GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman Paladins return home and to Southern Conference play this Saturday when the Western Carolina Catamounts pay a visit to Paladin Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. clash that will highlight Family Weekend at Furman University.
The contest will be televised over the newly formed American Sports Network, part of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which features stations in several states, including WMYI (My40) in the Upstate and western North Carolina. For a complete list of affiliates carrying the game, click here.
Darren Goldwater will deliver the televised play-by-play action and Corey Miller color commentary.
Saturday's game will be radio broadcast over the Furman IMG Sports Network headed up by flagship station WGOG 96.3/Walhalla and FoxSports 1440/Greenville. It will also be available via stadium transmitter (frequency TBA) and audio streamed via TuneIn.com, which is also accessible through FurmanPaladins.com
Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins", is set to call the play-by-play alongside color analyst Corey Stewart. The sideline reporter is David Cobb.
Live stats for the Furman-Western Carolina contest will be provided through FurmanPaladins.com
Furman (2-2, 1-0 SoCon) returns home following a three-game road stretch that ended with stinging losses to Presbyterian (10-7) and South Carolina State (17-7) the last two weeks. The Paladins opened the season at home with a 13-3 win over Gardner-Webb on Aug. 30 and kicked off SoCon play the following week with a 25-20 road victory at Mercer before dropping their last two.
Idle last week, Western Carolina (2-1, 0-0) comes to Greenville having won its last two outings after opening the 2014 campaign with a 36-31 loss to South Florida.
The Paladins downed the Catamounts, 32-20, last year in Cullowhee and have won eight straight and 15 of the last 16 meetings in the series, which Furman leads 29-10-2. In Greenville the Paladins' run of success against Western Carolina spans nine games dating back to 1996.
To extend its streak against Western Carolina, Furman will have to solve some issues on an offensive unit that has scored only seven points in the last seven quarters of action.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Dillon Woodruff has thrown for 574 yards and two touchdowns since taking over for the injured Reese Hannon late in the second half of the Gardner-Webb game. He will be assisted by senior running back Hank McCloud, who needs just 35 yards on Saturday to become the 12th player in Furman history to rush for 2,000 yards.
The Paladins' top receivers include wideout Jordan Snellings (19 rec., 205 yds., 1 TD), tight end Duncan Fletcher (17 rec., 202 yds.), who is coming off an eight-reception performance against S.C. State, and wide receiver Andrej Suttles (12 rec., 158 yds.)
Furman has posted the SoCon's best defensive numbers over the first month of the season, but the challenge to maintain the excellence will grow as the Paladins move into a tougher portion of the schedule. Junior linebacker Cory Magwood, who is coming off a 17-tackle performance against S.C. State, leads the SoCon with 49 tackles, and senior defensive end Gary Wilkins (22 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks) headlines a Paladin defense that sports a league best 14 sacks.
Furman lost its leading tackler, junior All-SoCon linebacker Carl Rider, to a season ending injury against Mercer, but his replacement, Byron Johnson (19 tackles, 2 TFL) has performed well, as have senior nickel back Marcus McMorris (29 tackles, 2 TFL, INT) and sophomore free safety Trey Robinson (20 tackles, 3 PBU).
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information