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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Western Carolina
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  MARCH 15 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Donnavan Spencer, Western Carolina, Sr., RB, Charlotte, N.C.,...Western Carolina running back Donnavan Spencer ran for a career-best 220 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 45 yards to amass a career-best 265 all-purpose yards as the Catamounts downed The Citadel 21-14 on Saturday for their first win of the season. The Charlotte, North Carolina, senior carried the ball 27 times in turning in the 15th 200-yard rushing game in program history and the eighth-best individual performance. His 220 ground yards are the second-most by an FCS player this season. With 17 career rushing touchdowns, Spencer is now five away from entering Western Carolina's top 10. Other nominees: Nathan Storch (The Citadel), Devin Wynn (Furman), Ty King (Samford), Korey Bridy (VMI) and TJ Luther (Wofford). - SoCon Football

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2021 RB Donnavan SpencerWestern Carolina
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  FEB 22 SOCON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Paxton Robertson, Western Carolina, Fr., Kicker, Knoxville, Tenn.,...Western Carolina freshman kicker Paxton Robertson handled his usual kickoff duties and filled in admirably for starting punter Brandon Dickerson in the Catamounts' 35-7 loss to No. 15 Furman. The rookie from Knoxville, Tennessee, kicked off twice for an average of 63.0 yards and punted a career-high eight times for an average of 43.0 yards. Robertson had three punts of 50 yards or more, including a career-long 55-yarder, and saw five kicks downed inside the Paladins' 20-yard line. Other nominees: Alijah Huzzie (ETSU) and Dawson Henis (Wofford). - SoCon Football

(DS#999 K) So/2024 K Paxton RobertsonWestern Carolina
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  2019 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB John Brannon III, Western Carolina,...Brannon finished his final season with a single-season best three interceptions to rank tied for second in the league. He was one of just two defenders to return an INT for a touchdown among the top 10 in the SoCon, doing so with a 23-yard pick-six in the season-opener against Mercer. His team-best eight passes defended ranked eighth in the conference, adding five pass break-ups to his three interceptions. The Charlotte, N.C., product was credited with 55 tackles on the year including one for loss, while also recovering a pair of fumbles at home against Gardner-Webb and Samford. - Western Carolina Football

(DS#123 CB) Sr/2020 CB John Brannon IIIWestern Carolina
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  11/30/19 - Julian PletzrSo/2023, Western Carolina, 5-10, 190 (DS#999 K) + More +

  2019 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): Julian Pletz, Western Carolina,...Assuming the primary placekicking duties at mid-season, the left-footed Pletz led the Catamounts in scoring in 2019 with 40 total points. The Liberty Township, Ohio, native connected on all 16 of his point after touchdown attempts and split the uprights on 8-of-11 field goal attempts including four of 40-plus yards – booming a career-long of 44 yards three times. Pletz garnered SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week plaudits after kicking three field goals including his first 44-yarder in the road win at VMI in early November. - Western Carolina Football

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  NOV 18 SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jayden Pauling, Western Carolina, R-So., LB, Raleigh, N.C.,...Western Carolina linebacker Jayden Pauling had eight tackles, seven of which were solo and two of which went for 11 lost yards, and forced three fumbles in the Catamounts' 31-13 loss to Samford on Saturday. Two of Pauling's forced fumbles came on sacks, while the third came late in the fourth quarter to halt a Samford drive. With a team-high five forced fumbles on the season, the redshirt sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina, is just two shy of the program's single-season record of seven set in 1972. Other nominees: Willie Eubanks III (The Citadel), Armond Lloyd (Samford), Marshall Cooper (Chattanooga) and Brnadon Brown (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Jayden PaulingWestern Carolina
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  NOV 11 SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ty Harris, Western Carolina, Jr., LB, Dacula, Ga.,...Western Carolina linebacker Ty Harris shared game-high honors with 11 tackles, eight solo, in the Catamounts' 23-20, overtime win over ETSU on Saturday. The junior from Dacula, Georgia, counted a career-best 4.0 tackles for loss among his total, the most in a game by a SoCon player this season. Harris helped Western Carolina hold the Bucs to just 265 yards of total offense, the fewest yards the Catamounts have allowed to a Division I opponent this season. The weekly award is the first of Harris' career. Other nominees: Artevius Smith (ETSU), Joshua Carter (Samford), Brandon Dowdell (Chattanooga) and Michael Mason (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

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  Nate Mullen scored on a 1-yard run in overtime after Western Carolina held East Tennessee State to a field goal and the Catamounts defeated the Buccaneers 23-20 on Saturday. After both teams kicked first-quarter field goals, Donnavan Spencer scored on a 44-yard run 1:41 into the second quarter and Western Carolina (3-7, 2-5 Southern Conference) led 10-3 at halftime. Quay Holmes' 4-yard touchdown run was the only scoring in the third an East Tennessee State (2-8, 0-7) pulled even.

The Catamounts grabbed the lead midway through the fourth when Tyrie Adams hooked up with Caleb Ferguson for a 22-yard TD. But the Buccaneers answered with a 14-play, 64-yard drive that took 6+ minutes off the clock and ended with Holmes running it in from 5 yards out with 91 seconds left in regulation. Adams completed 16 of 25 passes for 185 yards for Western Carolina. Spencer finished with 124 yards on the ground on 19 carries. Holmes rushed for 166 yards on 36 carries for ETSU. The Catamounts outgained ETSU 412 yards to 265. - AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rSr/2021 RB Donnavan SpencerWestern Carolina
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  Nate Mullen scored on a 1-yard run in overtime after Western Carolina held East Tennessee State to a field goal and the Catamounts defeated the Buccaneers 23-20 on Saturday. After both teams kicked first-quarter field goals, Donnavan Spencer scored on a 44-yard run 1:41 into the second quarter and Western Carolina (3-7, 2-5 Southern Conference) led 10-3 at halftime. Quay Holmes' 4-yard touchdown run was the only scoring in the third an East Tennessee State (2-8, 0-7) pulled even.

The Catamounts grabbed the lead midway through the fourth when Tyrie Adams hooked up with Caleb Ferguson for a 22-yard TD. But the Buccaneers answered with a 14-play, 64-yard drive that took 6+ minutes off the clock and ended with Holmes running it in from 5 yards out with 91 seconds left in regulation. Adams completed 16 of 25 passes for 185 yards for Western Carolina. Spencer finished with 124 yards on the ground on 19 carries. Holmes rushed for 166 yards on 36 carries for ETSU. The Catamounts outgained ETSU 412 yards to 265. - AP College Football


(DS#74 QB) rSr/2020 QB Tyrie AdamsWestern Carolina
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  NOV 4 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Donnavan Spencer, Western Carolina, R-Jr., RB, Charlotte, N.C.,...Western Carolina running back Donnavan Spencer totaled a career-best 247 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 43-35 win over VMI, the Catamounts' first league win of the season. The redshirt junior carried the ball 28 times for 137 yards and two TDs, falling just two yards shy of his career high. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native also had two catches for 110 yards and a score, including a 78-yard pitch-and-catch on Western Carolina's first play from scrimmage in the contest. The 100-yard rushing game was the third of Spencer's career. Other nominees: Raleigh Webb (The Citadel), Will Huzzie (ETSU), Tyray Devezin (Mercer), Jay Stanton (Samford), Ailym Ford (Chattanooga), Alex Ramsey (VMI) and D'mauriae VanCleave (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

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  Tyrie Adams threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns, Donnavan Spencer rushed for 137 yards and two scores, and Western Carolina held off VMI 43-35 on Saturday. Spencer's 42-yard touchdown run gave the Catamounts (2-7, 1-5 Southern Conference) a 37-22 lead with 8:06 remaining in the game. VMI (4-5, 3-3) rallied, first scoring on a 10-yard pass from Reece Udinski to Jakob Herres, then a 62-yard hookup from Udinski to Leroy Thomas. Now leading 37-35, Western Carolina ran out the final 3:10 on the clock. However, with 4th-and-1 at the VMI 42 and needing one play to seal the game, Adams threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Daquan Patten on the final play.

Adams and Spencer connected on a 78-yard TD pass and Adams also hit D.J. Thorpe for a 13-yard score for a 14-13 Western Carolina lead after one quarter and the Catamounts went on to lead 20-19 at halftime. Spencer and Patten both went over 100 yards receiving, with 110 yards and 103 yards, respectively. Western Carolina had 539 total yards. Udinski finished 23-of-31 passing with two touchdowns and an interception for VMI. Ramsey had 29 carries for 143 rushing yards with three touchdowns and Herres caught seven passes for 105 yards. - AP College Football


(DS#74 QB) rSr/2020 QB Tyrie AdamsWestern Carolina
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  Citing a violation of team policies and standards, Western Carolina suspended four players, including starting quarterback Tyrie Adams, for Saturday's game at N.C. State. Adams, the preseason Southern Conference offensive player of the year, was replaced by sophomore Will Jones in the starting lineup. Also suspended were starting left offensive guard Matthew Bair, starting nose tackle Adam Henderson, and reserve defensive lineman Elijah Hall. The suspended players did not travel with the team. Western Carolina entered the game with a nine-game losing streak dating back to 2018. - AP College Football

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  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT ALL-FCS THIRD TEAM: Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina, Sr.,...Adams is entering the 2019 season ranked second in the WCU record books in total offense (9,389 yds) and career passing yards (7,279 yds), the fifth-year senior is poised to shatter both records in 2019. He ranks 11th in program history with 2,110 career yards after rushing for a SoCon-leading 1,006 yards in 2018. - Western Carolina Football

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  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina, Sr.,...Entering the season ranked second in the WCU record books in total offense (9,389 yds) and career passing yards (7,279 yds), the fifth-year senior is poised to shatter both records in 2019. He ranks 11th in program history with 2,110 career yards after rushing for a SoCon-leading 1,006 yards in 2018. - Western Carolina Football

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  2019 PRESEASON STATS FCS PAYTON AWARD WATCHLIST: Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina, QB, R-Sr., 6-2, 180,...One of 25 players nationally, Adams is one of two student-athletes from the Southern Conference to grace the initial award watch list, joined by Chattanooga WR Bryce Nunnelly. A semifinalist for the award a season ago, Adams finished 19th in the final national balloting last year. The 2019 list It included at least one player from all 13 NCAA FCS conferences.

Expectations are high for the mobile, veteran signal-caller entering the 2019 season. He is coming off a year that saw him throw for 2,417 yards and 16 touchdowns while also rushing for a SoCon-best 1,006 yards and 10 scores, accounting for 26 TDs while becoming just one of 11 NCAA FCS quarterbacks all-time to throw for 2,000+ and rush for over 1,000 in the same season. He guided an offense that ranked second in the SoCon - 31st nationally - averaging 31.5 points per game while also ranking second in the league in total offense with 464.5 yards of offense per game - 17th overall in the FCS. - Western Carolina Football


(DS#74 QB) rSr/2020 QB Tyrie AdamsWestern Carolina
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  2019 PRESEASON SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Tyrie Adams, R-Sr., Western Carolina,...A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Adams enters his final season in a position to shatter many of WCU's all-time career offensive records. Already with the program's all-time passing touchdown record of 53 - ninth in the SoCon record books - Adams is poised to eclipse two additional school benchmarks early in 2019. With 9,389 yards of total offense, Adams is just nine yards of breaking Troy Mitchell's record set in 2015 and is just 75 passing yards in arrears of his predecessor's school-record of 7,354 career passing yards. Adams is also just 100 rushing yards shy of the school's all-time top 10 list entering 2019. - Western Carolina Football

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