Aug. 20, 2014
Concluding this week, 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 returns two of its primary specialists in 2014 including placekicker Richard Sigmon and long-snapper Chandler Addertion.
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. He 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.
Prior to the start of fall camp, Sigmon was named to the preseason All-Southern Conference second team. He was additionally nominated for the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Redshirt sophomore Chandler Addertion is penciled in as the starting long snapper. Last season, the versatile Addertion was credited with six stops on special teams while also forcing a fumble at Georgia Southern. Offensive lineman Ethan James also aided in the long-snapping duties, particularly on placekicks.
Redshirt sophomore Blake Metcalf should factor into the starting punting role after seeing action in three games, kicking off twice and punting once - a 57-yard boot against SEC-foe, Auburn.
WCU has several newcomers that will factor into the third facet of the game on special teams. Newcomers Destry Barnwell (Charlotte, N.C.) and Ian Berryman (Marietta, Ga.) could both factor into the punting duties. Barnwell booted a 71-yard punt-and-roll while Berryman had a 53-yard kick during a preseason scrimmage. Freshman Tim Gawert (Cornelius, N.C.) and returner Tyler Gillen will vie for the placekicking duties after handling that role at Hough HS.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES:
was listed on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Placekicker Award Watch List in the summer prior to the season;
WCU ranked third in the SoCon in field goal kicking in 2013, connecting on 10-of-13 (76.9%) ... the Catamounts were 23-of-26 on PAT kicking - 12th in the SoCon at 88.5%;
The Catamounts punted 79 times in 2013, the most by any school in the Southern Conference ... WCU averaged 35.9 yards per punt, eighth in the conference;
Western Carolina was one of two Southern Conference teams to successfully attempt an on-side kick in 2013 ... WCU was 1-for-1 in on-side attempts while Appalachian State was 1-for-4.
WCU Football 2014 Position-by-Position Preview:
Offensive Line - WATCH
Defensive Line - WATCH
Wide Receivers - WATCH
Linebackers - WATCH
Running Backs - WATCH
Defensive Backs - WATCH
Tight Ends - WATCH
Special Teams - ABOVE
Quarterbacks - Aug. 21