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Catamount Football Weekly: at The Citadel

Tyrie Adams is on the CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Midseason Watch List (see below).
Oct. 31, 2017

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina looks to shake-off a disappointing, rain-soaked Homecoming loss to Furman last Saturday as the Catamounts travel to the South Carolina Lowcountry for a 2:00 pm Southern Conference battle with The Citadel Bulldogs at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

WCU seeks its first road win in the series since 2010 as it looks to keep pace in the tight SoCon race and quest for post-season. The Citadel (5-3, 3-3 SoCon) has won two-straight in the series – and has wins in five of the last six series meetings.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with an air time of the Pepsi Tailgate Show at 1:00 pm ahead of the 2:00 pm kickoff. Fans can also follow the game through The Citadel’s video production available on ESPN3.

Western Carolina (6-3, 4-2 SoCon) enters the weekend in third place in the SoCon standings, a game in arrears of the two-way tie for first between Wofford (7-1, 5-1 SoCon) and Furman (6-3, 5-1 SoCon) and half a game up on fourth-place, Samford (5-3, 3-2 SoCon). The Catamounts continue to boast the league’s top scoring offense (35.0 ppg) and total offense (454.4 yds/gm) collectively – but will get a huge test from the SoCon’s top defensive unit in The Citadel, which has limited opponents to just 17.8 points per game and only allowing 288.6 yards per game to opposing offenses.

The other big match-up this weekend is with The Citadel’s top rushing offensive attack which paces the conference with an average of 321.6 yards per game – a mark that ranks the Bulldogs second in the country. WCU’s defense ranks sixth in the SoCon with 196.1 yards per game

Catamount sixth-year head coach Mark Speir talks about last weekend’s home loss in the torrential downpour before looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown in Charleston with the Bulldogs in this week’s edition of “Catamount Football Weekly.”



Tyrie Adams on CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Midseason Watch List
Western Carolina redshirt sophomore QB Tyrie Adams was one of 36 players in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to grace the 2017 midseason watch list for the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.

Adams is one of three players – all quarterbacks – from the Southern Conference to grace the award watch list. In addition to WCU’s second-year signal caller, the list also includes Furman’s P.J. Blazejowski and Devlin Hodges of Samford. All told, 29 of the players on the CFPA watch list are quarterbacks.

Adams ranks among the Southern Conference leaders in rushing yardage (4th, 65.8 yds/gm), passing average (4th, 190.4 yds/gm), and ranks second in total offense (256.2 yds/gm) – a stat that ranks him 25th nationally in the FCS. Combined, Adams’ 2,306 yards of total offense already ranks 11th in the school’s single-season record books.

In just his second season as the WCU starter, Adams – the reigning SoCon Freshman of the Year – has amassed 4,282 passing yards to already rank ninth in the WCU career record books. His combined total offensive yardage to date in his career is 5,232 – sixth-best in program history and just 44 total yards shy of fifth-place.

The 2017 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy is a 22-inch K-9 optic crystal tower with eight-inch crystal football on top. All FCS players are eligible for the award. The award winner will be announced January 10, 2018.