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Catamount Football Spring Update: Mon., March 24, 2014

Western Carolina assistant coach Mark Rhea talks with defensive end John McBeth during a practice session.

March 24, 2014

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina head coach Mark Speir has cancelled the Catamount football practice scheduled for a 4:45 pm start on Monday, March 24 on the turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. Monday's session was slated as the fifth during the annual spring drills.

The practice date has been rescheduled for a helmet-only session on the Monday following WCU's Spring Game, presented by Well Fargo, on Saturday, April 12.

After opening the spring last Tuesday evening, Western Carolina has held a total of four practice sessions, going in full pads for the first time last Saturday afternoon. The Catamounts practiced in just helmets on Wednesday (March 19) before donning the shoulder pads for the first time on Friday, Mach 21. Each practice sessions lasts approximately two hours on the field.

WCU has been splitting reps at most every position between first and second teams, with two quarterbacks - rising redshirt senior Eddie Sullivan and rising junior Troy Mitchell - equally splitting time in the backfield.

This week's three scheduled practices were to lead-up to a planned scrimmage session on Saturday, March 29 beginning at 2:00 pm. WCU will now practice twice ahead of the first spring scrimmage this weekend, going live on everyone but the quarterback.

Western Carolina is scheduled to resume spring drills on Wednesday, March 26 with a practice in full pads beginning around 4:45 pm. All WCU spring football practices are open to the public. It is respectfully requested that spectators observe from the stadium seating area and avoid being either on the field or the sidelines for safety.

Upcoming Catamount Football Spring Practice Schedule:
(schedule subject to time/date changes)
Practice #5 - Wednesday, March 26: Full pads, 4:45 - 6:45 pm
Practice #6 - Thursday, March 27: Shells, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Practice #7 - Saturday, March 29: Full pads, scrimmage - 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Practice #8 - Monday, March 31: Shells, 4:45 - 6:45 pm
Practice #9 - Wednesday, April 2: Full pads, 4:45 - 6:45 pm
Practice #10 - Friday, April 4: Full pads, scrimmage - 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Practice #11 - Monday, April 7: Full pads, 4:45 - 6:45 pm
Practice #12 - Wednesday, April 9: Full pads, 4:45 - 6:45 pm
Practice #13 - Friday, April 11: Helmets only, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Practice #14 - Saturday, April 12: Full pads, Spring Game - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Practice #15 - Monday, April 14: Helmets only, 4:45 - 6:45 pm