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Spring Football Practice Update #5: Friday, March 23

March 24, 2018

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina held its seventh practice of its annual spring drills on Friday afternoon at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, working out in full pads in a two-hour session that included the largest scrimmage session of the spring.

Quarterbacks DJ Thorpe and returning starter Tyrie Adams saw the bulk of the work in the offensive backfield on Friday. Among some of the highlights catches by both tight ends included a great leaping grab by Owen Cosenke and flare to Austin Phillips. Cosenke also hauled in a TD pass from Thorpe on the day. Jordan Mathis hauled in a catch, as did running back Connell Young out of the backfield. Young was flanked by returning backs Donnavan Spencer and Corey Holloway at the running back position.

Defensively, cornerback Terrence Wilson thwarted an offensive drive with an interception in the end zone, with defensive pressure from the front seven credited with a couple sacks with Southern Conference officials on hand for the scrimmage.

The practice included some special teams work with Ian Berryman continuing to look impressive with booming kicks during the drill.

Practice for the Catamounts continues Monday, March 26 as the squad is slated to again work out in full pads before taking a break until early April for the Easter holiday.



WCU's annual Spring Game, presented by Wells Fargo, is set for Saturday, April 7 with a 1:00 pm start at Whitmire Stadium / Waters Field. Gates will open at Noon in a day that includes pregame tailgating and a Catamount baseball game vs. SoCon-foe, UNCG, later in the day with a 4:00 pm first pitch.

Season tickets for all five home dates in 2018 are on-sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, and online at Returning season ticket holders must renew their season tickets to secure the same seats by June 29, 2018. Fans can call the ticket office toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401. General admission season tickets for adults begin at just $75 with additional Purple and Gold Reserved and options in the Western Builders Inc., Family Zone seating options also available.

Fans can keep track of everything related to Catamount football and WCU Athletics through its social media outlets on Facebook ( and Twitter (@catamounts), as well as video updates on the department's YouTube channel (CatamountSports).

Upcoming 2018 Catamount Football Spring Practice Schedule:
(schedule subject to time/date changes)
Practice #8: Monday, March 26 (full pads) -- 4:15 -- 6:15 pm
Easter Break: March 27 - April 1 -- No Practice
Practice #9: Monday, April 2 (full pads) -- 4:15 -- 6:15 pm
Practice #10: Wednesday, April 4 (full pads) -- 4:15 -- 6:15 pm
Practice #11: Friday, April 6 (shells) -- 4:15 -- 6:15 pm
Practice #12: Saturday, April 7 - Spring Game, presented by Wells Fargo (full pads) -- 1:00 pm
Practice #13: Monday, April 9 (shells) -- 4:15 -- 6:15 pm
Practice #14: Wednesday, April 11 (shells) -- 4:15 -- 6:15 pm
Practice #15: Friday, April 13 (helmets only) -- 4:15 -- 6:15 pm