 31 (90%)
Red Zone Touchdowns: 17 of 31 (55%)
Punts - Yards: 71 - 2565 - Avg per punt: 36


37 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #37 Ty Harris

It's now 37 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a linebacker...

#37 Ty Harris




Class: Freshman
Hometown: Dacula, Ga.
High School: Dacula HS
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 220
Position: LB

Prior to Western Carolina: Was highly recruited, originally committed and signed with Army West Point ... Was a running back and outside linebacker as a prep ... Named Honorable Mention All-State in Georgia’s Class AAAAAA as a senior ... Rushed for over 1,000 yards with eight touchdowns as a senior ... Also finished with 70 tackles including 43 solo stops as a senior with five tackles for loss including three sacks ... Was a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and 247Sports.




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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

38 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #38 Bobby Gibbs

It's now 38 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a defensive back...

#38 Bobby Gibbs








Class: RS Sophomore
Hometown: Randleman, N.C.
High School: Randleman HS
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 195
Position: DB

2016 (Redshirt Sophomore): Saw game action in two games, both coming early in the season … Recorded three tackles on the season … Tallied with two tackles in the season-opener at East Carolina (Sept. 3) with a solo stop in the home win over Gardner-Webb (Sept. 10) … Credited with a tackle in WCU’s annual Spring Game.

2015 (Redshirt Freshman): Was a part of the travel team numerous times, seeing action in one game on the year ... Made his collegiate debut at Tennessee (Sept. 19), where he was credited with a tackle assist.

2014 (Freshman): Redshirted.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year defensive starter for Randleman HS and a two-time All-Pac-6 Conference player ... Recorded three interceptions, had eight pass breakups, and made 35 total tackles as a senior ... Also scored three returns for touchdowns ... Averaged 23 yards on punt returns and 39 yards on kickoff returns, scoring on three returns for TDs .... Also contributed on the offensive side as a wide receiver and kick returner ... During his senior season, tallied 212 rushing yards on 20 carries with a touchdown, adding 161 receiving yards on 10 receptions with three scores.



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

39 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #39 Mitchell Berry

It's now 40 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight another linebacker...

#39 Mitchell Berry







Class: Freshman
Hometown: Clemmons, N.C.
High School: West Forsyth HS
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 225
Position: LB

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year varsity letter winner, progressing up the depth chart from his junior varsity days before getting a chance on the varsity as a sophomore due to a team injury ... Named All-Central Piedmont 4-A Conference as a senior team captain ... Recorded 138 total tackles including 75 solo stops with 18 tackles for loss including four sacks in his final season of high school ... Forced a pair of fumbles ... Also played baseball as a prep ... Made the Academic Honor Roll all four years and was awarded the 2017 Corrigan / Faircloth Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship.

Personal: Is the son of David and Nicole Berry.



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Monday, July 24, 2017

40 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #40 Will Horton

It's now 40 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a kicker...

#40 Will Horton







Class: Freshman
Hometown: Acworth, Ga.
High School: North Cobb HS
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 165
Position: K

Prior to Western Carolina: Named first team placekicker on the Georgia 3-AAAAAAA All-Region team ... According to ProKicker.com rankings, was the No. 3 kicker overall and No. 9 kickoff specialist in the country ... Earned a four and a half star rating from Chris Sailer kicking ... Rated as the nation's top kicker by Ray Guy ProKicker.com Camps ... As a junior, was an honorable mention on the Georgia Class AAAAAA All-State team as a kicker ... High school head coach was Shane Queen.

Personal: Full name is William Archer Horton ... Is the son of Bucky and Kara Horton ... His father is the principal at North Cobb HS.



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Sunday, July 23, 2017

41 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #41 Tyler Mitchell

It's now 41 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight another wide receiver...

#41 Tyler Mitchell










Class: RS Freshman
Hometown: Shelby, N.C.
High School: Thomas Jefferson Academy
Height / Weight: 5-7 / 175
Position: WR

2016 (Redshirt Freshman): Did not see game action ... Hauled in four passes for 96 yards including a scrimmage-best 47 yard catch-and-run to set-up a score in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Accepted a preferred walk-on position on the WCU football team ... Selected to the All-State and US All-American Bowl as a senior ... Gained 1,445 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns as a wide receiver and punt returner ... His high school coach was Jerry Cash.



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Saturday, July 22, 2017

42 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #42 Hunter Jacobs

It's now 42 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight another wide receiver....

#42 Hunter Jacobs








Class: RS Senior
Hometown: Hampstead, N.C.
High School: Topsail HS
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 190
Position: WR

2016 (Redshirt Junior): Played in six games, making his debut in the season-opener at East Carolina (Sept. 3) ... Made his first career reception over the middle against ETSU (Sept. 17) in a game played at the Bristol Motor Speedway, gaining seven yards on the catch.

2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Did not see game action, participating on WCU’s practice squad ... Joined the WCU football team as a walk-on.

Prior to Western Carolina: Played football as a corner back and wide receiver at Topsail High as a prep ... Earned all-conference plaudits at wide receiver as a senior in 2012 as the team claimed its third-straight East Central AA playoff berth ... Served as a student assistant with the WCU offense while recovering from an injury.



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Friday, July 21, 2017

43 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #43 Kendall White

It's now 43 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a line backer....

#43 Kendall White







Class: Junior
Hometown: Jacksonville, N.C.
High School: White Oak HS
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 220
Position: LB

2016 (Junior): Played in all 11 of the team’s games with nine starts at linebacker … Recorded 67 tackles including 37 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss … Intercepted a pass against Chattanooga (Oct. 28), his first career pick … Recovered a fumble against ETSU (Sept. 17) in a game played at the Bristol Motor Speedway … Posted three pass break-ups … Credited with two tackles in WCU’s annual Spring Game.

2015 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 11 games on the season, each coming as a defensive reserve and on special teams ... Finished with 12 tackles including three solo stops ... Recorded a career-best five tackles in the home win over Samford (Oct. 24).

2014 (Freshman): Played in 11 of the team’s 12 games on the season as a defensive reserve … Made his collegiate debut and recorded his first career tackle in the season-opener at USF (Aug. 30) … Recorded five tackles with a then career-high two stops in the road win at Mercer (Oct. 18) … Playing for the Gold squad, recorded five tackles in WCU’s annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Played as a running back and safety at White Oak HS ... Recorded 27 total tackles including 21 solo stops in the fall of 2013 ... Credited with five pass breakups and one interception ... Rushed for 471 yards with 41 yards receiving during his final season ... Finished with seven total touchdowns as a senior including five rushing scores ... Also plays basketball as a prep ... High school football coach was Chad Ashley.

Personal: Is the son of Damon White.



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 Football Preseason Preview: Wofford


Throughout this preseason, Purple & Gold will preview all of Western's 2017 football opponents.  For the sixth game of the season, we'll look at the Wofford Terriers.


The Cats remain on the road this week for a trip to Spartanburg, SC for the fourth road game of the season.


In a series that started in 1952, The Cats & Terriers have played a total of 39 times, and Western has won 2 of the last 3 games against the Terriers.




Wofford



When: Saturday, October 7 at 1:30 pm

Where: Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, SC

Radio: Catamount Sports Network

TV / video: ESPN3/SoCon Digital Network

The Series: The Cats are 14-25 overall against the Terriers. having won the last two of the last three games played.

The last game played vs. Wofford: Oct. 8, 2016 - Catamount Football Tripped by the Wofford Terriers, 31-19 - Cullowhee, N.C. - Redshirt junior receiver Terryon Robinson tied a school-record with 15 receptions including a pair of touchdown grabs on Saturday night, but it was not enough as Western Carolina dropped a 31-19 decision to the Wofford Terriers in Southern Conference action at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. Logan Howard added a pair of field goals as the Catamounts suffered their third-straight defeat of the season. WCU dropped to 1-4 overall, 0-3 in the SoCon while Wofford improved to 4-2 overall, 2-1 in league play.




Head Coach: Mike Ayers - Now entering his 30th season, the leader of the Wofford football program is head coach Mike Ayers. For three decades, Ayers has guided the Terriers from the NAIA and NCAA Division II ranks to Division I and the Southern Conference. Along the way, the team made appearances in the Division II Playoffs in 1990 and 1991, the Division I FCS Playoffs in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016, and claimed Southern Conference titles in 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2012.



Last Season's Record (Wofford): 10-4 overall, 5-1 home, 5-3 away, 6-2 in the SoCon  (lost to Youngstown State in first round of the playoffs in double-overtime, 23-30)

Offensive Formation:  Triple Option

Defensive Formation: Multiple 50

Starters returning/lost:  15 /  10

Offensive starters - Returning/Lost: 6  /  5

Defensive starters - Returning/Lost: 8 /  3

Specialist - Returning/Lost: 1  /  2

Lettermen Returning:  50  (23 offense, 26 defense, 1 specialists)

Lettermen Lost:   27  (14 offense, 11 defense, 2 specialists)

Top returnees: Offensive linemen Ross Demmel, Jared Jacon-Duffy and Roo Daniels, wide receiver R.J. Taylor, and quarterback Brandon Goodson. On defense, the eight returners are defensive linemen Miles Brown, Mikel Horton and Tyler Vaughn, safety Malik Rivera, cornerbacks Devin Watson and George Gbesee, plus linebackers Terrance Morris and Datavious Wilson. In addition, long snapper Ross Hammond returns.

In preseason honors, the Terriers had eight players recognized by the coaches, including five on the first team. The SoCon's nine head coaches selected Wofford to win the league championship as did the Sports Media Association.

Leading the Terriers on the first team were offensive lineman Roo Daniels, defensive linemen Tyler Vaughn and Miles Brown, linebacker Datavious Wilson and cornerback Devin Watson. Second team honorees include offensive lineman Ross Demmel, cornerback George Gbesee and tight end Chandler Gouger.


2016 Wofford Statistics
Rushing Offense: 3915 yards
Yards per game: 280
Yards per rush: 5.0 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 189
TDs rushing: 36
Passing Offense: 887 yards or 63 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 7 yrds
Passing 1st downs: 40
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 65-123-4
TDs Passing: 4
Total Offense: 4802 yards or 343 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 20 - 10
3d Down Conversions: 80 of 195 (41%)
4th Down Conversions: 20 of 34  (59%)
Field goal attempts: 17 - 23
PAT-Attempts: 42 of 43  (98%)
On-side kicks: 0-0
Red Zone Scores: 41 of 51 (80%)
Red Zone Touchdowns: 32 of 51  (63%)
Punts - Yards: 57 - 2597 - Avg per punt:  46
Touchdowns scored: 46




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44 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #44 Aubry Payne

It's now 44 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a tight end....

#44 Aubry Payne






Class: Freshman
Hometown: Locust Grove, Ga.
High School: Locust Grove HS
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 255
Position: TE

2016 (Freshman): Played in 10 of the team’s 11 games with six starts, five coming in the final six games of the season … Recorded 14 receptions for 123 yards … Made his first collegiate reception against ETSU (Sept. 17) in a game played at the Bristol Motor Speedway … Caught a career-best six passes for a career-high 44 yards at Mercer (Oct. 15) … Scored his first two career points on a two-point conversion against Chattanooga (Oct. 28) … Added two solo tackles … Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team on offense … Pulled down a team-best six catches for 60 yards and a five-yard touchdown reception in WCU’s annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Two-time first team all-region selection ... Received second team Class AAAA All-State honors from the Georgia Sports Writers Association, as well as first team All-Metro ... Had 30 receptions for 575 yards and five TDs as a senior ... Was a five-time player of the week selection including three as a senior ... As a junior, caught 15 passes for 209 yards with an average of 13.9 yards per reception with five touchdowns ... Also had 21 tackles with a sack as a defensive end ... Listed as a two-star athlete by both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com ... High school coach was Clint Satterfield.

Personal: Full name is Aubry William Payne ... Is the son of Scott Payne and Jennifer Prater ... Has four siblings; Ashtin Prater, Triston Payne, Robbie Prater and Mitchell Prater.



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Catamounts at SoCon Media Day 2017

45 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #45 James Foushee

It's now 45 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. 

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.

Today we'll highlight a running back....

#45 James Foushee











Class: RS Sophomore
Hometown: Sanford, N.C.
High School: Lee County HS
Last College: Guilford College
Height / Weight: 5-9 / 205
Position: RB

2016 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in 10 of the team’s 11 games on offense and mostly on special teams … Made his WCU debut in the home win over Gardner-Webb (Sept. 10) … Did not record any official statistics during the year … Rushed nine times for 38 yards in WCU’s annual Spring Game.

2015 (Sophomore): Transferred to Western Carolina from Guilford College ... Sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules ... Rushed 14 times for a team-best 86 yards and a touchdown during WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Lettered two seasons at Lee County High for head coach Burton Cates ... Was an All-Tri 9 Conference selection ... Earned the team's Most Improved Player award ... In 2012, rushed for over 1,200 yards and 23 touchdowns in helping the Yellow Jackets to their best record (8-4) in 30 yeards ... Was an academic all-conference honoree ... Named Most Valuable Sprinter on Lee County's indoor track and field teams in 2012 and 2013 ... Also participated in Lee County's DECA and FCA clubs.

Personal: Is the son of James and Kasandra Foushee ... His sister, Jasmine, is a member of Campbell University's track and field team.



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

46 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #46 Austin Phillips

It's now 46 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a player from the tight ends squad...

#46 Austin Phillips








Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Banner Elk, N.C.
High School: Avery County HS
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 220
Position: TE

2016 (Freshman): Saw action in five games on the season, each coming in the final six games of the season … Saw his most extensive action on special teams … Did not record any season statistics.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year varsity letter winner that played fullback and linebacker at Avery County High ... Two-time 1A/2A Western Highlands All-Conference both as a junior and senior ... Rushed for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Added 451 career receiving yards and five TDs ... Recorded 340 career tackles including 199 solo stops ... Recorded a pair of interceptions, forced three fumbles and recovered four during his prep career ... Also played basketball as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Jack Austin Phillips ... Is the son of Alison and John Phillips.



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Monday, July 17, 2017

SoCon Football Media Day (7-18-17)

SoCon live stream hosted by Pete Yanity 

schedule:
1:10 p.m. – Live stream begins
1:15 p.m. – VMI
1:30 p.m. – Samford
1:45 p.m. – Chattanooga
2:00 p.m. – Mercer
2:15 p.m. – The Citadel
2:30 p.m. – ETSU
2:45 p.m. – Western Carolina
3:00 p.m. – Furman
3:15 p.m. – Wofford
3:30 p.m. – SoCon Commissioner John Iamarino

 Stream link: www.socondigitalnetwork.com/socon/schedule





47 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #47 Kyle Vails

It's now 47 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a player from the linebackers...

#47 Kyle Vails







Class: RS Senior
Hometown: Richlands, N.C.
High School: Richlands HS
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 210
Position: LB

2016 (Redshirt Junior): Did not see game action ... Credited with two tackles, both for loss that totaled nine yards, in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was an honorable mention All-Area selection in 2011 for Richlands High ... Also ran track & field as a prep.



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Sunday, July 16, 2017

48 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #48 Mitchell Chancey

It's now 48 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a player from the linebackers...

#48 Mitchell Chancey









Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Asheville, N.C.
High School: Erwin HS
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 220
Position: LB

2016 (Sophomore): Saw action in 10 of the team’s 11 games, mostly as a defensive reserve and on special teams … Recorded five total tackles spread over four games including a career-high two stops in the home win over Gardner-Webb (Sept. 10) ... Finished with three solo stops … Credited with four tackles and a quarterback hurry in WCU’s annual Spring Game. 2015 (Freshman): Played in eight games, mostly on special teams and as a defensive reserve ... Credited with three tackles including a solo stop ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener against Mars Hill (Sept. 5) ... Tallied his first career tackle at The Citadel (Sept. 12) ... Credited with eight stops in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Played both running back and linebacker in high school ... Was the 2014 Mountain Athletic Conference (MAC) Defensive Player of the Year and an Asheville Citizen-Times All-Western North Carolina selection ... Recorded 159 tackles including 11 tackles for loss in his final season ... Set a school single-game record for tackles with 26 in a 27-24 win at Reynolds on Sept. 25, 2014 ... Also participated in the shot put in track & field as a prep ... High school coach was Mike Sexton.

Personal: Full name is Mitchell Aaron Chancey ... Is the son of Debbie Chancey ... Has an older brother, Matthew.




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Saturday, July 15, 2017

49 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #49 Nate Link

It's now 49 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a player from the offensive line...


#49 Nate Link








Class: Junior
Hometown: Crowley, La.
High School: Notre Dame H
Last College: UL-Monroe
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 250
Position: DL

Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) ... Redshirted as a true freshman in 2015 ... Played in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2016 recording five tackles including one solo stop; At Notre Dame HS: Earned first team All-Parish, first team All-District, first team All-Acadiana, first team All-State, and first team Coach's All-State as a junior in 2013 ... Tallied 65 tackles as a senior in 2014, including 22 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, and 30 QB hurries ... Earned Defensive MVP honors on both the All-Parish and All-District teams ... Was again named first team All-Acadiana and first team All-State in 2014 ... Selected to play in the 2014 LHSA East-West All-Star Game, collecting MVP honors ... Was a two-star recruit out of high school by both Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... High school head coach was Lewis Cook.

Personal: Full name is Nathaniel Joseph Link ... Is the son of Kerry and Jeanette Link ... Has three siblings; brother Jackson and two sisters, Amalie and Helen.




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Friday, July 14, 2017

50 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #50 Walker Lanning

Halftime !!!!!!

It's now 50 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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.

Today we'll highlight a player from the offensive line.....

#50 Walker Lanning















Class: RS Freshman
Hometown: Hendersonville, N.C.
High School: Christ School
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 295
Position: OL

2016 (Redshirt Freshman): Started all 11 games in which he saw action along the offensive line, making four starts at right tackle and seven at right guard … Was a part of the offensive line unit that paved the way for Detrez Newsome’s second-straight, 1,000-yard rushing season … Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team.

2015 (Freshman):  Enrolled at Western Carolina in the spring, 2015 semester and participated in spring drills ... Redshirted.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a two-time all-area and all-conference lineman, playing both on both sides of the football ... Was also a two-time NCISAA Division II All-State selection ... Recorded a team-high 89 tackles as a senior ... Started his prep career at East Henderson before playing his final two years at Christ School ... Finished the 2012 season as East Henderson's leading tackler with 58 stops including eight for loss, earning All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference accolades for the conference championship team ... Listed as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... High school coach was Mark Moroz.

Personal: Full name is Randall Walker Lanning ... Is the son of Randy Lanning and Tonya Hensley ... Has one sibling, Weston.


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