Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina head coach Mark Speir took time before the holiday to recap his team's season finale at North Carolina, while also looking back upon the 2018 season that included talking about the seven players that earned All-Southern Conference plaudits at the season's end.
A few of the team highlight notes from the 2018 season:
- Redshirt junior QB Tyrie Adams became just the 10th player in NCAA FCS history to surpass both 2,000 yards passing (2,417 yards) and 1,000 yards (1,006 yards) in the same season ... He is the fourth QB in Southern Conference history to accomplish the 2,000/1,000 milestone – the first since 2014 with Chattanooga's Jacob Huesman and two from Appalachian State in DeAndre Presley (2010) and Armanti Edwards (2006) ... Adams, Presley, and Edwards each did so under current Catamount offensive coordinator, Brad Glenn;
- Adams set a WCU single-season record with 3,423 yards of total offense ... He is just one of two Catamounts all-time to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark for total offense in a season, accomplishing the feat for the second time in his career ... In second-place in the school's career total offense with 9,389 career yards of total offense, Adams is just EIGHT YARDS shy of breaking WCU's career mark entering his final season;
- Adams gave Western Carolina a 1,000-yard rusher for the fourth-consecutive season – the first quarterback to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing milestone ... Including a SoCon regular season-best six 100-yard rushing games this season, Adams has eight career 100-yard rushing games, tied for the seventh-most by an individual in program history;
- Adams led the Southern Conference in rushing through the regular season, averaging over 91 yards per game on the ground;
- WCU's offense finished with 5,199 yards – just the seventh-time since 1967 that a Catamount squad has eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark in a season;
- Senior LB Mitchell Chancey posted the fourth-best single-season in program history with 135 tackles in 2018 ... He recorded double-digit tackles in all 11 games for the Catamounts ... Chancey averaged 12.3 tackles per game average;
- Redshirt senior punter Ian Berryman became the program's all-time leader in career punting average, closing his career with an average of 43.8 yards per punt over 206 career punts;
- Kicker Will Horton finished with a career-best 87 points on the season – the third-most by any player in the Southern Conference this year and the sixth-best single-season in school history, finishing just ahead of WCU Hall of Famer Tom Broadwater who scored 86 in 1959;
- Horton's 17 made field goals this season were tied for the fourth-most, matching Dean Biasucci (17-of-26 in 198).
Western Carolina enters into the off-season looking to finish the fall semester strong in the classroom and in the weight room. And though actual on-field preparations for the 2019 season don't officially begin until spring drills, Speir and his squad stated that they are dedicated to making this off-season the best in program history in looking forward to a highly-anticipated 2019 season.
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