March 30, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Amidst sporadic early afternoon rain showers on the turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, the Western Carolina Catamount football team held its seventh practice of the spring on Saturday, concluding the two-hour session with a short intrasquad scrimmage.
WCU worked out through a combined 17 periods, spending time in position and unit drills before the scrimmage scenarios.
Two quarterbacks split reps during the longest scrimmage of the spring to date as both Eddie Sullivan and Troy Mitchell took turns guiding the offense. Unofficially, Sullivan completed 7-of-13 pass attempts for 83 yards in the scrimmage, while Mitchell was 1-for-6 for five yards, tossing one interception.
Karnorris Benson, WCU's top receiver a season ago, and Gary Richardson tied for the team lead with two catches apiece. Benson finished with 25 receiving yards while Richardson was on his heels with 22. Receivers Steffon Hill, Willie Police, and Terryon Robinson each tallied a reception for small gains, while tight end Roderick Poag caught one pass for 30 yards.
A trio of running backs split carries in the short scrimmage with Shaun Warren rushing 13 times for 49 yards and Darius Ramsey toting the pigskin 10 times for a team-high 51 yards. Freshman Detrez Newsome carried six times for 25 yards, losing one fumble.
Unofficially on defense, back Ace Clark led the way with four credited tackles and came away with an interception in the scrimmage. WCU's linebacker duo of Christon Gill and Bryson Jordan combined on the other defensive takeaway as Gill punched the football loose before Jordan fell on the ball to create the turnover. Tyson Dickson finished with three stops including a sack with Tommy Tate credited with two tackles for loss while Gill had two tackles, one for loss and Terrence Green was also credited with three tackles.
With contact to the two quarterbacks off-limits, the WCU defense was credited with seven sacks, while combining for six total TFL's.
Western Carolina is scheduled to return to the practice field on Monday, March 31 in a helmet and shoulder pad session beginning at 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 #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