Aug 16, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's football team opened its final weekend of preseason camp on Friday morning with its 18th practice of the preseason. Greeted by fall-like temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s, the squad worked through a 17 period practice in full pads encompassing just over two hours at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.
As is customary for many of WCU's athletic teams, football's Friday camp schedule includes the team aiding the WCU community with freshman move-in day across campus. While the offensive unit watches film from 2:30 until 4:00 pm, defensive players will help new freshmen move into the residence halls. The two groups will switch at 4:00 pm with the offense aiding the WCU family with move-in while the defense is in a film session.
WCU will hold its final preseason scrimmage on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 am. However, several names will be absent from the final tune-up intrasquad before the team turns its attention to its Aug. 29 opener at Middle Tennessee State.
Defensively, senior linebackers Courtland Carson (ankle) and Marcus Stokes (knee), as well as redshirt junior Ace Clark (knee) will not participate in the scrimmage. The secondary will be bolstered, however, by Clemson transfer Dante Stewart who will be dressed out after fulfilling his NCAA-mandated acclimation period. Both sophomore Sertonuse Harris and redshirt junior Reggie Williams are listed as questionable by the WCU Sports Medicine staff while freshman lineman Andrew Mayton has been limited in practice, but should return for Saturday's scrimmage.
Senior defensive lineman Brian Johnson is expected to miss the scrimmage as well for personal reasons as he attends a family funeral.
On offense, wide receiver Chisolm Okolie (Achilles) and quarterback Jawan Simmons (toe) will miss the scrimmage due to injury. Junior tailback Shaun Warren may also be held out after getting twisted up during Friday morning's session. That will mean more reps for the running back quartet of Darius Ramsey, Garry Lewis, David Giron and converted tailback, Brandon Grady. Redshirt freshman tight end Michael Helms was limited in practice during the latter part of the week, but should be in for reps on Saturday.
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.
Fans can keep track of many of the preseason activities through the Catamount Athletics social media outlets on Facebook (fb.com/catamountsports), Twitter (@catamounts), YouTube (CatamountSports) and Instagram (wcu_catamounts). Additionally, CatamountSports.com will be updated throughout the 2013 preseason.
This Week in Catamount Football:
Friday, August 16:
Defense Help with Move-In, 2:30-4:00 pm
Offense Help with Move-In, 4:00-5:30 pm
Saturday, August 17:
Scrimmage #3 (Practice #19, full pads) 10:00 am
Sunday, August 18:
Practice #20, 2:00 pm (shells)
Important Catamount Football Dates to Remember:
Fri., August 16 - WCU Freshman Move-In Day
Sat., August 17 - Third scrimmage of preseason, 10:00 am
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)