October 31, 2020

UWG Opens Football Season at Catawba College

(Carrollton, GA/uwgsports.com) — The 2015 season is finally here, as the anticipation has reached a fever pitch in Carrollton after a banner year for the West Georgia Wolves in the first year under head coach Will Hall.

The Wolves begin the 2015 season with a trip to Salisbury, NC on Saturday afternoon, with kickoff for the 2015 season set to commence at 1:30 p.m. versus the Catawba College Indians.

rp_primary__MG_1187• Year One of the Will Hall Era at the University of West Georgia was a huge hit, and Wolves’ football is now the talk of Carrollton, GA, as UWG opens the 2015 season in an unfamiliar spot historically. The Wolves are a consensus top-10 team, ranked as high as 2nd by Lindy’s and as low as 8th by the Sporting News in the preseason polls. The Wolves were ranked 3rd by the D2Football.com media poll and 4th by the American Football Coaches Association in those preseason rankings.

• After finishing tied for 3rd in the Gulf South Conference in 2014, but reaching the NCAA Semifinals, Hall and his squad also earned the eye of the GSC coaches, as the Wolves were picked to win the conference, earning all but one first-place vote in the poll.  Three of West Georgia’s six preseason All-Gulf South Conference performers were selected unanimously, with defensive end Alex Armah, punter James Dugan and center Harley Vaughan earning those accolades.

• West Georgia is coached by Will Hall, who is in his second season at West Georgia. He has an overall record of 37-14 in his fifth year as a head coach. He has now made the NCAA Playoffs in three of his four years as a head coach and Hall has a 4-3 record in the playoffs. The head coach at Catawba is Curtis Walker, who has a 12-10 record in two years in Salisbury.

• The UWG offense had the bulk of the 2015 preseason All-GSC honorees among West Georgia players, led by Vaughan, who started every game as a redshirt freshman in 2014 at left tackle. The coaching staff moved the freshman to center in spring practice, where he is projected to be the starter this season. Joining him is guard Orion Awa-Dubose, a Second Team All-GSC honoree last season.

• The third offensive performer who is preseason All-GSC for the Wolves is receiver Shaq Hall, who led UWG with 56 receptions for 795 yards and six touchdowns last season. He is the leading active receiver for West Georgia and needs 205 yards to become the 14th player in school history with 1,000 yards receiving.

• Junior defensive end Alex Armah is set to be a leader along with senior safety Carlos Hutton in 2015, as the pair were the defensive honorees in the preseason All-GSC team. Armah was second team last season 64 tackles last season, including 14.5 for a loss and seven sacks. He was 12th in the league in the sacks category and tackles for loss a year ago. Hutton was tied for second in the GSC in interceptions with four in 2014 and was named a Third Team All-American.

Photo: Rickey Stilley/uwgsports.com

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