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Catamount Football Spring Update: Wed., March 22, 2012

Defensive back Juwan Ferris (26) tackles receiver David Giron (83) during a drill in spring practice in Cullowhee.

March 22, 2012

Related Link: Catamount Football Scrimmage Highlights

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina Catamount Football continued its annual spring drills on Wednesday evening under partly cloudy skies at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. The fully-padded practice lasted 14 sessions and concluded with an offense-versus-defense scrimmage.

As do most all of WCU's off-season practices, the sessions included individual position and unit drills before coming together for the brief scrimmage.

Wednesday's practice brought out a host of former players and coaches from WCU's past including former coach and administrator, Bobby Setzer, Johnny Wike and Sheri Waters, the widow of former Catamount coaching great Bob Waters. Eddie West, a member of the 1983 national runner-up team, was among the former players on hand.

Offensive lineman Vince Williams returned to practice on Wednesday leaving just two along the front being held out of spring drills for precautionary measures. Rising senior Nate Postelle is expected to return to action prior to the conclusion of the spring while classmate Teddy Rhoney, who is coming off of a season-ending knee injury in 2011, expected to be held out of spring training.

During Wednesday's scrimmage, four quarterbacks split time in the shotgun spread formation with two running backs dividing the carries. Transfer Eddie Sullivan continues to show flashes this spring, while Shaun Warren popped several shifty, big runs from scrimmage as the offense excelled on Wednesday and held the upper hand in the 11-on-11.

WCU unofficially attempted just nine passes with 28 rush attempts during the brief scrimmage with Michael Vaughn leading the way with 110 yards on 10 carries with a long of 33 and three TDs. Warren equaled Vaughn in number of carries, finishing with 72 yards on the ground while breaking a 42 yarder. He did lose a fumble, however, as defensive lineman Andre Shishkin jarred the ball loose with linebacker Rock Williams pouncing on it.



Sullivan led the quarterbacks with 4-of-7 passing for 55 yards while Brandon Pechloff completed three of his four attempts. Sullivan added 50 yards on the ground in the read option on five carries while Pechloff rushed three times for 37 yards. Michael Helms and Jawan Simmons also completed a pass in their time in the backfield.

Five wide receivers and one tight end caught the nine passes with Jamil James leading the team with three catches while Gary Green hauled in two for 22 yards. Also recording receptions were Jeff Moore, Jacoby Mitchell, David Giron and tight end Phillip Chavis.

On the defensive side of the ball, leaders continue to emerge every day in practice with rising junior defensive end Brian Johnson continuing to step up both as a vocal and active leader. Johnson finished with two tackles including one for a loss. Linebackers Courtland Carson (5 tackles) and Nate Sedergren (3 tackles) led the way in the scrimmage while defensive back Christon Gill had three stops including one for a loss. Lineman Rainey Ala added a sack.

Western Carolina will take Thursday off before a light practice on Friday afternoon on-campus in shoulder pads and shorts with a focus on individual and teams. The squad will hold its most extensive scrimmage of the spring to date on Saturday.

Remaining Catamount Football Spring Practice Schedule:
(Practice schedule subject to change)
Friday, March 23 - 4:30-6:30 pm
Saturday, March 24 - 11:00-1:00 pm
Monday, March 26 - 4:30-6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 28 - 6:00-8:00 pm
- WCU Spring Break: March 31-April 8
Wednesday, April 11 - 4:30-6:30 pm
Thursday, April 12 - 4:30-6:30 pm
Friday, April 13 - 4:30-6:00 pm
Saturday, April 14 - 1:00-3:30 pm