CSN talks with running backs coach Jason Nicols and a couple of student-athletes in preview
Darius Ramsey, Daniel Riddle, and Derrick Davis honored
Senior recorded 14 rushing touchdowns, Academic All-America honor
Western Carolina at Tennessee
Catamount Football vs. Wofford
Catamount Football vs. Mars Hill
Catamount Football vs. The Citadel
Western Carolina played Chattanooga Saturday afternoon as the Catamounts honored their seniors and the three newest members of the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame.
2015 (Senior): Only played in three games during his senior campaign in 2015 with two starts at running back ... Finished with 71 yards rushing and 71 yards receiving on the season ... Rushed for two touchdowns in the season-opening victory over Mars Hill (Sept. 5) ... Earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 honors ... Was selected as a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and a candidate for the 2015 National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments ... Was selected to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society.
2014 (Junior): One of four Catamounts on offense to start all 12 of the team’s games … Led the squad with 763 rushing yards on 148 carries with six touchdowns … Had two, 100-yard rushing performances with a season-high 128 against VMI (Nov. 15) and 113 at Furman (Sept. 27) … Ranked eighth in the SoCon with a 63.6 yard per game average … Added 16 catches for 140 yards out of the backfield … Was tied for fourth on the squad with 36 points … Ranked 10th in the SoCon in all-purpose yards, finishing with 903 for an average of 75.2 per game … Collected Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week plaudits after rushing for 95 yards and a career-high three touchdowns against Brevard (Sept. 6) … Named second team All-Southern Conference by the league’s head coaches … Selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 first team by CoSIDA … Named first team Capital One Academic All-America by CoSIDA … Named to the 2014 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team and to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll … Playing for the Purple squad, rushed for a game-high 114 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns in WCU’s annual Spring Game.
2013 (Sophomore): Started all 10 games in which he saw action on the season, missing the first two games of the season for precautionary reasons due to a nagging foot injury ... Recorded a single-season best 570 rushing yards on 139 carries with four rushing touchdowns ... Ranked 10th in the Southern Conference in rushing, averaging a team-best 56.5 yards per game ... Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark three times including a season-high 116 yards against Furman ... Added 11 receptions for 86 yards and a TD coming out of the backfield ... Caught his first career touchdown pass on a 25-yard reception at Appalachian State in the season finale ... Finished third on the team in both scoring with 30 points and total offense with 570 yards (57.0 yds/gm) ... Named to the 2013 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team ... Credited with a tackle ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Rushed seven times for 28 yards overall, adding a reception out of the backfield while also rushing for a touchdown in the special overtime, non-scored session just after the halftime break in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2012 (Freshman): Appeared in nine of WCU's 11 games with four starts at running back ... Led the team with 503 yards rushing on the season, averaging a team-leading 55.9 yards rushing per game to rank 10th in the SoCon ... Scored a pair of rushing touchdowns ... Ranked third on the team with 25 receptions out of the backfield, finishing with 131 yards with a 14.6 yard per game average ... Named to the 2012 Southern Conference All-Freshman team ... Started the season opener in the backfield in his collegiate debut against Mars Hill, rushing for a career-high 120 yards on 20 carries ... Set career highs with four catches for 32 yards at Marshall ... Recorded his first collegiate touchdown at ninth-ranked Wofford, plunging in from two-yards out with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter ... Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark a second time at The Citadel, collecting 118 yards on 16 carries ... Rushed for 72 yards and his second career TD against Chattanooga ... Named to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: Named the Cleveland County Player of the Year and was selected to the Cleveland County All-County team as a senior ... Selected to the second team offense of the All-Region team by the Charlotte Observer ... Rushed for 1,928 yards - the fifth-best in county history - with 31 touchdowns as a senior, accounting for 198 total points - the highest single-season total in county history ... Helped guide Burns HS to the NCHSAA West Region finals, finishing with a 13-2 record ... Finished his career with 4,627 yards, the tops in Burns High history and third all-time in the county .. .Was a three-time South Mountain Athletic Conference selection ... Was joined by Burns High teammate Brandon Littlejohn in signing with WCU in 2012.
Personal: Full name is Darius Devon Ramsey ... Is the son of Derrick and Phyllis Ramsey ... Has a younger sister, Breiona.