Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina football held its second scrimmage of its annual spring drills on Saturday afternoon, working through just over 160 plays in multiple situations on the turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.
Reps were spread between the returning starters and those looking to move into the starting rotation by design of head coach Mark Speir.
Quarterback Troy Mitchell completed 19-of-31 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown while Wes Holcombe connected on 23-of-37 for 282 yards with a pair of interceptions. A third signal caller, Garrett Young, was 2-for-4 for four yards. Holcombe was also credited with 25 yards rushing on seven carries while Young ran once for a two-yard gain.
A combined 12 different wide receivers and tight ends caught passes on Saturday afternoon. Receivers C.J. Goodman and Gary Richardson both nearly eclipsed the century mark receiving, finishing with 92 and 93 yards, respectively. Goodman caught a seven passes, matching Terryon Robinson for the team-high on the day, while Richardson caught five. Spearman Robinson caught four passes for 64 yards on the day.
Karnorris Benson hauled in the lone receiving score on the day, finishing with a pair of receptions for 12 yards.
On the ground, five different running backs split the reps with Darius Ramsey and Parker Swaringen carrying the ball a team-high 11 times apiece. Ramsey rushed for a team-high 51 yards with Swaringen recording 45 yards on the ground. Corey Holloway and London Richardson both toted the pigskin 10 times on Saturday, posting 30 and 28 yards, respectively, and both scoring a touchdown.
Tailback Detrez Newsome rushed six times for 29 yards and a score. The Raeford, N.C., product also caught two passes for 20 yards.
Highlighting WCU's defensive unit on Saturday was Shawn Harris with seven tackles including one for loss with freshman defensive back Marvin Tillman collecting six stops with a pass break-up. Tahjai Watt finished with six tackles including one for loss. Linebacker Kendall White was credited with five tackles and a pass break-up with Damian Whitaker also tallying five stops.
Among the Catamount defensive linemen, Daniel Nash recorded three stops while Dylan Sluder, Ezavian Dunn, Tyler Junius, Helva Matungulu, and Fred Mooring each had a pair of tackles. Zach Green finished with five tackles and a pass break-up, also coming up with a fumble recovery. Avery Worsham had five total stops including three sacks from his defensive end position.
Other highlights included DB Tra Hardy returning an interception 62 yards for a touchdown and linebacker Tyson Dickson picking off a pass, returning it 35 yards. Coleman Cunningham and A.J. McKoy also posted sacks in the scrimmage.
In special teams work, kicker Tim Gawert split the uprights from 31 yards out while Blake Metcalf connected on a 19-yard field goal during the scrimmage. Two punters split the reps with Destry Barnwell punting three times for an average of 50 yards per kick including a long of 51 yards. Ian Berryman kicked once for 44 yards.
Western Carolina enters its final week of spring drills with three practice sessions remaining. The squad will return to the field on Tuesday evening in full pads before practicing Friday in shells in preparation for next Saturday's annual Spring Game, presented by Wells Fargo.
Upcoming 2015 Catamount Football Spring Practice Schedule:
(schedule subject to time/date changes)
Practice #13 - Tuesday, April 14: Full pads, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Practice #14 - Friday, April 17: Shells, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Practice #15 - Saturday, April 18: Spring Game presented by Wells Fargo - 1:00 - 3:00 pm