Friday, August 7, 2020

27 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - #27 Trevor Childers









It's now 27 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

Today we'll highlight a linebacker:


#27 Trevor Childers







POSITION Linebacker
HEIGHT 6-1
WEIGHT 215
CLASS Senior
HOMETOWN Lincolnton, N.C
HIGH SCHOOL East Lincoln HS












2019 (Junior):  Started 11 of the 12 seasonal games in which he played … Finished the season second on the team with 99 total tackles including 44 solo stops and 7.5 tackles for loss with a sack … Recorded double-digit tackles six times including a career-high 16 against Samford (Nov. 16) … Tallied his first career double-digit tackle game against Mercer (Aug. 31) in the season-opener with a career-high 2.0 TFLs … Collected his first career sack as a part of an 11-tackle performance against Gardner-Webb (Oct. 5) … Also credited with two pass breakups from his linebacker position ... Named to the 2019-20 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2018 (Sophomore):  Played in 10 of the team’s 11 games as a defensive substitution and on special teams, missing the Gardner-Webb game with a hand/wrist injury … Finished the year with nine total hits including three solo stops … Recorded two tackles including a solo stop at Mercer (Oct. 20) … Posted a career-high four tackles in the triple-overtime thriller at ETSU (Oct. 27).

2017 (Freshman):  Saw action in all 12 of the team's games as a defensive substitution and on special teams ... Made his collegiate debut in the road game at Hawai'i (Sept. 2) ... Finished the year with five total tackles including two solo stops ... Recorded his first collegiate tackle in the home-opener against Davidson (Sept. 9) ... Credited with a then career-high two tackles - both assists - against nationally-ranked Wofford (Oct. 7) on the road.

Prior to Western Carolina:  Three-year letter winner who finished with a school-record 366 career tackles including six sacks, recording 133 stops as a senior ... Also stepped in at running back as a senior, adding over 800 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on the ground in his final season to earn the Denver Weekly Two-Way Player of the Year honor and All-Gazette accolades ... Collected Southern District-7 all-conference plaudits and SD-7 Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior after finishing with 123 tackles including a school-record 26 tackles for loss and a career-best five interceptions ... Earned the Newcomer Award on the North Carolina State Championship team as a sophomore ... High school head coach was Mike Byus ... Also played baseball as a prep where he hit .292 with 26 runs scored, 22 RBI, and six extra-base hits as a junior, collecting all-conference accolades.

Personal:  Full name is Trevor Dean Childers ... Is the son of Angela and Paul Dean Childers.






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Thursday, August 6, 2020

28 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - #28 Jaheim Mullen









It's now 29 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

Today we'll highlight a wide receiver:


#28 Jaheim Mullen 






POSITION Wide Receiver
HEIGHT 6-0
WEIGHT 190
CLASS Redshirt Freshman
HOMETOWN Gastonia, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Hunter Huss HS









2019 (Freshman): Played in three games on the season, each coming on special teams and as a reserve over the final three games of the season … Credited with four total tackles, each a solo stop … Made his collegiate debut in the overtime win at home over ETSU (Nov. 9), recording a career-best two tackles … Matched his career-high with two tackles at nationally-ranked Alabama (Nov. 23).

Prior to Western Carolina: Four-year varsity letter winner including three seasons at Newton-Conover HS, finishing his career at Hunter Huss HS … Named 2018 All-Gazette All-Purpose Player of the Year as a senior, catching 32 passes for 704 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense with 73 tackles and 10 interceptions on defense, returning one for a TD … Added three kickoff returns for scores as a senior … Three-time all-conference selection and was a two-time conference defensive player of the year as a sophomore and junior … Finished his career with 2,338 receiving yards on 143 catches including 28 for TDs, while adding 264 career tackles and 392 return yards … Four-sport athlete as a prep including football, basketball, wrestling, and track & field ... High school coach was James McKoy.

Personal: Full name is Jaheim Kwali Mullen … Is the son of Richard Mullen.





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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

2020 Football Preseason Preview: VMI Keydets








Throughout this preseason, Purple & Gold will preview all of Western Carolina's 2020 football opponents.

For the ninth game of the season, the Cats remain in Cullowhee to face the VMI Keydets.

The Cats have won all six games against the Keydets since their return to the Southern Conference in 2014, can we make it seven in a row?







Game #9 - VMI Keydets

When: Saturday, November 7 - Time: TBA
Where: E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV/video: TBA

The Series: Western currently leads the series with VMI, by a 22-3 margin. The Cats and Keydets first played on the gridiron in 1978, and the Cats currently own a sixteen game winning streak over the Keydets, having swept the Keydets since their return to the Southern Conference.

The last game played vs. VMINovember 2, 2019 Spencer, Offense Spark Catamounts Past VMI, 43-35  Lexington, Va. – Tailback Donnavan Spencer accounted for 247 yards of offense and three touchdowns while the defense and special teams combined for five takeaways including four fumbles and QB Reece Udinski's first interception of the season as Western Carolina halted a myriad of winless droughts with an impressive, 43-35, victory over VMI in Southern Conference action Saturday afternoon at Foster Stadium.


Head Coach: Scott Wachenheim -Entering his sixth season as VMI’s head football coach, Scott Wachenheim continues to guide the program toward new heights in one of the toughest conferences in FCS. Wachenheim guided the Keydet football team to five wins overall in 2019 – the most since 2003 when VMI posted a 6-6 mark. The Keydets closed out the regular season with a 31-24 win over Chattanooga to finish with a 4-4 mark in SoCon play which marked the first time since 1979 that the VMI had secured four conference wins in a season. The Keydets also reclaimed the Silver Shako trophy for the first time in 13 meetings after an October win over The Citadel in the Military Classic of the South. Wachenheim was voted 2019 Southern Conference Coach of the Year by the league coaches and became the first VMI coach to achieve the honor since Cal McCombs in 2002. He was also named one of 15 finalists to the STATS FCS 33rd annual Eddie Robinson Award which honors the FCS Coach of the Year.


Last Season's Record (VMI): 2019 - 5-7 overall, 3-3 home, 2-4 away,  4-4 SoCon - The Keydets has conference wins over ETSU, the Citadel, Samford, & Chattanooga.

Offensive Formation: Air Raid
-2019 Offensive: 30.8 ppg. (35th in FCS)
Defensive Formation: 3-4
-2019 Defensive: 37.8 ppg. (117th in FCS)
Starters returning/lost:    14   /   11
Offensive starters - Returning/Lost:  7   /  4
Defensive starters - Returning/Lost:   6   /   5
Specialist - Returning/Lost:    1    /    2
Letterwinners Returning: 61

TOP RETURNING OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
-QB Reece Udinski (306 cmp., 3,276 yards, 19 TD)
-WR Jakob Herres (72 rec., 1,091 yards, 8 TD)
-WR Leroy Thomas (54 rec., 594 yards, 3 TD)

TOP RETURNING DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
-LB Ethan Casselberry (70 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 12 PBU, 1 QB hurry)
-DB AJ Smith (67 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 3 INT, 11 PBU)
-DL Jordan Ward (53 tackles, 12.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 6 QB hurries)

Seven Keydets were named to the Phil Steele Southern Conference preseason all-conference teams. Senior quarterback Reece Udinski and junior receiver Jakob Herres were named to the First Team Offense while senior A.J. Smith was named to the First Team Defense. Junior kick receiver Korey Bridy and junior long snapper Robert Soderholm were selected to the First Team Special Teams unit. Senior defensive lineman Jordan Ward was picked for the Second Team Defense while offensive lineman Nick Hartnett was slotted for the Third Team Offense.

Udinski is coming off his junior season where he compiled several record-setting numbers directing the VMI "air raid" offense. He led the SoCon in passing and broke his own VMI single-season passing record with 3,276 yards. His 19 touchdown passes were the second-most in school history and he began the season with an FCS record 368 consecutive passes without an interception. He also set new VMI single-season records for total offense (3,155 yards) and best pass completion (63.9%) and tossed for 200 or more yards in 11 games in 2019, also a new school single-season record.

VMI junior Robert Soderholm was named a HERO Sports FCS Preseason All-American


2019 VMI Statistics
Rushing Offense: 1448 yards
Yards per game: 120.7
Yards per rush: 3.8 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 90
TDs rushing: 25
Passing Offense: 3439 yards or 286.6 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 6.8 yards
Passing 1st downs: 154
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 321-507-6
TDs Passing: 25
Total Offense: 4887 yards or 407.2 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 15-11
3d Down Conversions: 71 of 183 (39%)
4th Down Conversions: 18 of 29 (62%)
Field goal attempts: 4 - 7
PAT-Attempts: 15 of 22
On-side kicks: 1-3
Red Zone Scores: 42 of 47 (89%)
Red Zone Touchdowns: 31 of 47 (66%)
Punts - Yards: 58 - 2428 - Avg per punt: 41.


Game predictions:  Per the Massey Ratings, the Cats have a 40% probability of winning (31-34) over the Keydets. 





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29 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - #29 Jayden Pauling









It's now 29 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

Today we'll highlight another linebacker:


#29 Jayden Pauling








POSITION Rush Linebacker
HEIGHT 6-3
WEIGHT 225
CLASS Junior
HOMETOWN Raleigh, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Millbrook HS











2019 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 games on the season with seven starts at linebacker including six-straight to conclude the regular season … Finished seventh on the team in overall tackles with 51, but led the Catamounts with 11.0 tackles for loss – tied for the fourth-most in the Southern Conference … His five forced fumbles on the season ranked him tied for first in the NCAA FCS … Credited with a tackle in all 12 seasonal games including a career-high eight against Samford (Nov. 16) to accompany two sacks, forcing the football loose for two of his three forced fumbles in the game … Earned SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 18 … Dubbed SoCon Defensive Player of the Month for November after tallying 22 tackles including 11 solo stops and 5.5 tackles for loss with four sacks and four forced fumbles in the month … Named second-team All-Southern Conference by the league’s voting media … Additionally named an honorable mention on the HERO Sports Sophomore All-America team.

Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU prior to the spring, 2019 semester after spending the fall semester at Louisburg College ... Participated in WCU's annual Spring Drills … Earned All-Cap 8 Conference honors as a senior as a defensive lineman, playing at end … Was listed as a Top 100 recruit in the state of North Carolina coming out of high school … Was a two-star recruit by 247Sports ... High school coach was Clarence Inscore.

Personal: Is the son of Karen Pauling.




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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

30 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - #30 Michael Murphy









It's now 30 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

Today we'll highlight another linebacker:


#30 Michael Murphy







POSITION Spur LB
HEIGHT 6-2
WEIGHT 200
CLASS Redshirt Senior
HOMETOWN Spartanburg, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Spartanburg HS








2019 (Redshirt Junior): Started all 12 games in the defensive secondary at hybrid defensive back/linebacker … Finished fourth on the team with 69 total tackles including 29 solo stops and 4.5 tackles for loss with one sack … Posted five-or-more tackles in eight of the 12 games … Twice posted double-digit tackles, matching his career-high for a third time with 12 stops against Gardner-Webb (Oct. 5) to go along with his fourth career interception and A forced fumble … Was credited with 11 tackles in the road win at VMI (Nov. 2).

2018 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 11 games in the defensive secondary … Finished third on the team with 92 tackles on the year with 40 solo stops including five tackles for loss with 1.5 sacks … His 8.4 tackle per game average ranked him eighth in the Southern Conference … Recorded at least six total tackles in each of WCU’s 11 games including twice posting double-digit tackles including a career-high 12 total hits twice – at Samford (Oct. 6) and against Wofford (Nov. 10) … Posted two TFLs against the Terriers … Tallied three interceptions on the year … Returned his first career interception 46 yards for a touchdown that proved to be the difference-maker in the 52-50 home win over VMI (Sept. 22) … Also posted INTs in overtime at ETSU (Oct. 27) and at North Carolina (Nov. 17), returning the latter a career-long 70 yards to set-up a WCU score … Also forced a fumble with a pair of recoveries at Samford (Oct. 6) and against The Citadel (Nov. 3) ... Named to the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2017 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in all 12 of the team's games as a defensive substitution and on special teams ... Finished the year with 22 tackles including eight solo stops and two tackles for loss, one as a sack ... Had at least one tackle in every game ... Added a quarterback hurry and a pair of pass breakups ... Made his collegiate debut at Hawai'i (Sept. 2), tallying his first career tackle ... Recorded a career-high four tackles including a sack and a forced fumble in the road win over VMI (Oct. 21) ... Selected to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team by the league's head coach ... Named to the 2017-18 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll ... Forced a fumble and recorded a sack in WCU's annual Spring Game.

2016 (Freshman): Did not see game action ... Credited with two tackles including one for a four-yard loss in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was an All-Region II-4A selection and named second-team All-Herald-Journal/GoUpstate All-Area team ... Recorded 43 tackles with four interceptions and three pass breakups as a senior ... Was part of the 2014 South Carolina state championship team as a junior in 2014, finishing with 88 tackles and three interceptions from his safety position ... Was cited as one of the top 10 defensive backs at an EPT Football Skills Showcase prior to this senior year ... Listed as a two-star prospect from Rivals.com ... High school coach was Chris Miller ... Was a four-year starter in boy's basketball as a prep, earning MVP honors in 2014.

Personal: Full name is Michael Anthony Murphy Jr., and goes by "Mike" ... Is the son of Michael Sr. and Tamika Murphy ... Has two siblings, Malik and Mekhi.





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Monday, August 3, 2020

31 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - Micah Nelson









It's now 31 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

No one is assigned to #31 on the preseason roster, so we'll highlight someone that could wear #31:


Micah Nelson






POSITION Spur Linebacker
HEIGHT 6-3
WEIGHT 200
CLASS Redshirt Freshman
HOMETOWN Murphy, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Murphy HS









2019 (Freshman): Did not see game action and is eligible for a redshirt ... Named to the 2019-20 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Joins the Catamount football team as a preferred walk-on after a stellar prep career at Murphy High … Was a two-time state champion (2016 & 2018) and three-time Smoky Mountain Conference champion as a prep … Twice named all-conference and All-Western North Carolina … Played wide receiver, defensive back, and quarterback as a senior during his prep career … Credited with 128 career tackles including seven tackles for loss while totaling 17 pass break-ups and 10 career interceptions … Finished with 57 career receptions for 907 yards, while also passing for 1,130 yards and rushing for 261 – recording 28 career total touchdowns ... High school coach was David Gentry.

Personal: Full name is Micah Thomas Nelson … Is the son of Becky and Thomas Nelson … Was born in Bristol, Va. … Has two younger siblings, Grace and Tyra … Father, Thomas, was an All-American football player at Emory & Henry College (1998) and a 2011 inductee into the Emory & Henry College Sports Hall of Fame.




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Sunday, August 2, 2020

32 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - Cameron Brown









It's now 32 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

Today we'll honor Cameron Brown - Cam would have been a senior class member in 2020, Cam holds #32 on the Catamount roster:

Cam Brown - 'All You Got ... As Long As It Takes'


Cameron Brown







POSITION Linebacker
HEIGHT 6-2
WEIGHT 210
CLASS Senior
HOMETOWN Tallahassee, Fla.
HIGH SCHOOL Florida State University School












2017: Cameron Michael "Super Cam" Brown passed away on Saturday, Nov. 14 after a battle with osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer ... Cam visited with his Catamount teammates and was a part of WCU's 2017 season-opening victory over Davidson .. Cam left a lasting message with the Catamount football team, telling head coach Mark Speir in an October hospital visit, "Tell the boys to never give up on the fight, because the fun is in the fight" - a motto that is displayed in the Catamount football team room and lives through his teammats.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was named first-team defense on the Florida All-State Class 3-A football team following his senior season as he was credited with a career-best 140 tackles including a school-record 100 solo stops and 24 TFLs with 10 sacks ... Forced nine fumbles, recovering three while also intercepting a pass ... Tallahassee, Fla., Quarterback Club named him the 2016 Mickey Andrews Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... Was named All Big Bend in both his junior and senior seasons, collecting second team honors as a junior and first team plaudits as a senior ... Selected to play for the North Team in the 62nd annual North-South All-Star FACA Football Classic ... Recorded 193 career tackles, averaging 9.7 tackles per game ... Posted 14 sacks while also recording an interception and forced a pair of fumbles ... Was listed as a two-star athlete by Scout.com ... High school head coach was Jerod Hickman ... As an all-conference prep wrestler, finished fourth in the state of Florida Class 1-A in the 195 lbs., weight class as a junior and qualified for the state tournament as a sophomore.

Personal: Full name is Cameron Michael Brown, prefers to go by "Cam" ... Is the son of Sam Brown and Michelle McQueen ... Has two siblings, Bin and Samaya ... He was engaged to Dallas Kennedy.






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Saturday, August 1, 2020

33 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - #33 Curtis Roach









It's now 34 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

Today we'll highlight a linebacker:

#33 Curtis Roach







POSITION Spur Linebacker
HEIGHT 6-1
WEIGHT 200
CLASS Redshirt Junior
HOMETOWN Cumming, Ga
HIGH SCHOOL South Forsyth HS








2019 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in all 12 of the team’s seasonal games on the year between special teams and a defensive reserve … Credited with 18 total tackles including eight solo stops … Recorded a career-high three tackles four times including at N.C. State (Sept. 7), at The Citadel (Oct. 12), at Wofford (Oct. 19) and at home against Samford (Nov. 16) … Added one rush attempt for 11 yards and a first down as the holder on a fake field goal and posted a second rushing attempt on a two-point conversion coming on a fake PAT to score two points at Chattanooga (Sept. 28).

2018 (Redshirt Sophomore): Limited during the season to just two games played due to injury … Did not record any statistics … Saw action in the season-opener against Newberry (Sept. 1) and at Gardner-Webb (Sept. 14) … Returned to the lineup during WCU’s annual Spring Drills ... Granted a medical hardship redshirt during the summer to regain the year.

2017 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in nine of the team's 12 games on the season, making his collegiate debut in the home-opener against Davidson ... Recorded a career-high two tackles - both solo stops - including a tackle for loss against Davidson ... Recovered a fumble in the road win at Chattanooga (Sept. 30).

2016 (Freshman): Did not see game action ... Redshirted ... Credited with two tackles including one for a six-yard loss in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was twice named first team Forsyth County News All-County after both his junior and senior seasons ... Recorded 78 tackles with 47 solo stops including three tackles for loss, each coming as a sack as a senior ... Tallied eight passes defended with five interceptions ... Was a Class AAAAAA Georgia All-State honorable mention ... As a junior tallied 65 total hits with a sack, seven pass break-ups, and two interceptions.

Personal: Is the son of former Catamount Hall of Fame placekicker Kirk Roach, who was a four-time all-conference selection and three-time All-America honoree.




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Friday, July 31, 2020

2020 Football Preseason Preview: Wofford Terriers






Throughout this preseason, Purple & Gold will preview all of Western's 2020 football opponents.

For the eighth game of the season, the Cats return to Cullowhee to face the Wofford Terriers.

Western faces the Terriers for the forty-third time since 1952.





Game #8 - Wofford



When: Saturday, October 31 at TBA
Where: E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC 
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV / video: TBA

The Series: The Cats are 15-27 overall against the Terriers in a series that started in 1952, The Cats Terriers have played a total of 42 times, and Western has lost three in a row to the Terriers.

Games that will be played by the Bulldogs this season prior to the WCU contest:  (6 games)  The Terriers open the season in Traveler's Rest against the Furman Paladins, before returning to Spartanburg to face The Citadel and Mercer on back to back weekends. Wofford then travels to Birmingham to face the Bulldogs of Samford, then to Chattanooga to face the Mocs, before returning home to meet VMI

The last game played vs. WoffordOctober 19, 2019 - WCU Unable to Capitalize on Quick Strike in Loss at Wofford - Spartanburg, S.C. – Quarterback Tyrie Adams threw a career-long 69-yard touchdown pass on a toss-back reverse flea flicker on the game's first play Saturday afternoon, connecting with freshman WR Jaylin Young for the early 7-0 lead for Western Carolina. However, Adams was lost to a game-ending foot injury on the second offensive series and Wofford took advantage, stymieing the Catamounts on offense in limiting WCU to just 172 total yards of offense and four first downs – only one of which came after halftime – in handing the Catamounts a 59-7 setback in Southern Conference action from Gibbs Stadium.  


Head Coach:  Josh Conklin - Josh Conklin is entering his third season as head coach of the Wofford College football team. In his first season at the helm, the Terriers won the Southern Conference Championship and reached the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. Wofford announced on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, the hiring of Josh Conklin as the head football coach. Conklin, who spent the previous three seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh, was an assistant coach at Wofford from 2007-09 working with the secondary. Conklin has additional experience at Florida International, Tennessee, The Citadel and South Dakota State University, serving as the defensive coordinator at Pitt, Florida International, and The Citadel.

Last Season's Record (2019 Wofford):  8-4 overall, 4-2  home, 4-2 away, 7-1  in the SoCon.  Only conference loss was to Samford

Offensive Formation:  Triple Option
-2019 Offensive:  32.3 ppg.  (28th in FCS)
Defensive Formation:   Multiple 50
-2019 Defensive:  22.1 ppg.  (24th in FCS)
Starters returning/lost:    16  /  9
Offensive starters - Returning/Lost:  2  /  9
Defensive starters - Returning/Lost:  7  /  4
Specialist - Returning/Lost:  2  /  1
Lettermen - Returning/Lost:  47  /  23
2019 Postseason: FCS Playoffs First Round
Final 2019 National Rankings: 17

The defending SoCon champions Wofford won the 2019 Southern Conference Championship for the seventh time in program history, and the Terriers have claimed a portion of the SoCon trophy for the last three seasons. The Terriers are ranked in the top 25 preseason by Athlon (#22).

The Terriers only have 2 returning starters from last season, so there may be a big impact on their triple option.  The Terriers do however return 7 starters on defense.

TOP RETURNING OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
-WR TJ Luther (19 rec., 447 yards, 3 TD)
-RB Jacquez Allen (52 rushes, 528 yards, 4 TD)
-RB D'mauriae VanCleave (33 rushes, 260 yards, 3 TD, 23 rec., 362 yards, 3 TD)

TOP RETURNING DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
-LB Joe Beckett (50 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 PBU)
-LB John Beckley (46 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 2 PBU)
-DL Michael Mason (40 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 7.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble)


2019 Wofford Statistics
Rushing Offense: 3669 yards
Yards per game: 305.8
Yards per rush: 6.0 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 171
TDs rushing: 42
Passing Offense: 1290 yards or 107.5 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 8.5 yards
Passing 1st downs: 54
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 84-151-6
TDs Passing: 8
Total Offense: 4959 yards or 413.2
3d Down Conversions: 69-153
4th Down Conversions: 14-16
Field Goal: 10 of 12
On-side kicks: 0-1
Red Zone Scores: 43 of 46 for  93%
Red Zone Touchdowns: 34 of 46 for 74%
Avg per punt:  39.9 yrds


Game prediction: Per the Massey Ratings, the Cats have only a 12% probability of winning (17 - 35) over the Terriers.





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34 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - #34 Ezekiel Jennette









It's now 34 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

Today we'll highlight a defensive end:


#34 Ezekiel Jennette








POSITION Defensive End
HEIGHT 5-11
WEIGHT 235
CLASS Redshirt Junior
HOMETOWN Durham, N.C.
COLLEGE  NC State
HIGH SCHOOL Southern Durham HS










2019 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in all 12 of the team’s games on the season with four starts between linebacker and defensive line … Credited with 10 tackles on the season including five solo stops and one tackle for loss coming on a sack … Matched a career-high with two tackles twice coming at Chattanooga (Sept. 28) and at home against Samford (Nov. 16) … Forced a fumble in the home overtime win over ETSU (Nov. 9) … Named 2019 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference.

2018 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 11 games as a defensive reserve along the line, as well as on special teams … Finished with five tackle assists on the year … Made his WCU and collegiate debut in the season-opener against Newberry (Sept. 1) … Credited with his first career tackle against Chattanooga (Oct. 13) … Twice posted a career-high of two tackles at Mercer (Oct. 20) and against Wofford (Nov. 10) ... Named to the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU from North Carolina State during the summer of 2018 ... Did not see game action at NCSU in 2017;

High School: Attended Durham Tech before N.C. State ... Was a Big 8 all-conference performer on defense as a prep ... Recorded 50+ tackles as a senior including a team-high eight sacks.





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Thursday, July 30, 2020

35 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - #35 Justin Matthews









It's now 35 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

Today we'll highlight a wide receiver:


 #35 Justin Matthews






POSITION Wide Receive
HEIGHT 6-0
WEIGHT 175
CLASS Resshirt Freshman
HOMETOWN Gibsonville, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Eastern Guilford HSbr />









2019 (Freshman): Did not see game action.

Prior to Western Carolina: Two-way starter on both offense and defense playing varsity for three seasons ... As a senior, caught 26 passes for 497 yards and seven touchdowns adding 60 rushing yards and a score ... Earned Rotary Club of Greensboro Player of the Week in 2018, recording three touchdowns including two receiving and one rushing with 115 receiving yards and 25 on the ground ... Also played basketball and ran track as a prep.





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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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37 Days 'till WCU Football Kickoff - #37 Ty Harris









It's now 37 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Thursday, September 3th, 2020 at 7 pm, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in Roy Kid Stadium, Richmond, KY.

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

Today we'll highlight a linebacker 


#37 Ty Harris





POSITION Linebacker
HEIGHT 6-1
WEIGHT 245
CLASS Senior
HOMETOWN Dacula, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL Dacula HS










2019 (Junior): Started all 12 seasonal games at linebacker … Led the Catamounts in tackles in 2019 finishing with a career-best 109 total hits including 45 solo hits and 7.0 tackles for loss ... Ranked fourth in the SoCon with 106 tackles and an average of 8.8 tackles per game … Credited with two quarterback hurries … Posted four double-digit tackle games including a career-high 17 at home against Samford (Nov. 16) ... Claimed SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting 11 tackles including 4.0 TFLs in the overtime victory over ETSU (Nov. 9) … Recovered a fumble to accompany eight tackles against nationally-ranked Alabama (Nov. 23) in the season finale … Named second-team All-Southern Conference by the league’s voting media.

2018 (Sophomore): Started 10 of WCU’s 11 games on the year, missing the season-opener against Newberry … Finished the year ranked fourth on the Catamount defense with 87 total tackles including 46 solo stops and five tackles for loss with a pair of sacks … His 8.7 tackle per game average ranked him fourth in the Southern Conference … Tallied double-digit tackles four times on the season, credited with a single-game career-high 14 on the road at Samford (Oct. 6) … Had 11 stops against Chattanooga (Oct. 13), The Citadel (Nov. 3), and at North Carolina (Nov. 17) … Credited with three QB hurries … Also recorded a pair of interceptions coming in the road games at Furman (Sept. 29) and Samford (Oct. 6), returning both nine yards for a total of 18 yards on the year … Named to the Sophomore All-America team by HERO Sports.

2017 (Freshman): Saw action in all 12 of the team's games on the season on special teams and as a defensive substitution ... Recorded 18 tackles on the season including 12 solo stops with half a tackle for loss ... Made his collegiate debut on the road at Hawai'i (Sept. 2) with his first career tackle coming in the home-opener against Davidson (Sept. 9) ... Posted a career-best three tackles twice - in the road win at Chattanooga (Sept. 30) and in the season-finale against FBS-foe, North Carolina (Nov. 18) ... Made two tackles including half a tackle for loss in the home win over nationally-ranked Samford (Sept. 23).

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.

Personal: Full name is Paul Tyreon Harris ... Is the son of Kisemee and Paul Harris.