Thursday, October 15, 2020

Saturday, October 10, 2020

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Oct. 14 - 
SoCon Commissioner Schaus and WCU Athletics Director Alex Gary at 7 pm

Oct. 26 - 
Catamount FB and Head Coach Speir at 7 pm

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

#2 Mark Wright









We now know that Western will play both Liberty and Eastern Kentucky in November. Since Gardner-Webb has decided not to play in the fall, we are not sure if we will have a third game, but we will post it if one is announced.

We will continue our countdown as if the season were to start on September 3rd.

Today, we'll highlight a quarterback:


#2 Mark Wright






POSITION Quarterback
HEIGHT 5-11
WEIGHT 200
CLASS Junior
HOMETOWN Douglasville, Ga.
COLLEGE  Hutchinson CC
HIGH SCHOOL Carrollton HS








Prior to Western Carolina: Dual-threat quarterback began his collegiate career at Ellsworth CC before transferring to Hutchinson CC for his sophomore season … Last year, accounted for 2,461 total yards including 1,831 yards passing and 630 rushing yards with 27 combined touchdowns including 20 TD passes and seven rushing scores … Named first-team All-KJCCC … At Ellsworth CC, completed 26-of-52 passes for 184 yards while rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman … Is rated the #5 JUCO dual-threat quarterback in the nation by JCGridiron.com …

High School: Was a three-year starter as a prep, amassing 3,899 career passing yards with 42 touchdown passes while rushing for 958 yards and 15 TDs … Threw for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 300 as a prep senior despite missing five games during his senior year due to injury … As a junior in 2016, passed for 2,005 yards with 23 TDs on 60-percent passing, adding 600 rushing yards and 11 scores.

Personal: Is the son of Veronica and Mark Wright … Has two brothers, Malkolm and Michael.


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Monday, August 31, 2020

#3 D.J. Thorpe









We now know that Western will play both Liberty and Eastern Kentucky in November. Since Gardner-Webb has decided not to play in the fall, we are not sure if we will have a third game, but we will post it if one is announced.

We will continue our countdown as if the season were to start on September 3rd.

Today, we'll highlight a wide receiver:



#3  D. J.  Thorpe







HEIGHT 6-3
WEIGHT 195
CLASS Redshirt Junior
HOMETOWN Nashville, Tenn.
HIGH SCHOOL Cane Ridge HSbr />









2019 (Redshirt Sophomore):
Played in 10 of the team’s 12 games on the year, making seven starts at wide receiver … Missed the final two games of the season due to injury … Finished the season with 24 catches for 302 yards and his first career receiving touchdown on a 13-yard scoring strike at VMI (Nov. 2) … Caught a career-high six passes for a career-best 130 yards in the season-opener against Mercer (Aug. 31) … Finished with four catches for 41 yards against Gardner-Webb (Oct. 5) and four receptions for 39 yards against Furman (Oct. 26) … Also credited with two tackles on the season and recovered a fumble at VMI.

2018 (Redshirt Freshman)
: Converted to wide receiver during the off-season … Saw action in nine of the team’s 11 games at receiver and on special teams … Finished with six receptions for 55 yards including a long of 24 yards … Made his collegiate debut against Newberry (Sept. 1) in the season-opener … Caught a career-best two passes twice at Samford (Oct. 6) and Wofford (Nov. 10) … Caught his career-long reception of 24 yards in his lone catch at North Carolina (Nov. 17).

2017 (Freshman):
Did not see game action, taking a redshirt.

Prior to Western Carolina: In two seasons as the starting quarterback, threw for 4,980 yards and 47 touchdowns in leading Cane Ridge High to a 20-4 record ... As a senior, completed 185-of-297 passes for a school single-season record 2,907 yards, setting a school benchmark with 28 touchdowns against seven interceptions, leading CRHS to an undefeated regular season, a Region 6-5A title and the program's first two playoff victories ... Collected Region 6-5A Offensive MVP plaudits, as well as all-region offensive player of the year honors ... Became the first player in CRHS history to receive the 2016 William E. Hume Award which is given annually to the top football player among Metro Nashville schools ... Also received the Hancock/Nipper football sportsmanship award from the Nashville City Civitan Club ... Was listed as a two-star athlete by 247Sports.com ... High school head coach was Eddie Woods.

Personal: Full name is Dakarai Jashaun Thorpe, but goes by "DJ" ... Is the son of Kalvanetta and William Thorpe ... Has a younger sister, Laiya.


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Sunday, August 30, 2020

#4 Kason Lincke









We now know that Western will play both Liberty and Eastern Kentucky in November. Since Gardner-Webb has decided not to play in the fall, we are not sure if we will have a third game, but we will post it if one is announced.

We will continue our countdown as if the season were to start on September 3rd.

Today, we'll highlight a quarterback:




#4 Kason Lincke







POSITION Quarterback
HEIGHT 6-1
WEIGHT 200
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Mobile, Ala.
HIGH SCHOOL Mobile Christian HS








Prior to Western Carolina: Dual-threat quarterback, three-year varsity letter winner … Played three years at Pace High in Florida before transferring to Mobile Christian as a senior … Threw for over 5,969 yards with 57 passing touchdowns adding 2,348 rushing yards and 21 TDs on the ground … Threw for over 1,100 yards in each season as a prep … As a senior, accounted for over 3,120 yards including 2,112 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 1,008 yards on the ground for the Alabama state runner-up … High school coach at Mobile Christian was Ronnie Cottrell.

Personal: Full name is Kason Shane Lincke … Is the son of Beverly and Shane Lincke … Has a sister, Kailey. Footer



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Saturday, August 29, 2020

#5 Syheam McQueen









We now know that Western will play both Liberty and Eastern Kentucky in November. Since Gardner-Webb has decided not to play in the fall, we are not sure if we will have a third game, but we will post it if one is announced.

We will continue our countdown as if the season were to start on September 3rd.

Today, we'll highlight a running back:



#5 Syheam McQueen






POSITION Running Back
HEIGHT 6-0
WEIGHT 205
CLASS Sophomore
HOMETOWN Laurinburg, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Scotland County HS









2019 (Freshman): Played in four games on the season, suffering a knee injury in his debut in the season-opener against Mercer (Aug. 31) … With just four games played, remained eligible for a redshirt … Rushed for 89 yards on 21 carries while adding eight receiving yards on three catches out of the backfield … Rushed a career-high 11 times for a career-best 67 yards against Mercer … Caught a pair of passes against Furman (Oct. 26).

Prior to Western Carolina: Played running back and linebacker as a prep … Missed part of his senior season with a knee injury … Returned to help Scotland High to a state 4-A runner-up finish, rushing for over 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns including a 229-yard, three TD performance in the second round and scoring two rushing TDs in the championship game … Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Was listed as the 84th top prospect in the state of North Carolina by Scout.com ... High school coach was Richard Bailey.




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Friday, August 28, 2020

#6 Daquan Patten








We now know that Western will play both Liberty and Eastern Kentucky in November. Since Gardner-Webb has decided not to play in the fall, we are not sure if we will have a third game, but we will post it if one is announced.

We will continue our countdown as if the season were to start on September 3rd.

Today, we'll highlight a wide receiver:


#6 Daquan Patten







POSITION Wide Receiver
HEIGHT 5-6
WEIGHT 185
CLASS Redshirt Senior
HOMETOWN Columbia, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Blythewood HS








2019 (Redshirt Junior): Played in all 12 of the team’s games on the season with nine starts at wide receiver … Paced the Catamount wide receivers in 2019 with 46 receptions for 433 yards with two touchdowns and amassed 754 all-purpose yards on the year … Recorded a reception in 11 of WCU’s 12 seasonal games including a career-high 12 catches against North Greenville (Sept. 14) for 82 yards … Finished with 219 all-purpose yards in the win over North Greenville … His 3.8 receptions per game average ranked him eighth in the SoCon … Just missed the 100-yard receiving mark at The Citadel (Oct. 12) catching nine passes for 98 yards … Eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for just the second time in his WCU career with five catches for 103 yards and a score in the road win at VMI (Nov. 2) … Added 12 kickoff returns for 232 yards including a long of 33 yards, while also returning seven punts for 84 yards … Also credited with four tackles … Was awarded a full grant-in-aid scholarship at the first full team meeting of the 2019 preseason camp ... Named preseason All-Southern Conference second-team as a wide receiver and punt returner by Phil Steele.

2018 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 11 games of the season at wide receiver … Finished the year with 39 catches for 567 yards and five touchdowns, tallying receptions in 10 of the 11 games … Added two kickoff returns for 20 yards and 14 punt returns for 124 yards to finish the year with 711 all-purpose yards … Nearly hit the 100-yard mark in the season-opener against Newberry (Sept. 1) with four receptions for 92 yards including a career-long catch of 51 yards … Recorded his first career receiving touchdown at Gardner-Webb (Sept. 14) … Tallied a career-high seven catches for 81 yards and a score against VMI (Sept. 22) … Eclipsed the 100 receiving yard mark with a career-high 159 yards and a career-best two TDs at Furman (Sept. 29) … Posted 100+ all-purpose yards three times including against Newberry (126 yards), at Furman (career-high 166 yards), and against The Citadel (Nov. 3, 104 yards) … Injury during spring practice sidelined him during WCU’s annual spring drills.

2017 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in three games on the year, making his collegiate debut in the home-opener against Davidson (Sept. 9).

2016 (Freshman): Did not see game action ... Redshirted ... Caught three passes for 17 yards in WCU's annual Spring Game ... Named to the 2016-17 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year varsity letter winner at Blythewood HS, playing wide receiver on the football team.

Personal: Is the son of former Catamount wide receiver - and former NFL standout - David Patten.




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Thursday, August 27, 2020

#7 Charles Gadie








We now know that Western will play both Liberty and Eastern Kentucky in November. Since Gardner-Webb has decided not to play in the fall, we are not sure if we will have a third game, but we will post it if one is announced.

We will continue our countdown as if the season were to start on September 3rd.

Today, we'll highlight a defensive back:


#7 Charles Gadie







POSITION Defensive Back
HEIGHT 5-9
WEIGHT 170
CLASS Redshirt Sophomore
HOMETOWN Douglasville, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL Douglas County HS









2019 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in 11 games including two starts in the defensive secondary and on special teams … Credited with 17 total tackles including nine solo stops … Made his first career start against Gardner-Webb (Oct. 5), finishing with three tackles … Posted a career-high four tackles including three solo stops and forcing a fumble in the road win at VMI (Nov. 2) … Matched his career-best with four tackles at nationally-ranked Alabama (Nov. 23).

2018 (Freshman): Saw action in four of the team’s 11 games on the year between special teams and as a defensive reserve, remaining eligible for a redshirt … Made his collegiate debut against Newberry (Sept. 1), recording his first career tackle … Finished the year with three total tackles including two solo stops … Also posted tackles at Samford (Oct. 6) and at North Carolina (Nov. 17).

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a four-year varsity letter winner … Was a two-time All-Region selection, collecting first-team All-Region 5-6A plaudits following his senior year and honorable mention as a junior … Finished with 34 tackles as a senior including 24 solo stops … Recorded one interception and nine pass break-ups in his final year as a prep, adding a fumble recovery … Also tallied 49 all-purpose yards on kickoff and punt returns … Listed as a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com ... High school head coach was Johnny White.

Personal: Full name is Charles Amil Gadie … Is the son of Chucquel Davis and Gerald Gadie … Is one of six children: Jerry, Paris, Page, Chloe, Amir and Amar … Is originally from Detroit, Mich.




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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

#8 Devlin Olawumi









We now know that Western will play both Liberty and Eastern Kentucky in November. Since Gardner-Webb has decided not to play in the fall, we are not sure if we will have a third game, but we will post it if one is announced.

We will continue our countdown as if the season were to start Sept. 3rd.

Today, we'll highlight a defensive safety:


#8 Devlin Olawumi







POSITION Safety
HEIGHT 6-0
WEIGHT 195
CLASS Redshirt Sophomore
HOMETOWN Atlanta, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL Westlake HS








2019 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in five games on the season as a defensive substitution and on special teams … Was sidelined by a mid-season injury … Credited with seven total tackles including four solo stops … Tallied a career-high three tackles in the season-opener against Mercer (Aug. 31) … Posted a career-best two solo stops at Alabama (Nov. 23).

2018 (Freshman): Battled through injury that limited him to two games played on the season … Made his collegiate debut at Gardner-Webb (Sept. 14) with one other game played against VMI (Sept. 22) … Returned to action in a limited capacity during WCU’s annual Spring Drills … Redshirt.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a two-time Georgia 2-7A All-Region first-team defense selection following both his junior and senior years ... As a junior in 2016, recorded 95 tackles including 60 solo stops and 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks ... Also ran track as a prep ... High school coach was Kareem Reid.

Personal: Is the son of Turi Smith Olawumi and Devlin Olawumi, Sr., and Felicia Hicks.




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