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.
Western Carolina's running backs entering 2014 are headlined by two upperclassmen - senior Shaun Warren and junior Darius Ramsey - who have combined to lead the Catamounts in rushing in the past three seasons.
Ramsey has paced WCU the past two seasons (139 carries, 594 yards, 4 TDs in 2013 & 111 carries, 503 yards, 2 TDs in 2012), while Warren led the team in rushing in 2011 (91 carries, 454 yards, 5 TDs).
In 2013, Ramsey was the only Catamount running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark, doing so three times including a season-high 116 yards at home against Furman. Over the past two seasons, Warren has added to his all-purpose repertoire, combining to gain 838 yards on kickoff returns - averaging 20.4 yards per return.
That duo will be joined in 2014 by a pair of talented freshmen tailbacks. Detrez Newsome (Raeford, N.C.) - who gained over 2,000 yards as a prep senior - participated in Western Carolina's spring drills - and Corey Holloway (Atlanta, Ga.) - a physical runner who amassed over 1,300 all-purpose yards as a senior.
This preseason, Western Carolina has also experimented with a couple of tight ends - junior London Richardson and converted linebacker Lee Pattillo - seeing action in the backfield in a fullback role in jumbo sets.
RUNNING BACKS NOTES: Western Carolina tallied 162 fewer yards on the ground in 2013 (1,674 yards) than it did in 2012 (1,836 yards) with nine fewer touchdowns on the ground (13 vs. 22) ... WCU's 1,674 rushing yards in 2013 were the second-most since 2001, though - second only to the 2012 totals;
Darius Ramsey ranked 10th in the SoCon in rushing, averaging a team-best 56.5 yards on the ground per game;
Shaun Warren enters 2014 with 10 rushing touchdowns including a career-best five as freshman and four as a junior ... He is just 224 yards shy of 1,000 rushing for his career;
Detrez Newsome led WCU's running backs with 39 yards on 14 carries during the annual Spring Game.
WCU Football 2014 Position-by-Position Preview:
Offensive Line - WATCH
Defensive Line - WATCH
Wide Receivers - WATCH
Linebackers - WATCH
Running Backs - ABOVE
Defensive Backs - Aug. 18
Tight Ends - Aug. 19
Special Teams - Aug. 20
Quarterbacks - Aug. 21