Nov. 20, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina senior linebacker Rock Williams was today named to the All-Southern Conference team as released by the leage office. Williams was selected to the first team defense by the media while being tabbed second team by the league's nine head coaches. Additionally, four Catamount freshmen - running back Darius Ramsey, quarterback Troy Mitchell and defensive backs Sertonuse Harris and Jaleel Lorquet - were also named all-freshman by the coaches.
Williams anchored the Catamount defense in 2012, leading both the team and the Southern Conference with a 12.0 tackle per game average - a mark which currently ranks second in all of FCS football. He twice recorded 20-or-more tackles last season including a career-high 24 at The Citadel and 23 against arch-rival, Appalachian State. He holds two of the top three individual single-game top performances for total tackles and is tied for the most solo stops (17) at the FCS level this season.
On WCU's career charts, Williams finished his career in seventh place with 319 career tackles. Finishing with 108 seasonal stops despite missing two games with an ankle sprain, Williams was seven tackles shy of his single-season career high and just nine tackles shy of leaving his mark on WCU's single-season record books.
Darius Ramsey led WCU in rushing with 503 total yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns on the ground with an average of nearly 56 yards a game. The Waco, N.C., native eclipsed the century mark twice including his collegiate debut against Mars Hill as he carried the ball 20 times for 120 yards. Ramsey also had 118 yards against The Citadel on 16 rushes. The speedy running back also made plays catching passes out of the backfield and returning kicks, leading WCU in all-purpose yards, averaging 86.1 yards per game.
Troy Mitchell played in all 11 games for the Catamounts, starting five games behind center while also seeing time as the special teams holder on placekicks. The Houston, Texas native finished second on the team in passing, tossing four touchdowns while averaging 78.4 passing yards per game. Mitchell was also second on the team in rushing yards with 433, but led WCU in rushing scores with eight TDs - the most for a Western Carolina quarterback dating back to 1968.
Mitchell was twice named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week. The first came in his first ever collegiate game, getting the start for the WCU offense. Mitchell finished 20-for-29 against Mars Hill for 149 yards with no interceptions. He also ran for 38 yards in the lone win of the season. He was honored a second time by the SoCon and named the top freshman for the week in the conference by the staff at SouthernPigskin.com for his game against Elon. The quarterback threw for a career-high 175 yards with two touchdowns - the first two of his collegiate career - in the loss to the Phoenix. He also rushed for 117 yards against The Citadel with a touchdown.
Sertonuse Harris was a solid presence for the Catamount defense in year one of his collegiate career. From Mableton, Ga., Harris finished third on the team in tackles with 93 total, 48 being solo stops. Harris totaled two sacks, forcing four fumbles while recovering one. He also had a pass break up. He led all WCU freshmen in tackles. Harris started 10 out of the 11 games in the Catamount secondary.
Jaleel Lorquet was the final Catamount named to the all-freshman squad. Lorquet was seventh on the defense in tackles with 44, but tied for the team lead in interceptions with two. He was also credited with two break ups. His first career interception came in the end zone against Elon with the second coming in the final conference game of the season against Chattanooga. Lorquet played in all 11 games for the WCU defense. Lorquet had a season-high six tackles against Georgia Southern.