Jan. 22, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina rookie running back Darius Ramsey was named to the College Sports Journal's 2012 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-Freshman Team this week as the publication selected its Freshman All-America teams.
The lone Catamount tabbed to the honorary squad, Ramsey was among 63 freshmen selected nationwide and was among the 27 chosen on offense. He was also one of eight players recognized from the Southern Conference - tied for the third-most among the FCS conferences. Ramsey was joined by James Bradberry, Samford; Shaq Counts, Appalachian State; Davante Harris, Appalachian State; Malachi Jones, Appalachian State; Sean Price, Appalachian State; Mark Thomas, The Citadel; and Eric Thoni, Furman.
Ramsey, who was named to the team as an All-Purpose Back, led the Catamount offense with 503 rushing yards in 2012, averaging 55.9 yards per game among the nine games in which he saw action. He twice eclipsed the century mark including 120 yards on 20 carries in his WCU debut in the home win over Mars Hill and 118 yards on 16 carries at The Citadel.
A native of Waco, N.C., Ramsey recorded two rushing touchdowns to help the Catamounts record 22 scores on the ground - the most for a WCU offensive unit since rushing for 25 in the 2001 season.
Ramsey finished as WCU's third-leading receiver in terms of catches, hauling in 25 receptions out of the backfield for 131 yards - the fifth-most of any Catamount back last fall. In addition, Ramsey returned eight kickoffs for 141 yards, averaging 17.6 yards per return.
Western Carolina's football team is amidst off-season strength and conditioning workouts. National Signing Day for football is Wednesday, Feb. 6, with a special Signing Day gathering scheduled for the following Monday, Feb. 11, in the Ramsey Center Hospitality Room. Speir and the coaching staff anticipate opening spring drills in Cullowhee.