Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Football Preseason Preview: VMI

Throughout this preseason, Purple & Gold will preview all of Western's 2015 football opponents. Today we look at our final team in the regular season, the VMI Keydets.

In game eleven of the 2015 season, the Catamounts remain on the road, this time, traveling from College Station, Texas to Lexington, Virginia.

Western Carolina currently leads the series with VMI, by an 18-3 margine. The Cats and Keydets first played in 1978, and the Cats currently own a twelve game winning streak over VMI. Western has 9 straight wins over the Keydets in Lexington, and the Keydets last won in at home in 1988.

Virginia Military Institute  

When: Saturday, November 21st at 1:30 pm

Where: Foster Stadium (10,000), Lexington Virginia

Radio: Catamount Sports Network

TV / video: ESPN3

Head Coach: Scott Wachenheim 
Scott Wachenheim was named VMI's newest head football coach on Dec. 14, 2014. Wachenheim comes to VMI from the University of Virginia where he has served the past five seasons and as Cavaliers offensive line coach since 2011. Prior to his tenure in Charlottesville, Wachenheim was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Liberty University for three seasons (2006-08).

Last Year's Record: 2-10 overall (home 2-3, road 0-7), 1-6 SoCon

Offensive starters - Returning/Lost:  9 / 2
-The Keydets lost: OL – Emmanuel Cooper and OL - Andy Marcotte to graduation.

Defensive starters - Returning/Lost:  7 / 4
-On defense, the Keydets lost the following starters - DL -John Washington, ILB -Miller Williams, CB -James Fruehan, OLB – Logan Staib to graduation

Offensive Formation:  Triple Option  (out with the spread and in with VMI former offense, the Triple option)
- It looks like we are now back to facing three triple option offenses in the SoCon, add VMI to The Citadel and Wofford that will run a variation of the triple option.

Defensive Formation:  Multiple 3-4

Last Season's Game vs. VMI  (Nov, 15,2014): Offense, Seniors Lift Catamounts to 42-27 Victory over VMI -  Quarterback Troy Mitchell accounted for six touchdowns including a career-best five TD passes and added a 55-yard touchdown run to highlight a strong offensive performance for the Catamounts on Saturday afternoon as Western Carolina closed the home portion of its schedule with a 42-27 Southern Conference victory over VMI on Hall of Fame Day at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

2014 Keydets Statistics:
Rushing Offense: 1243 yards
Yards per game: 103.6
Yards per rush: 3.4 yards
TDs rushing: 16
Passing Offense: 3250 yards or 270.8 yards per game
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 285-472-12
Total Offense: 4493 yards or 374.4 yards per game
Passing 1st downs: 159
Rushing 1st downs: 71
Fumbles-Lost: 19-12
Penalties-Yards: 58 - 479 yards
3d Down Conversions: 73 of 174
4th Down Conversions: 7 of 20
Field Goals - Attempts: 7 of 13
Red-Zone Scores: 32 of 39 (82%)
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 28 of 39 (72%)
Punts : 56
Avg. per punt: 34.6 yds
Sacks: 14
PAT-Attempts: 33 of 36 - 92%
Field Goals-Attempts: 7 of 13
Time of possession per game: 30:42

The Keydets, led by new head coach Scott Wachenheim, were picked to finish eight in the preseason coaches & media polls released Wednesday. VMI kicker Dillon Christopher was named to the Second Team Preseason All-SoCon team as the Keydets only representative,

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