Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina junior punter Ian Berryman was selected to the 2017 Preseason FCS All-America Team as selected and released Wednesday by Athlon Sports. Berryman, a 2016 All-Southern Conference selection, is just one of four underclassmen on the preseason 27-member squad.
Berryman, a rising redshirt junior punter from Marietta, Ga., is the only representative from the Southern Conference on the publication's preseason All-America squad. The team is comprised of players from 19 different schools and 10 conferences overall.
Selected to the HERO Sports 2016 FCS Sophomore All-America team a season ago, Berryman finished the season with a WCU single-season record punting average at 44.9 yards per punt -- a mark which ranked second in the SoCon and put him fourth nationally. He punted a combined 52 times for 2,335 yards with 19 punts of 50-or-more yards including a career-long boot of 64 yards twice. He was a critical part of turning field position for the Catamounts, downing 18 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line with just four touchbacks.
After being a finalist for the nation's top freshman honors in 2015, Berryman was the lone Catamount to garner first team All-Southern Conference plaudits from the league's head coaches last season, while also collecting second team honors from the voting media.
Season tickets for all five home dates of Western Carolina's 2017 football season are on sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center and online at CatamountSports.com. Fans can also call the ticket office toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401.
Returning WCU Football season ticket holders must renew their seats for the rapidly approaching deadline of June 30. Purchasing season tickets allows fans a chance to secure tickets before single-game ticket sales begin in early August. Fans can also be a part of the Catamount road team by purchasing tickets for away games through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office, securing seats in the Western Carolina sections at opposing team stadiums.
Additionally, in order to reserve 2017 football game day parking and access to game day hospitality events, gifts to the Catamount Club must be submitted by June 30 to be eligible for these benefits. For more information on the Catamount Club and how to support student-athlete scholarships, please contact their offices at (828) 227-3047.
Western Carolina's football student-athletes officially report to campus for the 2017 fall camp on Monday, July 31 with practice opening on Tuesday, Aug. 1 with the first of two acclimation period, helmet-only sessions. WCU's first day in full pads in the fall is slated for Saturday, Aug. 5.
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Important Upcoming Dates in Catamount Football:
Friday, June 30 -- Catamount Football season ticket renewal deadline; Catamount Club Renewal deadline
Friday, July 14 -- The WCU Great Smokies Invitational at The Ridges Golf Club
Tuesday, July 18 -- Southern Conference Football Media Day in Spartanburg, S.C.
Monday, July 31 -- Catamount Football Student-Athletes Report
Tuesday, Aug. 1 -- First scheduled practice of 2017 preseason (helmet only)
Saturday, Aug. 5 -- First scheduled practice in full pads
Sunday, Aug. 6 -- Western Carolina's Media / Photo Day
Friday, Aug. 18 -- Western Carolina University Freshman Move-In Day
Monday, Aug. 21 -- First day of classes for the fall semester; single-game football tickets on-sale
Saturday, Sept. 2 -- 2017 Catamount Football season-opener at Hawai'i
Friday, Sept. 8 -- 13th annual Bob Waters Memorial Golf Tournament at The Maggie Valley Club
Saturday, Sept. 9 -- 2017 Catamount Football home-opener vs. Davidson in Cullowhee, N.C.
Friday, Oct. 27 -- "The Mutt" Catamount Football Golf Classic at the Laurel Ridge Country Club