Western Carolina has really struggled the last half decade. They have one winning season in that time frame and haven’t won more than three games in any of the other seasons. The Catamounts played a few games in the fall alongside a spring season and went 1-8.
Though they’ve had some really good individual talents, the high level stats show the struggles that Western Carolina has endured. The last three seasons they have allowed 38, 39 and 41 points per game on average while going from 30 scored per game in 2018 to 19 to 18 over the last two seasons.
OL Tyler Smith is only a sophomore and has already made an impact on the offensive line. The run game is the lone bright spot for the Catamounts and Smith is a main reason why.
RB Mikai Stanley played last year as a freshman and was the #2 back for the Catamounts. He should now be the top option for the offense this year.
LB Ty Harris is the leader of the Catamount defense. Last season he led the team with 89 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.
Key Game: October 30 at The Citadel
Worst Case: The Catamounts go winless.
Best Case: The Catamounts shock a couple teams and win two games.
Jamie is a proud 2002 graduate of James Madison University. He’s witnessed the growth of the program from no one in the stands in 1998, to the hiring of Mickey Matthews, to the 2004 National Championship, to the 2008 team, to the struggles in the early 2010s, and finally the rebuild under Mike Houston. He also allegedly really enjoys Washington, DC-based Stanley Cup winners.
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