Friday, August 22, 2014

WCU Football Suspensions

Western Carolina Athletic Director Randy Eaton announced today the suspension of five WCU football players.  In total, there will be four (4) players suspended for one game, and one (1) player suspended for two (2) games.

Four of the player suspensions are for violation of WCU's academic standards for class attendance; tutors; and the Academic Enhancement Program.

Serving a one game suspension will be defensive linemen Fred Mooring & Tahjai Watt, defensive back Bryson Jordan, and wide receiver Seth Curtis.  The four will will serve their one game, departmental levied suspension by not traveling to Tampa, Fla., for the season-opener against the University of South Florida.

"Last year, we initiated more rigid standards of attendance, punctuality and behavior as it related to our Academic Enhancement Program (AEP), which includes tutor sessions, study hall and classes. Unfortunately, some of our student-athletes did not take this seriously and they are now facing the consequences," said Eaton, "I want to make sure the young people within our athletic department understand the meaning of 'student-athlete,' even if it is a difficult lesson for some of them."

The fifth student-athlete that will be serving a suspension is junior wide receiver Karnorris Benson, who will be serving a two game suspension from NCAA rules related to academic eligibility requirements from the 2013 fall semester.




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2014 Position Previews: Quarterbacks






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8 Days 'till Kickoff - #8 Spearman Robinson

It's now 8 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 wide receivers.

#8 Spearman Robinson


Class: RS Sophomore
Hometown: Greenwood, S.C.
High School: Greenwood HS
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 215
Position: WR



2013 (Sophomore): Did not participate in football in the fall, rejoining the team for spring drills.

2012 (Freshman): Played in nine of WCU's 11 games including six starts at wide receiver, missing the final two games of the regular season ... Was second on the team with 39 receptions and 376 yards including a long of 47 yards with one touchdown reception ... Ranked fifth in the SoCon with a 4.3 receptions per game average while his 41.8 receiving yards per game ranked eighth ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener against Mars Hill, catching five passes for 16 yards ... In his first career start at ninth-ranked Wofford, caught a career-high nine passes for 91 yards ... Matched his career-best with nine catches for a career-high 139 yards at Elon, hauling in his first receiving TD on a 47-yard scoring strike from classmate Troy Mitchell.

Prior to Western Carolina: In three seasons on the varsity squad, hauled in 104 passes for 2,111 yards and 15 touchdowns at Greenwood High including 1,042 yards and 12 scores as a senior ... Was selected as a senior team captain ... Guided the squad to back-to-back state championship finals appearances, garnering All-Lakelands and all-region plaudits as a senior ... Was chosen to play in the North-South Shrine Bowl ... Helped the school record the most wins over a two-year period in school history (26-4) ... Also played basketball as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Kenneth Spearman Robinson, but goes by Spearman ... Is the son of Ken and Barbara Robinson ... His uncle played football at Western Carolina.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Soccer Preview vs EKU and ECU





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2014 Position Previews: Special Teams





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9 Days 'till Kickoff - #9 Wes Holcombe

It's now 9 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 quarterbacks.

#9 Wes Holcombe


Class: Freshman
Hometown: Rabun Gap, Ga.
High School: Rabun County HS
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 185
Position: QB



Prior to Western Carolina: Passed for over 3,500 yards in his final two seasons of high school including over 2,300 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior ... Was an offensive honorable mention at QB on the 8-AA All-Region team ... In addition to quarterback, also played in the defensive secondary as a prep, moving to the position primarily as a senior after a thumb injury ... Played for former Catamount Lee Shaw at Rabun County HS.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

10 Days 'till Kickoff - #10 Troy Mitchell

It's now 10 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 quarterbacks.

#10 Troy Mitchell


Class: Junior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Cypress Falls (Texas) HS
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 205
Position: QB



2013 (Sophomore): Played in 11 of the team's 12 games making nine starts in the offensive backfield ... Finished with a team-high 1,614 yards passing, completing 131-of-227 (57.7%) of his passes on the year with 12 touchdown passes against 10 interceptions ... Rushed 133 times for 565 yards, ranking second on the team in total rushing yards and average per game (51.4 yds/gm) ... Ranked fifth in the Southern Conference in both passing (146.7 yds/gm) and total offense (198.1 yds/gm) ... Additionally ranked fourth in the league in passer efficiency (126.1) ... Opened the season with touchdown passes in each of the first three games ... Threw for a career-best 350 yards and a career-high three touchdown passes in the come-from-behind victory over Mars Hill, matching a career-best with 20 completions ... Tallied a career-best 414 yards of total offense against the Lions ... Rushed for a season-high 106 yards against The Citadel - his two, 100-yard rushing games have both come against the Bulldogs ... Credited with a solo tackle ... Completed 15 of his 26 pass attempts for 156 yards and two TDs, carrying the ball nine times for 29 yards on the ground in WCU's annual Spring Game.

2012 (Freshman): Saw action in all 11 of the team's games, making five starts at quarterback ... Became the third true freshman quarterback to start at WCU since 1991, joining Chad Greene (1991) and Brandon Pechloff (2010) ... Named to the 2012 Southern Conference All-Freshman team ... Rushed 112 times for 433 yards, second on the squad ... Led the team with eight rushing touchdowns, the most by a Catamount QB, surpassing Josh Brook's five rushing scores in 1996 (research back to 1967) ... Finished the season with a team-leading 50 points, adding a two-point conversion rush ... Completed 85-of-142 pass attempts for 862 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions ... Led WCU in total offense, amassing 1,295 yards - a mark which ranked him eighth in the SoCon ... Tossed his first career touchdown pass to Jacoby Mitchell at Elon, coming on his 66th career pass attempt ... Twice named SoCon Freshman of the Week ... Picked up his first honor after completing 20-of-29 passing (both career highs) for 149 yards and rushing for 38 yards and a pair of scores in the season-opener against Mars Hill ... Was the fourth WCU freshman or redshirt freshman QB to earn SoCon honors after first career start (Adam Hearns, 2007; Zack Jaynes, 2008; Brandon Pechloff, 2010) ... Again earned SoCon and SouthernPigskin.com Freshman of the Week honors after guiding WCU's second-half comeback at Elon with 175 yards passing and two touchdown passes ... Threw for a then career-best 176 yards on 18-of-30 passing against Chattanooga.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year starter who threw for over 2,400 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior at Cypress Falls High in Houston, Texas ... Earned Texas 5-A All-District 17 honors following his senior season ... Dual-threat QB who tossed seven touchdown passes in a single-game against Elsik in bi-district playoff meeting in Nov. 2011 ... Earned the Marine Corps Elite Warrior of the Week honor following a 331-yard, six TD performance against Jersey Village ... Was named second team all-district as a junior.

Personal: Full name is Troy Lavaughn Mitchell ... Is the son of Troy and Shanita Mitchell ... Has two siblings, Raybon and Zurie ... Was born in Mobile, Ala., before moving to Texas.

Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 WCU Position Previews: Tight Ends




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11 Days 'till Kickoff - #11 Jackson McDonald

It's now 11 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 quarterbacks.

#11 Jackson McDonald


Class: Freshman
Hometown: Flowery Branch, Ga.
High School: Flowery Branch HS
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 195
Position: QB



Prior to Western Carolina: A dual-threat quarterback who earned first team all-region for 8-AAAAA in Georgia as a senior ... As a junior, passed for 1,627 yards and 819 yards rushing while accounting for 32 touchdowns including 18 rushing and 17 through the air passing ... Listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports ... Led Flowery Branch to a Region 8-AAAAA title in 2012 ... High school coach was Chris Griffin.

Personal: Is the son of Gus McDonald and Tracy Ferguson.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 WCU Position Previews: Defensive Backs


12 Days 'till Kickoff - Ian Berryman

It's now 12 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.

No player is assigned #12 at this time, so we'll highlight another freshman.

Ian Berryman




Class: Freshman
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School: Fellowship Christian School
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 185
Position: P

Prior to Western Carolina: Though he played predominantly at the punter position, also has experience as a wide receiver and quarterback as a prep ... Was a first team all-region selection as a punter as a senior, also earning second team all-state plaudits from the Cedrick Oglesby Kicking Academy ... Ranked fourth on Kornblue Kicking's Fab Top 50 Punters rankings ... Also played soccer as a prep for a ranked Fellowship Christian boys program.

Personal: Intends to major in athletic training.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

2015 WCU Basketball Prospect - Rayjon Tucker


Rayjon Tucker
Position:  Small Forward




Hometown:  Charlotte, NC
High School:  Northside Christian Academy
Height:  6'5"
Weight:  185 lbs


Star Ratings:  Scout - 3 start, Rivals - 3 stars, ESPN - 4 stars

Scholarship offers:  In addition to Western Carolina, Rayjon has offers from  Virginia Tech, PC, Radford, UNCG, Campbell, Charlotte, Gardner-Webb, Boston College, Winthrop, Western Kentucky, Wofford, and Rode Island.

Under Armour Invitational: Rayjon is a highly competitive player that is an elite level slasher. He attacks the rim with a ferocity and has great expolsiveness. he has good length and is an active defender that does a good job of playing the passing lanes and creating turnovers

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13 Days 'till Kickoff - Kris Smith

It's now 13 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.

No player is assigned #13 at this time, so we'll highlight a recent transfer from Indiana to the Catamounts. Kris will wear the previously vacant #25 this season.

Kris Smith

Class: RS Freshman
Hometown: Flowery Branch, Ga.
High School: Flowery Branch HS
Last College: Indiana
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 200
Position: LB


2013 (Freshman): Redshirted the 2013 season at Indiana ... Was a two-time scout team player of the week (Missouri and Michigan State) for the Hoosiers ... Transferred to WCU prior to the 2014 season.

Prior to Western Carolina: Played two years of football at Flowery Branch and also lettered in track and field ... Played linebacker for head coach Chris Griffin at Flowery Branch High School ... Made 103 tackles, 12 sacks, including one safety, and 21 tackles for loss as a senior ... Named first team all-state and all-region selection ... Earned the team's most outstanding linebacker ... Played in the 2012 GACA North-South All-Star Game and the 2012 East-West Metro Atlanta All-Star Game ... Participated in the 2012 U.S. Army National Combine ... Team won the Region 8-AAAA championship in 2011 and 2012 ... Rated the No. 41 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com out of high school ... Tabbed a 2012 Flowery Branch Scholar-Athlete.

Personal: Full name is Kristopher Bryce Smith ... Is the son of Sean and Pam Smith.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

2015 WCU Basketball Prospect - Hunter Seacat

Hunter Seacat
Position:  Power Forward



Hometown: Mooresville, NC
High School:  Lake Norman HS
Height:  6'9"
Weight:  208 lbs
AAU Team:  PSB  Select



Scholarship offers:  In addition to Western Carolina, Hunter has offers from Coastal Carolina, Radford, Furman, High Point, Winthrop, Loyola (MD), UNCW,  Gardner-Webb, William & Mary, ETSU, Towson, Samford, ASU, Lehigh, Dartmouth, James Madison, Charlotte, & Princeton.

PSB Select - "Hunter is a long, athletic big guy. He is a natural shot blocker with tremendous length (7’0” wing span), and he snatches any rebound that is in his area. He moves his feet well to be able to slide in front of his man, as well as come over to help out his teammates. Hunter’s best attribute is his ability to run the floor, especially on a fast break, and he scores well over his left shoulder. Hunter can also knock down a jump shot from 15-18 feet with consistency and has more recently started to make 3’s. Hunter’s ceiling is unlimited as he is still growing and finally beginning to get comfortable with his lanky body. He most recently led his Lake Norman HS team to the NC high school state championship game alongside Kishawn Pritchett."

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
 •All-Conference
 •All-State
 •NC Top 80

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