Concluding today is CatamountSports.com's final positional preview feature of the 2014 Catamount football team which includes the write-ups from the 2014 Western Carolina media guide, and Catamount Sports Network video features.
The quarterback position entering the 2014 season is a little more clear than it has been over the past two seasons. Junior Troy Mitchell enters as the preseason favorite at starter, possessing the most experience of the four signal callers on the roster.
Mitchell has played in 22 games over the past two seasons, making 14 starts at quarterback for the Catamounts. The junior from Houston, Texas, has thrown for nearly 2,500 yards in his first couple of years including a team-leading - and career-best - 1,614 yards in 2013.
Off-season roster changes have prompted WCU to return local standout, Garrett Brown, back to the quarterback position in which he was recruited to WCU to play.
Brown, who has played in 28 career games over his first three seasons, has seen very limited time in the backfield as a QB. During his freshman season, each of his offensive snaps came in the "Wild Catamount" formation with him rushing for 31 yards and his first career TD on a three-yard rush against Mars Hill in 2011. In 2012, Brown completed his lone pass attempt - a 16-yard strike at Furman that sparked a scoring drive.
The four quarterbacks on WCU's preseason roster are very similar - they are all dual-threats meaning they are effective in both the rushing and passing game.
Freshman Jackson McDonald (Flowery Branch, Ga.) was a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, throwing for over 1,600 yards in both of his final two seasons as a prep and is joined by classmate Wes Holcombe (Tiger, Ga.) who threw for over 3,500 yards in his final two years of high school. The two saw reps - both live and protected - during the 2014 preseason fall camp.
Troy Mitchell ranked fifth in the SoCon in both passing (146.7 yds/gm) and total offense (198.1 yds/gm) in 2013 ... After accounting for eight rushing scores as a freshman in 2012, Mitchell scored just twice on the ground in 2013 - but ranked second on the team with 565 total yards gained;
Western Carolina ranked fourth in the SoCon in passing offense in 2013, averaging 221.2 yards per game through the air ... the Catamounts threw 18 interceptions as a team in 2013, the most by any SoCon school.
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 - WATCH
Quarterbacks - ABOVE