Sunday, June 10, 2018

83 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #83 Ian Berryman

It's now 83 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 1, 2018, against the Newberry College Wolves, in Cullowhee.

For the season's kick-off game, the Cats will host a "White Out" in E.J. Whitmire Stadium as the Cats sport their all-white look, white Adidas jerseys over white pants; and for the fourth-straight year, a postgame fireworks extravaganza.

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 100-day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

Today we'll highlight an All American P/K:

#83 Ian Berryman

Class: RS Senior
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School: Fellowship Christian School
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 205
Position: P/K

2017 (Redshirt Junior): Selected preseason All-America by STATS FCS ... Named to the 2017 Preseason FCS All-America team as selected and released by Athlon Sports and College Sports Madness ... Selected preseason first-team All-FCS by Lindy's Sports ... Tabbed preseason first team All-Southern Conference by the league's head coaches.

2016 (Redshirt Sophomore): Appeared in all 11 seasonal games as the starting punter ... Finished the season with a WCU single-season record punting average at 44.9 yards per punt -- a mark which ranked second in the SoCon and put him fourth nationally ... Punted a combined 52 times for 2,335 yards with 19 punts of 50-or-more yards including a season-long boot of 64 yards twice, against The Citadel (Oct. 1) and at Mercer (Oct. 15) ... Downed 18 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line with just four touchbacks ... Carried the football 19 yards on a fake punt at ETSU (Sept. 17) ... Booted five kicks of 50-plus yards twice against The Citadel and at Samford (Oct. 22) ... Named first team All-Southern Conference by the league's head coaches and second team All-SoCon from the voting media ... Selected to the HERO Sports 2016 FCS Sophomore All-America team ... Named to the 2016 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team ... Named to the 2016-17 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll ... Boomed two punts of 50+ yards, averaging 53.5 yards per kick to lead the specialists in WCU's annual Spring Game ... Split the uprights on three PATs while also connecting on a 31-yard field goal.

2015 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in all 11 games for the Catamounts as the starting punter ... Punted 58 times for 2,534 yards, averaging 43.7 yards per kick -- the second-best average in the SoCon and eighth nationally ... Booted 14 punts of 50-or-more yards ... Downed 22 of his 58 kicks inside the opponent 20-yard line with just five touchbacks ... First career punt came against Mars Hill (Sept. 5), punting five times in the game with all five downed inside the Lions' 20-yard line ... Punted a career-high 10 times at Tennessee (Sept. 19) ... Crested 60-yards on punts three-times including a career-long boot of 65 yards against Samford (Oct. 24) ... Named first team All-Southern Conference by the league's head coaches and second team All-SoCon by the voting media ... Was also selected to the SoCon All-Freshman team ... Was a national finalist for the STATS FCS Freshman of the Year ... Was a second team All-America selection by College Sports Madness ... Listed on the College Sporting News "Fabulous FIfty" All-America squad as a punter ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2014 (Freshman): Redshirted.

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: Is the son of Scott and Michele Berryman ... Majoring in communication with a concentration in broadcasting.

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations 

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