Saturday, June 19, 2021

77 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #77 Chris Morgan

 






Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 77 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Defensive Tackle:

#77 Chris Morgan








POSITION Defensive Tackle
HEIGHT 6-0
WEIGHT 255
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Maiden, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Maiden HS












2020-21 (Freshman): Converted from tight end to defensive line, seeing action in each of the team’s six games in the spring semester as a reserve on defense … Credited with six total tackles including half a tackle for loss … Made his collegiate debut at Furman (Feb. 20) … Tallied his first career tackle against VMI (March 6) … Posted a career-best three tackles including half a tackle for loss at Mercer (March 20).

Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner and a three-time All-South Fork 2A Conference selection ... Played as a middle linebacker and tight end as a prep ... Caught three TD passes as a tight end as a senior coming on nine total receptions for 133 yards, according to MaxPreps ... Selected to the 83rd annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolina's, just the 12th from his high school all-time ... As a sophomore linebacker, recorded 118 tackles in helping Maiden go undefeated in the regular season, winning the South Fork 2A conference championship.





Friday, June 18, 2021

78 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #78 Garrett Bowman







Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 78 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight an Offensive Lineman:

#78 Garrett Bowman








POSITION Offensive Line
HEIGHT 6-4
WEIGHT 270
CLASS Redshirt Sophomore
HOMETOWN Arab, Ala.
HIGH SCHOOL Arab HS










2020-21 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in five games as a reserve along the offensive line and on special teams … Did not record any official statistics playing along the offensive line.

2019 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in 10 of the team’s 12 seasonal games with one start … Made his first collegiate start at nationally-ranked FBS opponent, Alabama (Nov. 23) … Did not record any official statistics playing along the offensive line.

2018 (Freshman): Saw action in one game, making his collegiate debut on the road at Mercer (Oct. 20) … Did not record any official statistics playing along the offensive line … Expected to take a redshirt.

Prior to Western Carolina: Recruited as an offensive lineman … Two-year varsity letter winner on both the offensive and defensive line for high school coach Adam Gilbert … Credited with 72 career tackles including 46 as a senior … Credited with 20 career tackles for loss including nine sacks … Added four receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown as a senior … Name first team All-Marshall County and earned all-region plaudits … Earned Zaxby’s Player of the Game eight times during his junior and senior years including five times in his final season.

Personal: Full name is Matthew Garrett Bowman … Is the son of Lisa and Joel Bowman … Has two younger siblings, John Brady and Drew.







Thursday, June 17, 2021

79 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #79 Aidan Alston







Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 79 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight an Offensive Lineman:

#79 Aidan Alston










POSITION Offensive Line
HEIGHT 6-2
WEIGHT 250
CLASS Redshirt Freshman
HOMETOWN Southern Pines, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Pinecrest HS






2020-21 (Redshirt Freshman): After opening the fall 2020 in the defensive line position group, converted to the offensive line in the spring 2021 … Played in two games on defense in the fall, making his collegiate debut at Liberty (Nov. 14) … Did not record any statistics.

2019 (Freshman): Did not see game action, taking a redshirt.

Prior to Western Carolina: Two-year varsity letter winner on the defensive line and as a long snapper … Credited with 59 career tackles with five tackles for loss … Also wrestled as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Aidan Neuman Alston … Is the son of Willow and Anthony Alston.






Wednesday, June 16, 2021

80 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #80 Keenan Hambrick







Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 80 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Wide Receiver:

#80 Keenan Hambrick







POSITION Wide Receiver
HEIGHT 6-3
WEIGHT 195
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Athens, Ala.
HIGH SCHOOL Athens HS









2020-21 (Freshman): Saw action in eight of the team’s nine games on the season with one start at wide receiver … Caught nine passes for 74 yards and added one tackle … Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Liberty (Nov. 14) … Made his first career reception at Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 21), a four-yard grab from QB Will Jones … Caught a career-best four passes for a career-high 42 yards at Samford (Feb. 27) that included a career-long grab of 14 yards … Also caught two passes against The Citadel (March 13) … Made his first career start at Mercer (March 20).

Prior to Western Carolina: … As a junior, caught 24 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Verbally committed to Kansas as a junior … Played for Austin HS in the Hoover City Elite 7-on-7 Championship in Hoover … Also, plays basketball and participates in jumping events in track & field as a prep.

Personal: Is the son of Larinda Donnell.





Tuesday, June 15, 2021

81 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #81 Kendall Alford







Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 81 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Wide Receiver:

#81 Kendall Alford










POSITION Wide Receiver
HEIGHT 5-10
WEIGHT 175
CLASS Redshirt Freshman
HOMETOWN Marietta, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL Walton HS










2020-21 (Redshirt Freshman)
: Did not see game action.

2019 (Freshman): Did not see game action, taking a redshirt.
 
Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner … Earned first team all-county and first team all-region honors as a senior … Was also dubbed first-team All-AAAAAAA by Recruit Georgia and a received a second-team nod from the Georgia Sports Writers Association … Recorded 114 career receptions for 1,923 yards and 16 touchdowns in his prep career including a single-season high of 59 catches for 1,071 yards and 11 TDs as a senior as a part of amassing 1,285 all-purpose yards … Caught 35 passes for 599 yards and four scores as a junior … Added three career rushing scores and completed 3-of-4 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown ... High school coach was Daniel Brunner.

Personal: Full name is Kendall Rishun Alford … Is the son of Sandra and Travis Alford … Has two younger siblings, Jackson and Olivia … His father played football at Auburn.





Monday, June 14, 2021

82 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #82 Jakobe Quillen







Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 82 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Wide Receiver:


#82 Jakobe Quillen










POSITION Wide Receiver
HEIGHT 6-3
WEIGHT 190
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Florence, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Wilson HS











Prior to Western Carolina: A big-bodied receiver who was a four-year starter … Listed as one of the top 25 recruits in the state of South Carolina by the Charlotte Observer … Caught 104 career passes for 1,662 career yards and 21 touchdowns including 937 receiving yards and 14 TDs on 62 catches as a senior … Tossed a 64-yard touchdown pass to give him 1,726 career yards … Collected Primetime Performer of the Week after catching 13 passes for 174 yards and two scores in a win over West Florence HS … Selected to the South team in the South Carolina 2019 North-South game … High school coach was Derek Howard.

Personal: Is the son of Lisa White and Jacob Quillen.







Sunday, June 13, 2021

83 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #83 Brandon Dickerson







Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 83 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Punter

#83 Brandon Dickerson
 










POSITION Punter
HEIGHT 5-11
WEIGHT
195
CLASS Sophomore
HOMETOWN Fort Mill, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Indian Land HS









2020-21 (Sophomore): Saw action in each of the team’s three games in the fall as the starting punter before missing the spring semester games due to injury … Punted 20 times for 770 yards, averaging 38.5 yards per punt including a season-long punt of 52 yards at Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 21) … Downed 10 of his 20 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line including seven at EKU … Credited with a solo tackle at North Carolina (Dec. 5).

2019 (Freshman): Played in eight games as a true freshman handling the bulk of the team’s punting duties … Punted a combined 42 times for 1,533 yards, averaging 36.5 yards per punt one kick sailing 50+ yards and seven downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line … Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener against Mercer (Aug. 31), punting seven times with a 36.3 average … Punted a career-high 10 times at N.C. State (Sept. 7) including his career-long 59-yard punt and twice downing the football inside the Wolfpack 20-yard line … Punted three-or-more times in seven of his eight games on the year … Credited with two solo tackles ... Named to the 2019-20 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Three-time all-region selection and a three-time Special Teams Player of the Year for his squad … Averaged 41 yards per punt as a senior including a long of 68 yards … Connected on 6-of-8 (75%) of his field goals including a long of 49 yards, while hitting all 21 of his PAT attempts … Added 17 touchbacks on kickoffs … Selected to represent North Carolina in the International Bowl – US vs. Canada – for four-consecutive seasons … High school coach was Horatio “HB” Blades.

Personal: Is the son of Shanna and Lyn Dickerson and an older sister, Brenna.





Saturday, June 12, 2021

84 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #84 Owen Cosenke







Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 84 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Tight End:
 
#84 Owen Cosenke







POSITION Tight End
HEIGHT 6-3
WEIGHT 235
CLASS Senior
HOMETOWN Aldie, Va
HIGH SCHOOL John Champe HS








2020-21 (Senior): Played in six of the team’s nine games on the season with four starts at tight end … Caught nine passes for 108 yards on the season with one solo tackle coming at Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 21) … Hauled in a season-best five receptions at Liberty (Nov. 14) in the season-opener, posting a season-high 56 receiving yards … Caught two passes for 44 yards including a season-long 40-yard reception at North Carolina (Dec. 5) … Missed part of the spring semester with a hand injury.

2019 (Junior): Played in all 12 of WCU’s seasonal games with nine starts at tight end … Caught 22 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns, posting receptions in 11 of the 12 games on the year … Matched his career-high by catching a season-best six passes in the season-opener against Mercer (Aug. 31), finishing with 63 receiving yards and a touchdown … Only other receiving TD came at Chattanooga (Sept. 28), finishing with three receptions for 30 yards … Credited with one tackle on special teams … Selected first-team All-Southern Conference at TE at the annual SoCon Football Media Day … Was a preseason first-team honoree by Phil Steele.

2018 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 11 of the team’s games making 10 starts … Recorded 23 receptions for 261 yards and a career-best eight touchdowns, a mark that ranked him third in the Southern Conference and represented the most by a Catamount tight end in a single season all-time … Posted receptions in nine of the 11 games with scores in six games, amassing 48 seasonal points … Twice posted two receiving touchdowns in the same game, doing so at Furman (Sept. 29) and in the triple-overtime thriller at #25 ETSU (Oct. 27) … Hauled in a career-best six catches for 66 yards in the 3-OT loss against the Buccaneers … Named first-team All-Southern Conference by both the league’s head coaches and the voting media … Selected to the Sophomore All-America Team by HERO Sports … Was dubbed a third-team All-America selection by the Associated Press … Added two tackles on special teams play.

2017 (Freshman): Played in 10 of the team's 12 games including nine starts at tight end ... Finished the year with nine receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown ... Made his debut in the season-opener at Hawai'i (Sept. 2), finishing with a career-best three catches for 28 yards ... Hauled in his first collegiate touchdown pass on a three-yard scoring strike in the home win over ETSU (Oct. 14) ... Named second-team Freshman All-America by Phil Steele ... Hauled in a 20-yard pass in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Played for head coach Jason Dawson at John Champe HS in Aldie, Va., before finishing his prep career at Fork Union Military where he played for head coach Col. John Shuman ... Started all 12 games at FUMA ... At John Champe HS, garnered first-team all-conference and second-team All-Region honors as a senior as a part of a conference championship team in just the Knights' fourth year of existence ... Garnered MaxPreps Offensive Player of the Game accolades in a game against Dominion (Oct. 16, 2015) ... Recorded 35 catches for over 400 yards
and four touchdowns in his final season ... Also played basketball at John Champe HS where he was a two-year varsity starter.
 
Personal: Full name is Owen Mattingly Cosenke ... Is the son of Kelly and Stephen Cosenke ... Has two younger brothers, Trevor and Calvin.

Career-Highs:
Receptions: 6, at ETSU (10/27/18)
Receiving Yards: 66, at ETSU (10/27/18)
Receiving TDs: 2, twice (MR: at ETSU (10/27/18)
Long Reception: 25 yards, twice (MR: at North Carolina (11/17/18)




Friday, June 11, 2021

85 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #85 Luke Britt






Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 85 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Tight End:

#85 Luke Britt





 

POSITION Tight End
HEIGHT 6-6
WEIGHT 220
CLASS Redshirt Sophomore
HOMETOWN Calypso, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL North Duplin HS











2020-21 (Redshirt Sophomore): Did not see game action.

2019 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in one game on the year and did not record any official statistics … Made his collegiate debut at N.C. State (Sept. 7) ... Named to the 2019-20 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
 
2018 (Freshman): Did not see game action, taking a redshirt ... Named to the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Credited with three catches for 41 receiving yards and two touchdowns as a senior … Also recorded a pair of interceptions and three blocked kicks – two punts and a field goal – defensively … Helped guide his team to the North Carolina 1-A state championship game in 2017 … Earned WGBR High School Athlete of the Week honors in November 2017 … Also plays both baseball and basketball as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Luke Donnell Britt … Is the son of Suzanne and Ralph Britt … His father, Ralph, was a tight end at N.C. State and later played in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1987).






Thursday, June 10, 2021

86 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #86 Clayton Bardall








Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday. 

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown. 

It's now 86 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC. 

Today, we'll highlight a Tight End:

#86 Clayton Bardall







POSITION Tight End
HEIGHT 6-3
WEIGHT 225
CLASS Redshirt Sophomore
HOMETOWN Cumming, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL North Forsyth HS






2020-21 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in all nine of the team’s games with four starts on offense at tight end … Led WCU’s tight ends with 10 receptions and finished second on the team with 156 receiving yards … Paced the team with three receiving touchdowns on the season … Caught a nine-yard touchdown reception at Liberty (Nov. 14) … Was a team captain at Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 21) where he met his older brother at midfield for the pregame coin toss … Made a then career-long 40-yard reception at EKU … Matched a career-high with four receptions for 42 yards and a TD at Samford (Feb. 27) … Hauled in a career-long 44-yard touchdown catch for a score at ETSU (March 27).

2019 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 12 games on the season with three starts at tight end … Recorded eight receptions for 119 yards and his first career touchdown … Caught his first pass as a collegiate tight end in the home win over North Greenville (Sept. 14) in a six-yard TD reception … Caught a career-high four passes for 74 yards against Samford (Nov. 16) … Recorded a career-long reception of 28 yards against Samford, matching it a week later at nationally-ranked Alabama (Nov. 23) … Named 2019 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference and to the 2019-20 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2018 (Freshman): Played in two games as a true freshman on special teams … Made his collegiate debut at Mercer (Oct. 20), recording a tackle assist … Also saw game action in the regular season finale at North Carolina (Nov. 17) … Expected to take a redshirt ... Named to the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a four-year varsity letter winner and starter … Caught two passes for 61 yards and a touchdown before an injury cut his senior season short … Had 15 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, earning honorable mention All-Region accolades … Two-time Offensive Player of the Week … Received the Jack Snook Memorial Award at North Forsyth High for coach was Robert Craft… Finished his career with 34 tackles including 24 solo stops with two sacks and a pair of interceptions … Took part in the Blue-Grey All-American Combine prior to his senior season … Also plays baseball as a prep where he was the team leader in home runs.

Personal: Is the son of Rachael and Brad Bardall … Has an older brother, Jackson, who plays football as an offensive lineman at Eastern Kentucky.






Wednesday, June 9, 2021

87 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #87 Dylan Abernethy


Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 87 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Wide Receiver:

#87 Dylan Abernethy








POSITION Wide Receiver
HEIGHT 6-0
WEIGHT 165
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Maiden, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Maiden HS










2020-21 (Freshman): Played in eight of the team’s nine games with one start … Made his collegiate debut at Liberty (Nov. 14), securing his first career reception on a 10-yard grab … Recorded seven receptions for 55 yards on the season … Caught two passes for 15 yards at Mercer (March 20) … Made his first career start in the spring season finale at ETSU (March 27) finishing the game with a career-best three receptions for 25 yards, adding a fumble recovery on a muffed punt that led to a WCU field goal.

Prior to Western Carolina: Three-time, all-conference selection ... Won the county's Golden Helms Award as a senior ... Caught 72 passes for 1,156 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns ... Added 29 rushes for 173 yards while also passing for 123 yards and two touchdowns on five attempts ... Selected as conference specialist of the year as a junior ... Was a three-sport athlete as a prep, also playing basketball and baseball ... Was a member of the Beta Club, Varsity Blue and FCA ... Joined the team as a preferred walk-on.





Tuesday, June 8, 2021

88 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #88 Luke Sutton







Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday. 

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 88 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Wide Receiver:

#88 Luke Sutton

 







POSITION Wide Receiver
HEIGHT 5-8
WEIGHT 180
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Concord, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Cox Mill HS









Prior to Western Carolina: Played slot back and wide receiver as a prep where he helped Cox Mill win the South Piedmont 3A Conference title and the Coddle Creek Cup … Dubbed a "possession receiver" because of his sure hands and precise routes … Named All-South Piedmont Conference as a senior. 

Personal: Is the son of Diana and David Sutton ... Has a sister, Brooke.







Monday, June 7, 2021

89 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #89 Richard McCollum

 


Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday. 

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown. 

It's now 90 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC. 

Today, we'll highlight a Kicker:

#89 Richard McCollum








POSITION Kicker
HEIGHT 5-9
WEIGHT 170
CLASS Redshirt Sophomore
HOMETOWN Sanford, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Southern Lee HS








2019 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in five games on the season handling placekicks including field goals, PATs, and kickoffs … Connected on a career-best two field goals (2-for-3) in the home win over North Greenville (Sept. 14), scoring a career-high six points … Finished 5-for-5 including a career-best 4-for-4 on PATs at Chattanooga (Sept. 28) … Kicked off a total of 17 times for an average of 49.4 yards per kick with one touchback.

2018 (Freshman): Played in four games on the year, remaining eligible for a redshirt ... Made his collegiate debut at Gardner-Webb (Sept. 14) … Handled kickoff duties in four games, kicking 20 times for an average of 56.0 yards per kick with two touchbacks … Kicked off a career-high nine times against VMI (Sept. 22) … Did not attempt a field goal or PAT ... Named to the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Connected on 13-of-20 field goals as a senior including a career-long 51-yard field goal in 2017, adding 31 touchbacks on kickoffs … As a junior, connected on 44-of-45 PATs and was 14-of-20 on field goals including a long kick of 47-yards in a game as a part of earning the Cape Fear Valley Conference Special Teams Player of the Year … Connected on a 60-yard field goal at practice in Twitter post that went viral … Received the Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award from WRAL-TV in Raleigh ... High school coach was Joe Allison … Is bi-lingual and was the leader of his school’s Spanish Club … Also played baseball as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Richard Larry McCollum … Is the son of Carolina and Fredy McCollum … Has two brothers, Freddy and Bryan … His older brother, Freddy, kicked collegiately at Wingate.







Sunday, June 6, 2021

2021 Football Preseason Preview: Oklahoma Sooners







Throughout this preseason, Purple & Gold will preview all of Western Carolina's 2021 football opponents.

In their second game of the 2021 season, the Western Carolina Catamounts travel to Norman, OK to face the Oklahoma Sooners. This is the first-ever meeting between the Catamounts and Sooners and is WCU's second all-time game against a current member of the Big XII conference.





Game #2 - Oklahoma Sooners

When: Saturday, September 11 
Time:   TBA
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (natural grass; 80,126 capacity)
 Norman, OK
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV/video:  TBA
Live Stats:  Oklahoma Live Stats
Conference:  Big XII
Nickname: Sooners
MascotsBoomer & Sooner
Colors: Crimson & Cream
Enrollment:  30,903
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The Series: This is the first meeting on the gridiron between these two teams.

Head Coach:  Lincoln Riley
Lincoln Riley took over the program’s head coaching reins on June 7, 2017, following the retirement of one of the most accomplished coaches of the last quarter-century in Bob Stoops. OU’s 22nd head coach, all Riley has done in his first four years at the helm is lead the Sooners to their 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Big 12 titles and to four New Year's Six bowl berths (three College Football Playoffs). He was also named the 2018 Co-Big 12 Coach of the Year.


Riley's record at Oklahoma / Career :  45-8 (4 years)  /   same  
Riley directed the Sooners to four Big 12 titles, and three college football playoff births, also produced two Heisman Trophy winners and two #1 NFL draft picks.

Last Season's Record  (2020 - Oklahoma):  9-2 overall, 6-2  Big XII, 4-1 home, 2-1 away, 3-0 neutral 
2020 Overall Record: 9-2 (Cotton Bowl champion) 
2020 Big 12 Record (Standing): 6-2 (2nd; won Big 12 Championship Game) 
Offensive Formation: Multiple 
Defensive Formation: Multiple 

Offensive starters - Returning/Lost: 8 / 3
Defensive starters - Returning/Lost: 7 /  4
Specialist - Returning/Lost: 5 / 1

Last season, a 1-2 start resulted in the Sooners falling out of the Top 25 Poll for the first time since September 2016, Oklahoma then won the final eight games of 2020 to finish 9-2, claimed its sixth consecutive Big 12 championship and embarrassed #10 Florida, 55-20 in the Cotton Bowl. The Sooners finished the year at No. 6 in the AP and Coaches polls. OU was highly effective on both sides of the ball, ranking 11th in total offense (494.7 ypg) and 29th in total defense (350.6 ypg).  

A consensus early-season top-five pick for 2021, the Sooners return 16 players (not including specialists) who started at least five of the team's 11 games last season (10 on defense and six on offense), as well as 2019 10-game starter Kennedy Brooks, OU's two-time 1,000-yard rusher who opted to sit out the 2020 season. Fourteen of those 16 started at least eight games (seven on each side of the ball). On special teams, returning are first-team All-Big 12 kicker Gabe Brkic, punter Reeves Mundschau, long snapper Kasey Kelleher, holder Spencer Jones and punt returner Marvin Mims.

The Sooners are led by Spencer Rattler (R-So.) who tarted all 11 games last season and was named national freshman of the year by CBS Sports. Rattler is the second OU quarterback to be named a Freshman All-American, He completed 214 of 317 pass attempts for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns,  rushed 81 times for 160 yards and six TDs.

2020 Oklahoma Sooners  (11 games):
Rushing Offense: 2252 yards
Yards per game: 179.7
Yards per rush: 4.7 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 96
TDs rushing: 27
Passing Offense: 3465 yards or 315 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 9.57 yards
Passing 1st downs: 156
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 362-249-8
TDs Passing: 30
Total Offense: 5442 yards or 494.7.2 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 14-6
3d Down Conversions: 55-135 (40.7%)
4th Down Conversions: 9-10 (80%)
Field goal attempts: 22 - 28
On-side kicks: 0-0
Red Zone Scores: 54 - 59
Red Zone Touchdowns: 40 -59





90 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #90 Tre' Jolly






Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday. 

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown. 

It's now 90 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC. 

Today, we'll highlight a Defensive End:

 #90 Tre' Jolly











POSITION Defensive End
HEIGHT 6-2
WEIGHT 210
CLASS Redshirt Freshman
HOMETOWN Shelby, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Shelby HS










2019 (Freshman): Saw action in four games as a defensive substitution as a true freshman … Was not credited with any official statistics … Made his collegiate debut at The Citadel (Oct. 12) … Three of the four games he appeared in came on the road ... Named to the 2019-20 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity winner … Recorded 188 career tackles including 72 solo stops, finishing his senior year with a career-best 76 tackles on the 2-A State Championship squad … Credited with 49 tackles for loss including 23 as a senior and 21 as a junior … Recovered three fumbles in his high school career … Named to the All-Shelby Star team as a senior … Received the Sportsmanship Award from the NCHSAA after the state title game.

Personal: Full name is Tre’ Christopher Jolly … Is the son of Deneen and Allen Jolly … His older brother, Tavorris, earned a scholarship to North Carolina as a safety.





Saturday, June 5, 2021

91 days to WCU Football Kickoff - #91 Jaquarius Guinn


Welcome to the eleventh annual Catamount Football "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown". During the countdown, we'll highlight the player whose number corresponds to that day in the countdown. 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 Saturday.

Since the official 2021 Catamount Football Roster has not yet been published, we'll use the 2021 Catamount Football Preseason Roster for jersey numbers until the new roster is posted, at which point we'll switch to the official roster for the remainder of the countdown.

It's now 91 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, in E.J Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC.

Today, we'll highlight a Defensive Tackle:

#91 Jaquarius Guinn









POSITION Defensive Tackle
HEIGHT 6-2
WEIGHT 295
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Clover, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Clover HS










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 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 … Is the son of David Guinn and Gracie Kirkpatrick.