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  Cole Gonzales threw three touchdowns to lead four Western Carolina quarterbacks with at least one scoring pass and the Catamounts beat Presbyterian 77-21 on Saturday. The 77 points tied Western Carolina's all-time program record for points in a game. In reserve roles, quarterbacks Samuel Cornett, Brody Palhegyi and Parish Metzger all threw a touchdown while all four quarterbacks played interception-free football. The quad QB committee combined for 26-for-33 passing for 382 yards with Desmond Reid as the primary target as he amassed 175 receiving yards with 12 receptions and two touchdowns. Reid was one of 10 receivers - including QB Cornett - to catch a pass. Nate Hayden threw for 188 yards and a touchdown for Presbyterian. In a 2-9 campaign last season, the Blue Hose (1-2) surrendered 70 or more points on two occasions and 60 or more three times. Austin Peay beat Presbyterian 63-0 in a season opener this year. - AP College Football

Fr/2026 QB Cole GonzalesWestern Carolina
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  SEPT 5 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Richard McCollum, R-Jr., PK, Western Carolina, Sanford, N.C.,...Western Carolina placekicker Richard McCollum scored 10 points in the Catamounts' season-opening 52-38 win at Charleston Southern on Saturday. The redshirt junior from Sanford, North Carolina, booted a 42-yard field goal just 3:29 into the game to open the scoring in the offensive slugfest. McCollum also converted all seven of his point-after-touchdown attempts on the afternoon, running his streak to 63 consecutive makes, which is two back of the program record set by Ken Hinsley from 1995-98. Dating back to last season, the Catamounts have now won five of their last six games after opening the 2021 campaign 0-6. Other nominees: Trace Kelley (ETSU), Ryan Leavy (Furman), Devron Harper (Mercer), Bradley Porcellato (Samford) and Andrew Southard (Chattanooga). - SoCon Football

rJr/2024 K Richard McCollumWestern Carolina
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  Carlos Davis threw a school record six touchdowns and Western Carolina raced past Charleston Southern 52-38 in an opener on Saturday. Davis was 28 of 36 for 433 yards. It's tied for the second most yards in school history as David Rivers threw for 474 yards in 2000 and Don Dalton had 433 in 1969. Davis also had two interceptions. His touchdown passes were to five different receivers, including a 72-yarder to Censere Lee to help the Catamounts open a 31-17 halftime lead. He opened the third quarter with a 53-yard connection to David White.

Ross Malmgren threw five touchdown passes, going 30 of 45 for 392 yards but was sacked six times and threw an interception for Charleston Southern. Malmgren entered the game with three touchdown passes, one interception and 297 career yards. Raphael Williams had 10 receptions for 112 yards and Seth Anders had two touchdowns among his eight catches for 131 yards. Both teams face daunting tasks next weekend with Western Carolina going to Georgia Tech and Charleston Southern playing at No. 13 North Carolina State. - Western Carolina/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Carlos DavisWestern Carolina
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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: KR - Calvin Jones, 5-10, 175, sophomore, Western Carolina,...Jones, a second-team preseason All-SoCon selection at return specialist, was among 13 players from the conference to earn a selection on the Stats Perform FCS 2022 Preseason All-America team. Five from the SoCon landed on the first team, followed by four on the second and four on the third team.

A product of Forest City, N.C., Jones collected second-team postseason All-Southern Conference plaudits as a kick returner as a second-year freshman in 2021 after leading the SoCon with a 31.1 yards per return average - the second-best overall average in the NCAA FCS, trailing just Isaiah Bolden of Jackson State (16-for-591, 36.9 avg). Jones was dubbed a Freshman All-American by HERO Sports and twice honored by Phil Steele as a first-team All-America kick returner and a third-team wide receiver selection. Jones amassed 1,254 all-purpose yards in 2021 including 651 receiving, 590 on kickoff returns, and 13 yards rushing over 11 games played for an average of 114.0 yards per game, fifth in the league. - Western Carolina Football


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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RS Calvin Jones, So., Western Carolina,...Jones, selected as the second team return specialist. The Forest City, N.C., native led the SoCon in kickoff return average with a 31.1 yards per return average - the second-best overall average in the NCAA FCS, trailing just Isaiah Bolden of Jackson State (16-for-591, 36.9 avg). Jones, who was dubbed a Freshman All-American by HERO Sports and twice honored by Phil Steele as a first-team All-America kick returner and a third-team wide receiver selection, also ranked seventh in the conference with a 57.9 receiving yards per game average in 2021. - Western Carolina Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): PK Richard McCollum, Jr., Western Carolina,...McCollum led the Catamounts with 78 points last season, ranking seventh in the SoCon at 7.8 points per game. He finished the year as the NCAA FCS field goal percentage leader as the only kicker to remain perfect on the season, going 12-for-12 on field goal attempts. The Sanford, N.C., product was also perfect on PATs last fall, splitting the uprights on all 42 attempts. McCollum was the SoCon's Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 11 points in the road win at Wofford in late October. - Western Carolina Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Andreas Keaton, So., Western Carolina,...Dubbed the SoCon Freshman of the Year and an All-Freshman team selection last season by the league's head coaches, sophomore DB Andreas Keaton collected second-team preseason All-SoCon honors. The Powder Springs, Ga., native finished sixth on the WCU squad with 45 tackles including 29 solo stops, and was tied for sixth in the SoCon with a WCU-leading three interceptions. Keaton was a finalist for the 2021 Stats Perform FCS Jerry Rice Award given to the nation's top freshman, finishing tied for 17th in the national vote. - Western Carolina Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB TJ Jones, Sr., Western Carolina,...Jones was one of four league running backs honored between the first and second teams on Thursday. The second year, Lakeland, Fla., product led the Catamounts in rushes (125), rushing yards (589), and rushing touchdowns (9) last fall. Jones averaged 53.5 yards per game on the ground, adding 306 receiving yards to finish the year with 895 all-purpose yards or 81.4 yards per game. Jones was second on the WCU squad in scoring with 72 total points coming on a team-best 12 touchdowns - nine rushing and three receiving out of the backfield - which put him tied for fourth in the SoCon in 2021. - Western Carolina Football

Sr/2023 RB TJ JonesWestern Carolina
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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Raphael Williams, R-So., Western Carolina,...A first-team All-SoCon selection and two-time Freshman All-America selection in 2021, Raphael Williams adds the preseason first-team honor to his ever-growing resume. The redshirt sophomore from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Williams led the Catamounts with 73 catches for 959 yards last season, finding the endzone nine times, ninth in the league by registering an average of 4.9 points per game. He paced the SoCon with both a 6.6 reception per game and 87.2 receiving yards per game average. Williams, who posted five, 100-yard receiving games and double-digit receptions three times including a school-record 16 at Wofford, was additionally named preseason All-SoCon by The Bluebloods online publication. - Western Carolina Football

rSo/2025 WR Raphael WilliamsWestern Carolina
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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Tyler Smith, R-Jr., Western Carolina,...Smith earned preseason all-conference honors for the second-consecutive season, tallying a second-team nod as WCU's lone representative on the squad ahead of the 2021 season. The Laurinburg, N.C., native was one of just two Catamount linemen to start all 11 games a year ago and collected second-team All-SoCon postseason plaudits from the Phil Steele publication. With 37 career games played, Smith enters the 2022 season having made 32 consecutive starts along WCU's offensive line over the past three years. - Western Carolina Football

rJr/2024 OT Tyler SmithWestern Carolina
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  2021 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): Andreas Keaton, Western Carolina,...Keaton finished his rookie season with 45 total tackles, including 29 solo stops to rank sixth on the Catamount squad from his safety position. Starting all 11 games in the defensive secondary, he recorded a career-best eight tackles in his collegiate debut against Eastern Kentucky. He posted two of his team-high three interceptions against Liam Welch and the Samford offense in mid-September. Keaton finished the year with six pass break-ups to go along with his three picks, finishing tied for seventh with nine total passes defended. - Western Carolina Football

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  2021 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Rogan Wells, Gr., Western Carolina,...In his final season as a collegiate, Wells tallied second-team accolades from both the coaches and media after finishing second in the SoCon in both passing (288.6 yds/gm) and total offense (349.9 yds/gm), ranking 11th and sixth nationally in FCS. He tossed 20 touchdown passes this season, missing two games due to injury. Wells also finished 10th in the SoCon in rushing, averaging 61.3 yards per game on the ground that included a pair of 100-yard rushing performances and four total touchdowns. - Western Carolina Football

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  2021 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Raphael Williams, R-Fr., Western Carolina,...A redshirt freshman transfer, Williams led the SoCon in both receptions per game at 6.6 and received an average of 87.2 yards per game this season, his first for the Purple & Gold. He ranked tied for ninth in the nation in receptions per game, and his receiving average was 19th nationally, while his 959 receiving yards ranked 10th in the Catamount single-season record books and was the 13th-most by a player through the regular season this fall. Williams recorded nine touchdown catches, tied for the most by an individual in the conference this season. - Western Carolina Football

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  2021 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Andreas Keaton, DB, Western Carolina,...Western Carolina's Keaton started all 11 games at safety for the Catamounts this season, finishing sixth on the team with 44 tackles. He had three interceptions on the season, including two against Samford on Sept. 18. He broke up six passes on the season. He tied for seventh in the league with nine total passes defended and ranked eighth with 0.82 per game...Keaton is the fourth Catamount chosen as the freshman of the year by the coaches and the first since quarterback Tyrie Adams in 2016. - Southern Conference Football

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  Rogan Wells threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns to lead Western Carolina to a 52-24 walloping of VMI on Saturday, the Keydets' third straight loss after breaking into the FCS rankings. The victory gave the Catamounts three straight Southern Conference road victories in a season for the first time since 1984. Their four conference wins is the most since 2017. Western Carolina (4-7, 4-4) took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter that included Wells' short touchdown pass to Owen Cosenke and a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown by Daquan Patton. Seth Morgan threw two touchdown passes to bring VMI (6-5, 4-4) back to within 21-14 after one quarter and the Catamounts held a 28-21 lead at intermission. Wells hit Calvin Jones with a 56-yard touchdown midway though the third quarter to break it open and the Western Carolina defense held the Keydets to just a field goal in the second half. - AP College Football

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