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Western Carolina's Richard Sigmon on 2014 CFPA Watch List

Richard Sigmon booted a career-long, 49-yard field goal at Auburn in 2013. (Photo by Mark Haskett)

July 6, 2014

2014 CFPA Placekicker Award Watch List Get Acrobat Reader

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's Richard Sigmon has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Placekicker Award Watch List entering the 2014 season.

Sigmon is a third Catamount to grace CFPA's preseason watch lists, joining redshirt sophomore tight end Michael Helms Jr., and redshirt junior wide receiver Karnorris Benson. Sigmon is one of three kickers from the Southern Conference on the list, joined by Samford's Warren Handrahan and Dillon Christopher from returning league member, VMI.

All told, the initial watch list includes 36 returning performers each vying for the top placekicker award in the FCS. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

A rising senior from Mount Holly, N.C., Sigmon has handled all of the placekicking for the Catamount football team for the past two seasons. He booted a career-best 10 field goals for WCU in 2013, closing the year second on the team with 53 points scored. Sigmon earned SoCon Player of the Week accolades - and an honorable mention from CFPA - in the days after WCU's dramatic come-from-behind overtime Homecoming victory over Elon, connecting on the game-tying extra point and the game-winning 39-yard field goal.

Last fall, Sigmon picked up a prestigious award as he was named to the 16th annual FCS Athletic Directors Association (ADA) All-Star team, which recognizes success both in the classroom and on the football field. He additionally earned 2013 SoCon Fall Academic All-Conference team plaudits, as well as being selected to the 2013-14 SoCon Honor Roll.

Sigmon enters his senior season with 16 made field goals in 25 career attempts (64-percent), booting his career-long of 49 yards at SEC-foe, Auburn, last season.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards ( is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

CFPA is now in its seventh season of recognition, utilizing objective rankings of player and team performance from its data index since 2008. The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

Western Carolina's football student-athletes officially report for fall camp on Thursday, July 31 with the first, helmet-only practice scheduled for the following day on Friday, August 1. The Catamounts open the 2014 season - the third under head coach Mark Speir - on Saturday, August 30 at USF in Tampa, Fla.

Season tickets for all six of WCU's home games in 2014 are on-sale through the Catamount Athletic Ticket Office and online at Purchasing season tickets also allows fans to secure tickets before single-game sales begin on August 25. With Western Carolina University celebrating its 125th anniversary, fans can purchase a reserved adult season ticket for all six home games for just $125 with youth reserved starting at $65.

For more information or to purchase 2014 Catamount football season tickets, contact Director of Ticket Operations Michael Lee by calling (828) 227-2401 or toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU, or via E-mail at

For more information or to purchase 2014 Catamount football season tickets, contact Director of Ticket Operations Michael Lee by calling (828) 227-2401 or toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU, or via E-mail at

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Mon., July 7 - 2nd session of summer school begins
Fri., July 11 - The Great Smokies Invitational golf tournament; The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C.
Wed., July 23 - Southern Conference Football Media Day in Spartanburg, S.C.
Thurs., July 31 - 2014 Catamount football student-athletes report for camp
Fri., August 1 - First scheduled football practice of the 2014 preseason (helmet only)
Tues., August 5 - First scheduled football practice in full pads
Wed., August 6 - First scheduled two-a-day practice sessions
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Tailgate Kickoff (Catamount Club members)
Wed., August 13 - Catamount women's soccer vs. Winthrop (exhibition), 6 pm
Fri., August 15 - Catamount women's soccer vs. UNC Asheville (exhibition), 7 pm
Sat., August 16 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Mon., August 18 - First day of fall classes at WCU
Fri., August 22 - Catamount women's soccer vs. Eastern Kentucky (2014 home opener), 7 pm
Sun., August 24 - Catamount women's soccer vs. East Carolina, 2 pm
Mon., August 25 - Catamount Football single-game tickets go on sale
Fri., August 29 - Catamount cross country hosts the Western Carolina Invitational, 6:30 pm
Sat., August 30 - 2014 Catamount Football season opener at USF in Tampa, Fla.
Fri., Sept. 5 - 10th Annual Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament; Maggie Valley Club, Maggie Valley, N.C.
Sat., Sept. 6 - 2014 Catamount Football home opener vs. Brevard in Cullowhee
Fri., Sept. 26 - The Upstate Classic golf tournament; The Preserve at Verdae in Greenville, S.C.