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WCU’s Richard McCollum Selected to Stats Perform FCS All-America


Western Carolina redshirt senior placekicker Richard McCollum added another All-America postseason honor to his litany of awards on Tuesday as he was selected to the third-team of the 2023 Stats Perform FCS All-America team, presented by FedEx Ground.

 

A first-team All-Southern Conference selection from the league’s head coaches and SoCon Sports Media Association (SCSMA), McCollum was dubbed a first-team All-America selection on the FCS Football Central collaboration and earned a fourth-team All-America selection by the Phil Steele publication. McCollum was also one of 10 finalists for this year’s Fred Mitchell Award given annually to the best placekicker at the NCAA FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA, and NJCAA levels.

 

McCollum was among 10 players from the Southern Conference to earn All-America plaudits from Stats Perform FCS. Mercer landed three players on the group’s All-America team with Furman and Chattanooga both putting two on the squad. WCU, ETSU, and The Citadel each had one selection among the three honorary teams.

 

Originally from Sanford, N.C., McCollum connected on 14-of-15 field goals (93.3%) and 51-of-52 PAT attempts in 2023 to finish the regular season with a team and SoCon-leading 93 points scored – the fourth-most by an individual in the FCS before the start of the playoffs. He was perfect on field goals inside of 34 yards with four successful kicks of 40+ plus yards. McCollum's lone misses on both field goals and PATs came in the rain in WCU's road win at Eastern Kentucky.McCollum kicked three-or-more PATs eight times during the high-scoring 2023 season including a career-best 11 PATs in WCU's 77-21 win over Charleston Southern back in September. Including the 11 points against CSU, McCollum posted double-digit points four times in 2023. He scored 12 points in the upset victory over No. 7/8 Samford with a trio of field goals from 23, 41, and 18 yards out. McCollum put 10 points on the board in WCU's win over No. 20/24 Chattanooga, connecting on seven PATs and most importantly the 32-yard walk-off game-winning field goal.

 

In his final career home game, he scored a career-best 16 points with seven PATs and three successful field goals from 32, 41, and 24 yards out in the home rivalry-game win over ETSU, earning the FedEx Ground National Special Teams Player of the Week honor from Stats Perform FCS. McCollum was a two-time SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week in 2023 giving him six during his collegiate career. Returning for his final season after testing the waters of the transfer portal following the 2022 season, McCollum closed his career in Cullowhee second all-time in program history with 300 career points, just two shy of matching record-holder Kirk Roach (1984-87), who was a three-time All-America selection. He finished his career 48-of-55 (87.3%) on field goals, third in WCU’s career record books behind Roach (71, 1984-87) and Dean Biasucci (57, 1980-83) for successful FGs while connecting on a school-record 87.5% of his career attempts.

 

Western Carolina football turns its attention to filling the remaining vacancies on its coaching staff and a focus on Wednesday’s early National Signing period, Dec. 20-22. Head coach Kerwin Bell has done a tremendous job in locking in the bulk of his first signing classes in the early period ahead of the traditional National Signing Day on the first Wednesday in February – this year, Feb. 7, 2024. Looking to capitalize on the momentum from the highly successful 2023 season, WCU will also look to officially release the squad's 2024 schedule and season ticket information in the coming weeks.

 

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2023 STATS PERFORM FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM, PRESENTED BY FEDEX GROUND

 

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Max Brosmer, New Hampshire, Jr., 6-2, 221

QB – Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State, Jr., 6-3, 225

RB – Isaiah Davis, South Dakota State, Sr., 6-1, 220

RB – Jaden Shirden, Monmouth, Jr., 5-9, 185

WR – Jalen Coker, Holy Cross, Sr., 6-3, 207 

WR – Ty James, Mercer, R-Sr., 6-2, 200

WR – Dymere Miller, Monmouth, Sr., 6-0, 180

TE – Cam Grandy, Illinois State, Sr., 6-3, 260

OL – Noah Atagi, Weber State, Sr., 6-6, 325

OL – Garret Greenfield, South Dakota State, R-Sr., 6-7, 320

OL – Jacob Johanning, Furman, R-Sr., 6-3, 276

OL – Jake Kubas, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-4, 308

OL – Mason McCormick, South Dakota State, R-Sr., 6-5, 315

OL – Marcus Wehr, Montana State, Jr., 6-4, 292

DEFENSE

DL – Terrell Allen, Tennessee State, Sr., 6-0, 275

DL – Ty French, Gardner-Webb, Sr., 6-3, 230

DL – Anton Juncaj, UAlbany, Sr., 6-3, 273

DL – Jay Person, Chattanooga, Sr., 6-3, 233

DL – David Walker, Central Arkansas, Jr., 6-3, 260

LB – Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, 5th Year, 6-0, 237

LB – Dylan Kelly, UAlbany, Sr., 6-2, 224

LB – Brock Mogensen, South Dakota, Sr., 6-2, 235

LB – Billy Shaeffer, Lafayette, Sr., 6-3, 232

LB – Winston Reid, Weber State, Sr., 6-1, 230

DB – Myles Harden, South Dakota, Jr., 6-0, 200

DB – Marcus Harris, Idaho, Jr., 5-11, 185

DB – PJ Jules, Southern Illinois, Sr., 6-1, 209 

DB – Lance Wise Jr., Mercer, Sr., 5-9, 195

DB – Cole Wisniewski, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-4, 217

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK – Kyle Ramsey, Abilene Christian, So., 6-2, 190

P – Aidan Laros, UT Martin, R-So., 6-2, 210

LS – AJ Covan, Gardner-Webb, Gr., 6-0, 220

KR – Donovan Wadley, Merrimack, So., 5-9, 180

PR – Kam Thomas, Austin Peay, R-So., 5-7, 174

AP – Dylan Laube, New Hampshire, Sr., 5-10, 208

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SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Cam Miller, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-1, 213

QB – Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Sr., 6-3, 216

RB – Jamar Curtis, Lafayette, So., 5-8, 164

RB – Sam Franklin, UT Martin, R-So., 5-10, 200

WR – Hayden Hatten, Idaho, R-Jr., 6-2, 205

WR – Chedon James, Idaho State, So., 5-8, 173

WR – Brandon Porter, UIW, Grad, 5-11, 190

TE – Carter Runyon, Towson, R-Jr., 6-6, 235

OL – Mark Barthelemy, Nicholls, Sr., 6-4, 310

OL – Mike Edwards, Campbell, Grad, 6-7, 355

OL – Josiah Ezirim, Eastern Kentucky, Sr., 6-6, 320

OL – Charles Grant, William & Mary, Sr., 6-4, 280

OL – Luke Newman, Holy Cross, Sr., 6-4, 310

OL – Gavin Olson, UT Martin, Sr., 6-4, 305

DEFENSE

DL – Daylan Dotson, UT Martin, Jr., 6-3, 255

DL – Brody Grebe, Montana State, Jr., 6-2, 248

DL – Alex Gubner, Montana, R-Sr., 6-3, 284

DL – Nate Lynn, William & Mary, Sr., 6-3, 255

DL – Eric O’Neill, LIU, So., 6-3, 250

LB – Micah Davey, McNeese, R-So., 6-2, 239

LB – Braxton Hill, Montana, Sr., 6-2, 225

LB – Jalyx Hunt, Houston Christian, Sr., 6-4, 248

LB – Isaiah Major, Florida A&M, Sr., 6-1, 230

LB – Tristan Wheeler, Richmond, R-Sr., 6-2, 228

DB – Maxwell Anderson, Weber State, Sr., 5-11, 170

DB – Sheldon Arnold II, ETSU, Jr., 6-1, 186

DB – Travis Blackshear, Furman, Grad, 5-11, 185

DB – Caleb Curtain, Elon, R-So., 6-1, 191

DB – Kenny Gallop Jr., Howard, Sr., 6-1, 214

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK – Matthew Cook, Northern Iowa, Sr., 5-11, 199

P – Aaron Trusler, Richmond, Sr., 5-8, 168

LS – Hunter Brozio, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-1, 233

KR – Taymon Cooke, North Carolina A&T, R-Sr., 6-0, 185

PR – Junior Bergen, Montana, Jr., 5-11, 180

AP – Devron Harper, Mercer, Sr., 5-9, 170

AP – LaDarius Owens, Texas Southern, Sr., 5-9, 180

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THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Mike DiLiello, Austin Peay, Grad, 6-1, 215

QB – Reese Poffenbarger, UAlbany, R-So., 6-0, 208

QB – Davius Richard, North Carolina Central, Sr., 6-3, 220

RB – Jevon Jackson, Austin Peay, R-So., 5-8, 200

RB – Lan Larison, UC Davis, Jr., 6-0, 195

RB – Jyran Mitchell, Butler, Grad, 6-0, 205

WR – Efton Chism III, Eastern Washington, Jr., 5-11, 200

WR – Raylen Sharpe, Missouri State, Jr., 5-9, 172

TE – Owen Glascoe, LIU, R-Sr., 6-4, 258

OL – Kiran Amegadjie, Yale, Sr., 6-5, 326

OL – Michael Corbi, Villanova, Grad, 6-3, 355

OL – C.J. Hanson, Holy Cross, 5th Year, 6-6, 305

OL – Jared Penning, Northern Iowa, R-Jr., 6-6, 338

OL – Torricelli Simpkins III, North Carolina Central, Jr., 6-5, 320

OL – Jalen Sundell, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-5, 300

DEFENSE

DL – Kristian Boyd, Northern Iowa, R-Sr., 6-4, 317

DL – Finn Claypool, Drake, R-So., 6-1, 232

DL – Thor Griffith, Harvard, Sr., 6-2, 320

DL – Steven Parker, UIW, Jr., 6-4, 265

DL – A.J. Simon, UAlbany, Sr., 6-1, 267

DL – Syrus Webster, Utah Tech, Jr., 6-4, 255

LB – Amir Abdullah, Illinois State, Jr., 6-3, 215

LB – Armon Bailey, Sacramento State, Sr., 6-1, 231

LB – Logan Blake, Eastern Kentucky, Grad, 6-2, 240

LB – Jason Freeman, South Dakota State, Sr., 5-9, 215

LB – Ozzie Nicholas, Princeton, Sr., 6-2, 225

LB – John Pius, William & Mary, Sr., 6-2, 235

DB – Cameron Broussard, Sacramento State, Jr., 6-3, 200

DB – Kameron Brown, Chattanooga, Sr., 5-8, 178

DB – Aamir Hall, UAlbany, Jr., 6-1, 201

DB – Tyler Morton, Nicholls, Jr., 5-10, 165

DB – Blake Ruffin, Eastern Illinois, R-So., 6-4, 205

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK – Richard McCollum, Western Carolina, R-Sr., 5-9, 175             

P – Brendan Hall, Montana State, Jr., 6-9, 232

LS – Steely Judy, The Citadel, Sr., 5-9, 215

KR – Abraham Williams, Weber State, Jr., 6-1, 180

PR – Brandon Codrington, North Carolina Central, Sr., 5-9, 185

AP – Sean Chambers, Montana State, Sr., 6-3, 221

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