Over the next couple of weeks, CatamountSports.com will feature positional previews of the 2014 Catamount football team including the write-ups from the 2014 Western Carolina media guide, and Catamount Sports Network video features.
One of the deepest positions for the Catamounts this fall comes at wide receiver, led by returning redshirt junior Karnorris Benson. A second team All-Southern Conference selection in 2013, Benson matched WCU's school-record for touchdown receptions in a single-season with a team-leading 12 scores last fall. He finished the season ranked second in the SoCon with a 69.5 yards per game average and fifth with 4.2 receptions per game. Benson was the top scoring wide receiver in the SoCon, ranking fourth in scoring (touchdowns) averaging 6.0 points per game.
At the preseason media day, Benson was tabbed preseason first team All-Southern Conference entering 2014.
WCU returns its No. 2 receivers from both the past two seasons - sophomore Terryon Robinson (41 catches, 562 yards, 2 TDs) in 2013 and redshirt sophomore Spearman Robinson (39 catches, 376 yds, TD) from 2012. Second-year wideout Willie Police (40 catches, 367 yards) earned SoCon All-Freshman plaudits in his rookie season.
Redshirt senior Jeff Moore and redshirt sophomores Seth Curtis and C.J. Goodman provide experienced depth at the position. Each are having tremendous preseason camps to this point and should factor into playing time on the field this fall.
WCU also returns redshirt junior Gary Richardson second-year players in sophomores Steffon Hill (2 catches, 24 yards), Aaron Pridemore and William Ramsey.
The coaching staff - headed by first-year assistant Jaybo Shaw - expects big things from newcomers Jordan Mathis (Marietta, Ga.), Darius Means (Charlotte, N.C.) Tyran Reynolds (Crystal River, Fla.), Brett Walker (Charlotte, N.C.) and Logan Chester (Huntersville, N.C.).
WIDE RECEIVER NOTES:
Combined, Western Carolina returns five receivers that caught double-digit passes in 2013 alone ... 15 of WCU's 17 receiving TDs a year ago were caught by receivers - 14 of those 15 return;
Karnorris Benson was selected to the preseason College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Watch List, and both he and sophomore Terryon Robinson were selected preseason all-conference by the Beyond Sports Network (BSN).
WCU Football 2014 Position-by-Position Preview:
Offensive Line - WATCH
Defensive Line - WATCH
Wide Receivers - ABOVE
Linebackers - Aug. 13
Running Backs - Aug. 15
Defensive Backs - Aug. 18
Tight Ends - Aug. 19
Special Teams - Aug. 20
Quarterbacks - Aug. 21