2021 FCS Season Preview: Western Carolina

CSJ Projected Finish: 9th

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.

Impact Players

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

Western Carolina

HomeTime/ResultsAwayVenueMatch Day TV/Streaming Highlights
E.J. Whitmire Stadium
Cullowhee, NC - -
Memorial Stadium (Oklahoma)
Norman, OK - -
E.J. Whitmire Stadium
Cullowhee, NC - -
Spangler Stadium
Boiling Springs, NC - -
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN - -
E.J. Whitmire Stadium
Cullowhee, NC - -
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Charleston, SC - -
Gibbs Stadium
Spartanburg, SC - -
E.J. Whitmire Stadium
Cullowhee, NC - -
E.J. Whitmire Stadium
Cullowhee, NC - -
Alumni Memorial Stadium
Lexington, VA - -
Paladin Stadium
Greenville, SC - -

Worst Case: The Catamounts go winless.

Best Case: The Catamounts shock a couple teams and win two games.