Today concludes the position-by-position previews of the 2019 Western Carolina football team on CatamountSports.com. Each feature has contained the positional write-ups from the 2019 WCU Football Media Guide with video highlights from the preseason fall camp.
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Tickets for Saturday’s 2019 "Purple Out" opener against the Mercer Bears are going fast – don’t wait, buy your tickets in advance! WCU raises the curtain on 2019 in a big way with the pregame tailgating including the "Tailgate Town" (Ramsey Lot 9A) and a pregame concert by Joe Lasher, presented by Ingles; "Paws Playground" presented by Western Builder's just inside of Gate 1; the first on-field performance of the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band; the 9th-annual Freshmen Run; and capping the night will be a fireworks extravaganza, presented by Ingles and iHeartMedia partners, 99.9 Kiss Country and Star 104.3 FM.
Western Carolina enters the 2019 season with a rarity at the controls of its high-octane offensive attack. Across the country, having a fifth-year senior with four total years of starting experience is a true luxury rather than the norm. Such is the case with redshirt senior QB Tyrie Adams, the Southern Conference's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-SoCon selection. Adams will also factor amongst the same category at the national level, gracing the preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List and the CFPA National Performer of the Year preseason list.
A dual-threat at quarterback, Adams has shown the propensity to win football games on the strength and accuracy of his right throwing arm and also the ability to keep plays alive and punish opposing defenses with his elusiveness and quickness using his legs. Adams has completed nearly 63-percent of his career passes with a school-record 53 passing TDs in his career. Already a known commodity throughout the conference and FCS as a whole, Adams added a strong ground game to his repertoire, leading the SoCon in rushing in 2019 (91.5 yds/gm) as a part of WCU’s fourth-straight, 1,000-yard rusher in finishing with 1,006 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground to accompany his 2,000+ seasonal passing yards.
Adams is flanked by redshirt sophomore Will Jones, who is very well-respected among his teammates as not only a viable back-up quarterback but one that gained invaluable playing experience a season ago behind the veteran Adams. The Greensboro, N.C., product saw action in the road win at Gardner-Webb, orchestrating the go-ahead scoring drive that put the Catamounts in front for good early in the second quarter with his most extensive action coming at Samford. Jones was afforded additional time at the helm with the returning first string through the squad’s annual spring drills.
The top two returning QBs are joined by redshirt freshmen in Bubba Williamson (Kershaw, S.C. / North Central HS) with a talented true freshman in Malik Richardson (Sumter, S.C. / Lakewood HS) adding depth at the position. Williamson split reps through the spring semester.
For the first time in his collegiate career, Adams and his counterparts have a different coordinator calling the plays as co-offensive coordinators John Holt and Tyler Carlton took over for the departed Brad Glenn in the spring, though little is expected to change as it relates to the offensive style of play. Also, the QB’s have a new position coach in former Alabama and Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely who assumed control of the quarterback room also previously commanded by Glenn.
ADDITIONAL QUARTERBACKS NOTES:
• Western Carolina’s quarterbacks led the second-best scoring offense in the Southern Conference a season ago at 31.5 points per game … WCU was second in total offense (464.5 yds/gm) including ranking third in passing offense (255.7 yds/gm);
• Including leading the SoCon in rushing (91.5 yds/gm), Tyrie Adams ranked second in total offense (311.2 yds/gm) and was fourth in the league in passing average per game (219.7 yds/game) … Adams was second in the conference in total touchdowns accounted for with 26 – 16 passing scores and 10 rushing TDs.
Previous 2019 WCU Football Position Previews:
- Offensive Line
- Defensive Line
- Tight Ends
- Wide Receivers
- Running Backs
- Defensive Backs