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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

(DS#37 FS) Fr/2025 FS Andreas KeatonWestern Carolina
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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

(DS#28 QB) rSr/2022 QB Rogan WellsWestern Carolina
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  Kenny Benjamin scored a go-ahead 85-yard touchdown with 6:53 remaining and Western Carolina held off Furman 43-42 on Saturday for its third straight win. Benjamin was left wide open over the middle at midfield and he easily raced into the end zone. Western Carolina was forced to punt with 2:47 remaining in the fourth and Dejuan Bell returned it 28 yards before a blind-side hit forced the ball out and the Paladins recovered it. The Catamounts held Furman scoreless in the fourth quarter, including the Paladins missing a 62-yard field goal as time expired. Rogan Wells was 22-of-33 passing for 386 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Western Carolina (3-6, 3-3 Southern). Wells also carried it 13 times for 91 yards and a score. TJ Jones added two rushing touchdowns, carrying it 13 times for 14 yards. Dominic Roberto scored four touchdowns on the ground, while rushing for 196 yards for Furman (4-5, 2-4). - AP College Football

(DS#28 QB) rSr/2022 QB Rogan WellsWestern Carolina
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  Rogan Wells threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, ran for a fifth and Western Carolina shot past Wofford 41-21 on Saturday. The Catamounts (2-6, 2-3 Southern Conference) built a 41-7 lead while keeping Wofford winless in conference play. The Terriers (1-7, 0-6) gained 299 yards on the ground but passed for just 35. Wofford has lost 11 straight in conference. Raphael Williams caught 16 passes for 177 yards and touchdown receptions of 9 and 27 yards for Western Carolina. Calvin Jones hauled in a 72-yard TD pass. Wofford scored twice in the last 7:35. Irvin Mulligan carried 12 times for 101 yards and a touchdown from the 1-yard line. David Legette added a 19-yard rushing score. Bryce Corriston and Kyle Pinnix were a combined 4-of-12 passing. Corriston was intercepted once and Pinnix threw an 11-yard touchdown to Wyatt Bartkowiak. - AP College Football

(DS#28 QB) rSr/2022 QB Rogan WellsWestern Carolina
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  Carlos Davis passed for a career-high 401 yards and three touchdowns, TJ Jones ran for 132 and two scores and Western Carolina beat The Citadel 45-31 on Saturday. The Catamounts (1-6, 1-3 Southern Conference) led 31-10 at halftime as Davis found Calvin Jones for seven yards, TJ Jones for 40 and Raphael Williams for 10. The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3) answered with a pair of touchdowns, the first coming after Western Carolina turned it over on its own 3, to close within a touchdown. Then TJ Jones, a transfer from Tusculum, scored on runs of 30 and 43 yards as the Catamounts regained control. Williams had 12 receptions for a career-high 147 yards for Western Carolina. Jaylan Adams and Darique Hampton combined for 197 yards passing for The Citadel with Raleigh Webb making four catches for a career-high 144 yards. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Carlos DavisWestern 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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  The Gulf South Conference will postpone competition in basketball, football, soccer, and volleyball until at least January 1. These sports are identified as high contact risk sports by the NCAA and are subject to significant testing requirements for all student-athletes and "inner bubble" personnel. All practice, strength and conditioning, team meetings, and other countable athletic related activities (CARA) shall be subject to NCAA rules, NCAA health and safety requirements, and institutional discretion. In the sports of football, soccer, and volleyball, the conference will evaluate options for spring competition that provide meaningful competition for these student-athletes. A spring season may not feature the use of traditional formats for regular season play or tournaments. - Gulf South Football

(DS#28 QB) rSr/2022 QB Rogan WellsWestern Carolina
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH THIRD TEAM: Cam McCutcheon, Gardner-Webb, Jr.,...McCutcheon has started 12 games already in two seasons - including 11 at cornerback in 2019. The Big South All-Academic selection led Gardner-Webb's defensive backs last season with 54 total stops (39 solo) and added three pass break ups. The Seneca, S.C., native remains one of the league's biggest cover men, standing at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds. - Gardner-Webb Football

(DS#999 CB) Sr/2022 CB Cameron McCutcheonWestern Carolina
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  2019 AFCA DIVISION II COACHES' FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: QB Rogan Wells, R-Jr., Valdosta St. (Ga.),...The Fort Mill, S.C., native, is 28-3 all-time as a starting quarterback for the Blazers as he went 10-1 this season and helped VSU to a 25-game winning streak dating back to 2017. Wells was the Harlon Hill runner-up a season ago and was named Most Valuable Player for the D2 National Championship as the Blazers won a 49-47 thriller over Ferris State last December. This season, Wells has continued his onslaught of the school and Gulf South Conference record books as he is eighth all-time in school history in rushing yards (1,932), fifth in rushing touchdowns (25), sixth in career completions (543), third in passing touchdowns (69) and second all-time in school history in total offense with 9,062 yards. He is tied for eighth all-time in GSC history in passing touchdowns and ninth in total offense, while his 88.5 completion percentage this season at Albany State is tenth all-time in GSC history and his 71.7 completion percentage for the season (213 of 297) is good for fourth in the GSC currently, while it is fourth nationally for 2019. - Valdosta State Football

(DS#28 QB) rSr/2022 QB Rogan WellsWestern 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

(DS#999 K) rSo/2023 K Julian PletzWestern Carolina
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  2019 ALL-GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Rogan Wells, Valdosta State, Jr., Fort Mill, S.C.,...Also earning his second-straight first team all-conference selection, Wells is fourth nationally in completion percentage this season at a .717 clip, while ranking 13th nationally in passing efficiency at 163.2, 23rd in completions per game at 19.00 and 17th in yards per pass attempt at 8.74 to lead the conference in each category. He is third in the league in passing yards (2,315) for 41st nationally, while ranking second in the conference in passing yards per game at a 231.5 clip for 33rd nationally.

Wells is second in the league and 38th nationally in points responsible for with 144. He is third in the league in rushing yards (680) and third in rushing yards per game (68.0). Wells is ninth nationally and leads the conference in total offense at 299.5 yards per game. He is 190 of 265 passing with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions on the year, while recording 80 carries for 680 yards and six touchdowns. - Valdosta State Football


(DS#28 QB) rSr/2022 QB Rogan WellsWestern Carolina
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  2019 GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Rogan Wells, Valdosta State,...Wells, the Blazers' redshirt junior quarterback, led them to an undefeated regular season and a second straight GSC Championship. He's thrown for 2,315 yards and 17 touchdowns, and he has a league-leading passer rating of 163.2. Wells also leads the GSC with a 71.2% completion percentage and is third in rushing with 680 yards. The 2018 Harlon Hill Trophy finalist has now been named GSC Offensive Player of the Year twice in his career. He is only the eighth player in league history to win the award back-to-back years. - Gulf South Conference Football

(DS#28 QB) rSr/2022 QB Rogan WellsWestern Carolina
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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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  Valdosta State and West Florida have qualified for the NCAA Division II Football Championship. Valdosta State earned its eighth GSC Football Championship this season, finishing the year undefeated. The Blazers' 25-game winning streak that extends back to 2017 is the longest in league history. This is the second straight year that the defending national champions are the top seed in Super Region 2. This is the fifth time in six years that VSU has advanced to the national postseason. Valdosta State has the fourth ranked total offense in the country, averaging 532.3 yards per game. Last year's Harlon Hill Trophy runner-up Rogan Wells had another remarkable year under center for the Blazers and will once again lead the playoff push. He ranks fourth in the country in completion percentage (71.7) and ninth in total offense (299.5 yards per game). As the top seed, Valdosta State has earned a bye, and will face the winner of the Wingate/West Florida matchup. The Argos will travel to Wingate and face the Bulldogs on Saturday, November 23. UWF also faced Wingate in the first round back in 2017, winning the contest 31-0. - Gulf South Football

(DS#28 QB) rSr/2022 QB Rogan WellsWestern Carolina
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