Redshirt freshman tailback C.J. Goodman (6) is brought down by defensive back Ace Clark (28) during WCU's first practice in full pads Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations)
Aug. 6, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
For the first time this preseason, the Western Carolina Catamount football team hit the turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field in full pads for two and a half hours on Tuesday afternoon. The fifth practice session of the 2013 preseason was among the most intense as hitting picked up, especially in competitive drills which pitted the offense against the defense.
"The guys got out there and got after it today. No one side dominated the other and that's a good thing," said WCU second-year head football coach Mark Speir following Tuesday's practice. "Always this early in preseason, you're going to see mistakes that we've got to get corrected, but overall, I thought they came out with good spirits and got after it."
First Practice in Full Pads Photo Gallery
After three brief sessions including individual position and field goal/PAT work, the Catamounts got to hitting quickly in the fourth period of the practice. With pads lined along the 50-yard line, WCU battled through the "Cat Drill," with one-on-one battles pairing similar positions against each other in an Oklahoma-style, competitive exercise. The defensive unit came out on top resulting in extra up-downs for the offense.
On one of the hottest days of the preseason, the Catamounts worked through 17 periods including approximately a 10-minute scrimmage session. At the conclusion of practice, the offense and defense again squared off in a short competitive drill with the offense coming out on top earning the defensive unit an extra conditioning rep.
Western Carolina will hold its first two-a-day practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7, practicing again in full pads beginning at 9:00 am before returning for a 7:30 pm practice in shells under the lights on Wednesday evening. WCU is slated to scrimmage on Saturday afternoon from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm.
A reminder that WCU football practice this preseason is open to the public. However, it is respectfully requested that those in attendance observe from the stadium seating area and avoid being either on the field or sidelines for safety.
Looking ahead to Wednesday elsewhere, Catamount fans will tee-off at the Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa for the 2013 Western Open golf tournament as a part of the Catamount Golf Tour. The Waynesville stop has a 1:00 pm shotgun start. The porch social and dinner portion of the festivities gets underway around 5:00 pm for a cost of just $25.
This Week in Catamount Football:
Wednesday, Aug. 7
Practice #6, 9:00 am (full pads);
Practice #7, 7:30 pm (shells)
Thursday, Aug. 8:
Practice #8, 1:30 pm (full pads)
Friday, Aug. 9:
Practice #9, 9:00 am (full pads);
Practice #10, 5:30 pm (shells)
Catamount 101: Ladies Love Football, 5:30 pm
Saturday, Aug. 10:
Scrimmage (Practice #11, full pads) 3:30 pm
Catamount Tailgate Kickoff (Catamount Club Members)
* Practice schedule is subject to change
Important Catamount Football Dates to Remember:
Tues., August 6 - First scheduled football practice in full pads
Wed., August 7 - First Two-A-Day Football Practice
Wed., August 7 - The Western Open golf tournament; Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa
Fri., August 9 - Catamount 101 - Ladies Love Football event, Cullowhee (5:30 pm)
Sat., August 10 - Catamount Tailgate Kickoff (Catamount Club members)
Mon., August 19 - First day of fall classes at WCU
Mon., August 19 - 2013 Catamount Football single-game tickets go on sale
Thurs., August 29 - 2013 Catamount Football season-opener at Middle Tennessee; Murfreesboro, Tenn. (6:30 pm CT / 7:30 pm ET)
Fri., September 13 - The Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament; High Vista Country Club in Mills River, N.C.
Sat., September 14 - 2013 Catamount Football home opener vs. The Citadel (3:30 pm)