Wednesday, June 12, 2024

78 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #78 Evan Carney







It's now 78 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC 

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight an offensive lineman

#78 Evan Carney








Position Offensive Line
Height 6-3
Weight 305
Class Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown Nashville, Tenn.
High School Christ Presbyterian Academy












2023 (Redshirt Freshman): Missed the season due to an off-season injury … Returned to the practice field for the team’s annual spring drills.

2022 (Freshman): Saw action in two games, remaining eligible for a redshirt … Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Charleston Southern (Sept. 3) and also played in the home win over Presbyterian (Sept. 17) ... Named to the 2022-23 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll ... Received a SoCon Commissioner's Medal.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a two-time first-team all-state and all-region selection, earning first-team plaudits as a senior ... Helped his high school to two state championships as a freshman and junior, and twice a state runner-up finish ... Only allowed one sack as a sophomore and did not allow a sack as a junior … Also played baseball where he was the closer, and participated in track & field as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Evan Nelson Carney ... Is the son of Michelle and John Carney ... Has a younger sister, Leah ... His uncle played football at Chattanooga.















Tuesday, June 11, 2024

79 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - Malik Goodman







It's now 79 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC 

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 currently assigned to #79, so today we will highlight another assistant coach.

Malik Goodman




TITLE Assistant Coach / Safeties



Malik Goodman played collegiately at Tusculum University and earned his coaching start at his alma mater. He joined the Catamount football defensive coaching staff in January 2024. Goodman coaches the safeties in the Catamount defensive secondary.

Goodman joins former Tusculum head coach – and current WCU defensive coordinator – Jerry Odom on the Catamount defensive staff after serving as the defensive backs coach and pass game coordinator from 2021-23.

Goodman began his career as a defensive graduate assistant for the Pioneers in the COVID-abbreviated Spring 2021 season. Guided by a defense that limited opponents to just 17.6 points and 311.2 yards per game, Tusculum posted a 4-1 record and won the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) championship. The Pioneers allowed a league-low 84 rushing yards per game.

Between the 2022 and 2023 seasons, Tusculum’s defense recorded a combined 36 interceptions including a SAC-leading 19 in 2022 that ranked third in the NCAA Division II rankings. The Pioneers ranked second in the conference with 17 picks in 2023 – a mark that also ranked among the Top 15 nationally. The 2022 Tusculum defense limited opponents to just 159.6 passing yards per game, ranked 15th in the country.

During his three seasons at Tusculum, he mentored two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection in nickelback Ryan Dolce, with safety Jermaine Witherspoon, and cornerbacks Andrae Robinson and Tykorian Brown also earning postseason plaudits.

Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Goodman was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference (SAC) standout where he played in 39 career games for the Pioneers. He recorded 193 career tackles including 14 for loss with three sacks. He accounted for 19 passes defended, finishing his career tied for the 10th in program history. He added five career takeaways with three interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries while also forcing two fumbles.

Goodman earned All-Super Region 2 honors in 2018 as he tallied 48 tackles including five for loss with a sack, an interception, a fumble recovery, and two pass breakups. He was awarded SAC Defensive Player of the Week after posting eight tackles and forced a critical fourth-quarter force with the recovery to preserve a 31-28 win over Mars Hill in October 2018.

As a senior, Goodman collected All-SAC plaudits for a second consecutive season as he recorded 47 stops with an interception and three passes defended.

Goodman graduated from Tusculum in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He also earned a Master of Arts in Organizational Training & Performance Management from Tusculum in 2021.

Malik is married to Yoland Goodman.




Monday, June 10, 2024

80 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #80 Rashad Davis







It's now 80 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC 

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight a wide receiver.

#8Rashad Davis


.
.





Position Wide Receiver
Height 5-11
Weight 185
Class Sophomore
Hometown Miami, Fla.
High School Northwestern HS











2023 (Freshman): Did not see game action.

Prior to Western Carolina: Over his final two seasons, caught 61 passes for 806 yards and 10 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps … Caught 38 passes for 452 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021, helping Northwestern High make a deep run in Florida’s 6-A playoffs … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and a two-star recruit by Rivals.

Personal: Has a nickname of “Punchie.”





Sunday, June 9, 2024

81 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #81 Ca'Lique Cunningham


It's now 81 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight a wide receiver.

#81 Ca'Lique Cunningham









Position Wide Receiver
Height 5-9
Weight 185
Class Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown Rock Hill, S.C.
High School Northwestern HS










2023 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in one game, seeing his lone action at home against Charleston Southern (Sept. 23) … Made his first career reception and caught his first career touchdown pass on the same play – a 17-yard scoring strike from QB Taron Dickens late in the fourth quarter … Caught two passes for 51 total yards in WCU’s annual Spring Game.

2022 (Freshman): Saw action in one game on special teams and as a reserve on offense … Made his collegiate debut in the home win over Presbyterian (Sept. 17) … Did not record any official statistics ... Named to the 2022-23 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Played wide receiver and cornerback at Northwestern HS for head coach Page Wofford ... Recorded 45 catches for 578 yards receiving and eight touchdowns ... Earned Nortwhestern Trojans Player of the Week honors in week one of his senior year after catching two touchdown passes and returning a kickoff for a TD ... Collected the Ben Watson Award from his team as a senior ... Also ran track and wrestled as a prep, earning all-region and advanced to the state tournament in wrestling.

Personal: Full name is Ca'Lique Zechariah Cunningham ... Is the son of Stacey Holley ... Has a younger sister, JaNyia.


Saturday, June 8, 2024

82 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #82 Matthew Keener


It's now 82 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight a wide receiver.

#82 Matthew Keener





Position Wide Receiver
Height 6-2
Weight 175
Class True Freshman
Hometown Pilot Mountain, N.C.
High School East Surry HS










Prior to Western Carolina: Joined the Catamount football team as a preferred walk-on … Was an early enrollee, coming to WCU in spring 2024 … Two-year varsity letter winner at East Surry High, coached by Trent Lowman … Caught 46 passes for 723 yards and 13 touchdowns over his final two seasons as a prep – the bulk coming as a senior that saw him catch 42 passes for 72 yards and each of his TDs to earn all-conference honors … Tied a school record with four TD catches in a game against West Wilks HS … Named to the 2023 North Carolina East/West All-Star game … Also competed in basketball and track, while also earning all-conference honors in baseball as a prep, making 10 appearances on the mound with three starts



Friday, June 7, 2024

83 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #83 Ryan Sims


It's now 83 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight a wide receiver.

#83 Ryan Sims





Position Wide Receiver
Height 5-8
Weight 160
Class Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
High School Ft. Lauderdale HS










2023 (Redshirt Freshman): Did not see game action.

2022 (Freshman): Did not see game action … Caught five passes for a team-best 75 receiving yards in WCU’s annual Spring Game.

Personal: Is the younger brother of former WCU wide receiver Raphael Williams.



Thursday, June 6, 2024

84 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - Kyle Dickey


It's now 84 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

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

No player is currently assigned to #84, so we will highlight an assistant coach.

Kyle Dickey



TITLE Assistant Coach / Tight Ends



Kyle Dickey, the former offensive coordinator at Tusculum University, joined the Catamount football offensive coaching staff as the tight ends coach in January 2024.

Dickey joins a Catamount offensive staff that includes first-year coordinator Rylan Wells, who was promoted from the same position group on Bell’s staff. Greg McGruder was also promoted to wide receivers coach after three seasons on staff as a quality control coach.

On staff at his alma mater, Tusculum, since 2019, Dickey worked on the coaching staffs of former head coach – and now WCU’s defensive coordinator, Jerry Odom – and coached alongside former Catamount offensive coordinator Kade Bell who ACC-member Pittsburgh hired in December 2023.

Most recently, Dickey was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tusculum, also carrying the title of interim head coach upon Odom’s departure for Cullowhee. While Dickey was on staff in Greeneville, Tenn., the Pioneers won two South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Mountain Division titles and finished in the top four of the conference in each of his five seasons. Tusculum posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2022 and 2023 with the team’s 8-3 record in 2022 marking the program’s best since 2008. During his tenure, Dickey also mentored 16 All-South Atlantic Conference standouts on offense.

The 2020-21 Tusculum offensive unit generated some outstanding numbers as the Pioneers went 4-1 and claimed the SAC Mountain Division title and posted a thrilling 28-23 win at defending league champion Lenoir-Rhyne as TU won its third SAC Championship. The Pioneers led the league in scoring offense (37.6 ppg), total offense (533.4 yds/gm), and passing offense (394.2 yds/gm).

He took the reins as offensive coordinator in 2021 when Kade Bell joined his father on staff at WCU. In his first season, the Pioneers scored 366 points (33.3 points per game – 2nd in SAC, 38th in NCAA II), representing the fifth-highest season total in program history. The offense was a balanced attack with 21 rushing touchdowns and 21 passing TDs. All told, Tusculum finished the season third in the league in total offense at 400.5 yards per game including 257 passing yards per game – second in the SAC and 31st nationally.

The following season, the Pioneers went 8-3 in 2022 and finished runner-up in the SAC Mountain Division. Tusculum averaged 30.5 points (4th in SAC 50th in NCAA II) and 395.6 yards of total offense per game (2nd in SAC / 49th in NCAA II). Tusculum also finished second in the SAC averaging 235.2 passing yards per contest (39th in NCAA II).

Dickey has experience in Western North Carolina as he earned his coaching start on the sidelines at nearby Brevard High. From 2015-2018 as an assistant coach and the offensive coordinator for the final three years, he helped the Blue Devils to three North Carolina state playoff appearances (2016-2018) including a 2016 conference championship – the program’s first in 10 years.

Leading Brevard’s offense, the Blue Devils posted a 27-13 record that included a regional runner-up finish. His 2016 unit averaged 37.2 points per game while amassing 332.3 yards offensively per contest. Over three seasons, BHS averaged 31 points per game on offense before he returned to Tusculum as the offensive graduate assistant coach in June 2019.

A versatile student-athlete, Dickey played at Tusculum from 2011 to 2014 where he saw action at quarterback, wide receiver, and tight end. He was the first player in program history to record a touchdown pass, catch, and scoring rush in a career. His 61.9 completion percentage remains the fourth-best in Tusculum history.

As a senior in 2014, Dickey led Tusculum to four straight come-from-behind wins to end the season including a 14-10 road win at Wingate. That was followed by a 20-17 overtime win over UNC Pembroke the next week as he completed a 27-yard TD pass on fourth down for the game-winner. In his final collegiate game, Dickey rallied Tusculum from a 12-point deficit with 3:29 left in the contest with two TD passes in a 38-35 win at Mars Hill, earning SAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

A native of McDonough, Ga., just southeast of Atlanta, Dickey played his prep career at Luella High in Locust Grove, Ga., where he garnered All-Region honors while passing for 3,500 yards and 35 touchdowns. He led the 2009 team to its first-ever playoff appearance in program history.

Dickey graduated from Tusculum in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports science while minoring in coaching. He earned his master's degree at Tusculum in 2020 in organizational training and performance management. While a student-athlete, he was a member of the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.



Wednesday, June 5, 2024

85 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #85 David Hulbert


It's now 85 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight a tight end.

#85 David Hulbert







Position Tight End
Height 6-4
Weight 220
Class Redshirt Freshman
Hometown Charlotte, N.C.
High School Charlotte Christian School












2023 (Freshman): Did not see game action ... Was credited with a team-best three catches for 27 yards in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Named first-team All-Big South Conference as a senior … Caught 24 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns over his final two seasons in high school, according to MaxPreps … Also ran track as a prep.

Personal: Is the son of Lisa and Paul Hulbert ... Has a brother, Henry, and a sister, Grace.








Tuesday, June 4, 2024

86 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - Brian Cochran









It's now 86 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

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

No player is currently assigned to #86 so today we will highlight an assistant coach.

Brian Cochran







TITLE    Assistant Coach / Defensive Line


Brian Cochran joined the Catamount football coaching staff as the defensive line coach ahead of spring drills in mid-March 2022. Cochran is a veteran collegiate coach who spent the previous four seasons in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) between both the University of Akron and Kent State University.

Cochran came to Cullowhee having spent the past three seasons as the defensive line coach at the University of Akron. He coached at rival Kent State in 2018 where he mentored second-team All-Mid-American Conference defensive lineman Kalil Morris.

His experience also includes a year in the Southern Conference as he coached the defensive line at Chattanooga in 2017. That season, the Mocs led the league in total defense, allowing just 326.4 yards per game overall and just over 300 yards of offense against conference opponents. UTC also paced the SoCon in pass defense and allowed the second-fewest first downs.

Much of Cochran’s football career has ties in Northeast Ohio. Before his stints at Akron and Kent State, he spent 11 seasons as a coach and four as a player at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, just east of Cleveland. He served in a variety of roles including defensive line coach, defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and director of football operations at his alma mater. The Blue Streaks made three NCAA playoff appearances from 2013-16 including a semifinals appearance in 2016, finishing 13th in the nation in rushing defense and averaged just over three sacks per game.

In six of his 10 seasons at JCU, Cochran was the defensive line coach with the squad pacing in the nation in several categories including rushing defense and points allowed per game. His 2015 defensive line unit led the nation in sacks (45) and landed four players on the all-conference team, while JCU’s 2014 NCAA quarterfinalist team ranked seventh in the nation in total defense.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Cochran spent time as a head coach at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, from 2003-06 and as an assistant coach at both MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., and Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. In addition to football where he fostered 10 all-conference selections and one All-American, Cochran was the head wrestling coach at Heidelberg for two years.

A 1990 graduate of John Carroll University, Cochran was an All-American nose tackle as a senior in 1989, helping earn the program’s first NCAA Division III tournament bid. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1990. He was inducted into the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 30, 2011.

A native of Painesville, Ohio, Cochran, earned a master’s degree in education from Dayton in 1993.




Monday, June 3, 2024

87 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #87 Jake Young









It's now 87 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight a wide receiver.

#87 Jake Young

 







Position Tight End
Height 6-3
Weight 240
Class Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown Waxhaw, N.C.
High School Marvin Ridge HS











2023 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in four games as an offensive reserve and on special teams … Caught a pair of passes for four total yards … Made his WCU debut in the road win at Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 16) … Caught his first pass as a Catamount at The Citadel (Sept. 30) … Added a reception in the home win over ETSU (Nov. 11) … Recorded five receptions and a touchdown in WCU’s annual Spring Game.

2022 (Freshman) Redshirt at UNC Chapel Hill

Prior to Western Carolina: A three-year player at Marvin Ridge HS for coach Aubrey Carter ... Caught 40 passes for 419 yards and two TDs over his final two seasons ... Also had a passing and rushing touchdown ... Added 49 tackles and three sacks on defense ... Named a team captain ... Selected to the Shrine Bowl, the Blue-Grey All-American Game, and the Queen City Senior Bowl ... Tabbed all-conference as a both a junior and senior ... Earned all-county honors as a senior ... Also played baseball and basketball.

Personal: Is the son of Shannon and Jason Young ... His father, Jason, played football at Western Carolina as an offensive guard from 1990-94 ... His sister, Maggie, played collegiate volleyball where she was a three-time all-conference middle blocker and 2023 SAC Player of the Year at Wingate, now coaching at Tulsa ... Grandfather, John, was a pitcher at North Carolina baseball and uncle, John, played basketball at Sewanee ... A member of the Student Superintendent Council.



Sunday, June 2, 2024

88 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #88 Patrick Boyd Jr.









It's now 88 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight a wide receiver.

#88 Patrick Boyd Jr.


Position Wide Receiver
Height 5-10
Weight 160
Class Redshirt Freshman
Hometown Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School Fort Lauderdale HS





2023 (Freshman): Saw game action in four games, remaining eligible for a redshirt … Made his collegiate debut at home against Charleston Southern (Sept. 23), recording his first career reception for seven yards … Caught three passes for a combined 48 yards, adding two kick returns for 41 total yards … Averaged 16 yards per catch including a career-long 36 yards … Caught a career-best two passes for a career-high 41 yards in the home win over ETSU (Nov. 11) … Returned two kickoffs for 41 yards against Mercer (Oct. 28).

Prior to Western Carolina: Took snaps at wide receiver, running back, and quarterback as a prep, adding two scores on special teams … In 10 games, caught 33 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 559 yards on 68 carries with six scores on the ground … Also tossed a pair of TD passes … Played for head coach Richard Dunbar … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.

Personal: Is the son of Laqueisa Bradley-Boyd and Patrick Boyd Sr.







Saturday, June 1, 2024

89 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #89 Christian Lowery









It's now 89 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight a kicker.

#89 Christian Lowery









Position Kicker
Height 5-11
Weight 180
Class Junior
Hometown Acworth, Ga.
High School Harrison HS









Prior to Western Carolina: Was a mid-year transfer from the University of Cincinnati where he spent two seasons (2021, 2022) … Appeared in six games over two seasons, finishing 21-of-21 on PATs including 20 successful tries as a freshman in 2021 … Kicked one extra point in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl in 2022 … Made a career-best five PATs against both ECU and Houston in the AAC Championship game … Was 2-for-4 on field goals including hitting a 32-yarder against Navy … Scored 26 career points over two seasons; At Harrison High: Made nine of 11 field goal attempts and put 57 of his 95 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks for the 2019 Georgia Class 6A championship team … Made a 40-yard field goal in the championship game against Allatoona … Averaged 34.1 yards per punt … Was rated as the No. 34 overall kicker by Kornblue coming out as a prep.

at Cincinnati... 

2022: Backup kicker...Connected on only extra point attempt at the Wasabi Fenway Bowl. 

2021: Appeared in five games...Was a perfect 20- 20 on PATs this season, including making five each against ECU and Houston in the AAC Championship game..Made two out of four field goals on the season, including a 32-yarder against Navy.









Friday, May 31, 2024

90 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - Cody Edwards









It's now 90 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

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

No player is currently assigned the number 90, so we will highlight another assistant coach.

Cody Edwards




TITLE Assistant Coach / Special Teams Coordinator / Linebackers


Cody Edwards joined the Western Carolina football staff as a quality control coach working primarily with the defensive unit. Ahead of the 2022 season, he was promoted to an assistant coach working with the linebackers. In February 2024, Edwards was additionally named WCU's Special Teams Coordinator.

Edwards came to Cullowhee after working at Tusculum University from 2018 through 2021, progressing to associate head coach and defensive coordinator. He served as the Tusculum safeties coach and was also the running game coordinator during the 2018 campaign. He took over coaching the TU linebackers and was promoted to defensive coordinator in March 2019.

The 2020-21 Pioneers posted a 4-1 record during the COVID shortened spring campaign where TU won the SAC's Mountain Division and followed with a 28-23 win at defending league champion Lenoir-Rhyne to win the program its first SAC Championship since 2008. The Tusculum defense limited the opposition to 17.6 points per contest while holding teams to 311.2 yards per game including a SAC-best 84 rushing yards per outing.

In his first year as defensive coordinator, the 2019 Pioneers led the SAC in defensive touchdowns scored (3 – 23rd in NCAA II), first down defense (175 – 21st in NCAA II), and fourth down percentage defense (.286 - 10th in NCAA II). Tusculum was also 28th in the country in total defense (309 ypg). He coached two All-South Atlantic Conference linebackers in Ivan Hogans and Jackson Cauthen, who was also recognized for his work off the field where he was an honors student and a two-time member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Football first team.

A Haysi, Va., native Edwards earned his start in the coaching profession at Eastside High in Coeburn, Va., as the wide receivers and defensive backs coach, while also serving as the junior varsity head coach. He also has high school coaching experience at Pinecrest High in Southern Pines, N.C., in 2012.

Prior to going to Tusculum, Edwards served as the co-defensive coordinator at Keiser University and was defensive coordinator at The John Cooper School in 2016. He was the run game and defensive coordinator at Royal Palm Beach High School for two seasons and coached safeties and was the assistant secondary coach at John Carroll University in 2013, helping the team to a 9-2 record and a berth to the NCAA Playoffs. He mentored three all-conference players including one All-American.

Edwards served as an intern on the football staff at Tennessee during the 2012 season where duties included being a liaison for all NFL and professional scouts and the "Vol for Life" Program. He also aided the football operations staff and worked with the university’s summer football camps.

Edwards is a 2010 graduate of the University of Virginia's College at Wise with a BS in business administration while also lettering on the football team. He earned his Master's degree from Tusculum in May 2021.







Thursday, May 30, 2024

91 Days Until WCU Football Kickoff - #91Jaquarius Guinn









It's now 91 days until the kickoff of Catamount Football on Thursday, August 29, 2024, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

To help pass those long summer days, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful a little 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 will highlight a defensive lineman.

#91 Jaquarius Guinn







Position Defensive Line
Height 6-2
Weight 290
Class Senior
Hometown Clover, S.C.
High School Clover HS











PRONUNCIATION: Jaquarius (juh-QUAIR-e us) Guinn (GIHN, like win) - goes by JQ

2023 (Junior)
: Saw action in all 11 games on the year with nine starts along the defensive line … Credited with 26 total tackles including eight solo stops … Recorded 2.5 total for loss with two sacks on the year … Charted one quarterback hurry … Posted tackles in all but one of the games on the year … Recorded three tackles twice including a half a sack against Samford (Sept. 9) and a full sack at The Citadel (Sept. 30) … Finished with four tackles three times with four assists including a half sack against Charleston Southern (Sept. 23) and at Wofford (Nov. 4) with four tackle assists against Mercer (Oct. 28).

2022 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 of the team’s games with 10 starts along the defensive front … Recorded 21 tackles on the year with seven solo stops with three tackles for loss including a pair of quarterback sacks … Posted tackles in nine of the 11 games on the season … Recovered a fumble and returned it 18 yards in the season-opener at Charleston Southern (Sept. 3) … Recorded sacks at Samford (Sept. 24) and at home against VMI (Oct. 1) … Matched his career-high with five tackles twice, at Furman (Oct. 15) and in the home win over nationally-ranked Chattanooga (Nov. 19).>

2021 (Freshman*): Played in nine games with seven starts on the defensive line ... Credited with 14 total tackles including seven solo stops and one tackle for loss ... Had at least one tackle in each game he played ... Posted two tackles including one for a three-yard loss in the season-opener against Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 4) ... Recorded a season-high three tackles at the road win at Wofford (Oct. 30), adding a second-quarter fumble recovery that led to a WCU offensive touchdown.>

2020-21 (Freshman): Played in all nine of the team’s seasonal games with four starts along the defensive line … Finished the year with 21 tackles including 19 coming in Southern Conference play in the spring semester with half a tackle for loss … Credited with a pair of quarterback hurries … Made his WCU debut in the season-opener at Liberty (Nov. 14), recording a solo tackle … Posted two tackles including half a tackle for loss at Samford (Feb. 27) … Recorded a career-best five tackles at Mercer (March 20) … Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team.>

Prior to Western Carolina: Named South Carolina (SCFCA) 5-A All-State along the defensive line and was selected to the North team in the South Carolina 2019 North-South game … Garnered Defensive Lineman of the Week honors from the The Herald in Rock Hill after tallying six tackles, a sack, and a pass deflection on the game-sealing interception … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … High school coach was Brian Lane.>

Personal: Full name is Jaquarius Jerome Guinn ... Goes by "JQ" … Is the son of David Guinn and Gracie Kirkpatrick.