Josh Wineberg, a junior from West Jefferson, N.C., was among nine Western Carolina University players to earn preseason all-Southern Conference honors on Wednesday in Spartanburg, S.C., on Media Day.




Wineberg returns as one of the most experienced offensive linemen for the Catamounts. Through his first two seasons, he has started all 22 games of his career, missing just one contest.


Wineberg was named the 2011 Mountain Valley 1A-2A Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year after recording 75 tackles, including 19 for loss and six quarterback sacks his senior year at Ashe County High School. He also had four pass break-ups, forced two fumbles and blocked three kicks.


Wineberg earned all-MVAC honors both on offense and defense as a senior, leading Ashe County to the school's ninth-consecutive state playoff berth. He was named all-Northwestern Region on offensive and defensive line - the only player to do so in the region by the Winston-Salem Journal, and he led the region in sacks .


He was a three-time all-conference selection, amassing over 279 career tackles . Wineberg was a two-sport athlete at Ashe County, adding an individual conference championship in wrestling, and a Class 2A state title his senior year.


Wineberg earned all-conference honors twice during his prep career, and he was also a two-time state qualifier. He won the title in the heavyweight division and posted a 44-1 record his senior year, which included a 40-match winning streak. Wineberg was 136-18 during his career with the Huskies.


Team-wise, Western Carolina was picked to finish fifth in both the coaches and media polls. The Catamounts return 20 starters for 2014, which marks the third year under head coach Mark Speir. Chattanooga was the preseason favorite to win the SoCon title.




2014 Southern Conference Football

Preseason All-Conference Teams

Offensive Player of the Year: Jacob Huesman, Jr., QB, Chattanooga

Defensive Players of the Year: Davis Tull, Sr., DL, Chattanooga


First Team Offense

QB Jacob Huesman, Jr., QB, Chattanooga

RB Hank McCloud, Sr., Furman

RB Keon Williams, Sr., Chattanooga

OL Charles Emert, Sr., Furman

OL Gunnar Bromelow, Jr., Samford

OL Synjen Herren, Jr., Chattanooga

OL Josh Wineberg, Jr., Western Carolina

OL T.J. Chamberlin, Jr., Wofford

TE Faysal Shafaat, Sr., Chattanooga

WR Andrej Suttles, So., Furman

WR Karnorris Benson, Jr., Western Carolina


First Team Defense

DL Justin Oxendine, Sr., The Citadel

DL Gary Wilkins, Sr., Furman

DL Davis Tull, Sr., Chattanooga

DL Tarek Odom, Sr., Wofford

LB Carl Robinson, Sr., The Citadel

LB Marcus McMorris, Sr., Furman

LB Carl Rider, Jr., Furman

DB Reggie Thomas, Jr., Furman

DB James Bradberry, Jr., Samford

DB Jaquiski Tartt, Sr., Samford

DB Sertonuse Harris, Jr., Western Carolina


First Team Specialists

PK Warren Handrahan, So., Samford

P Greg Peranich, Sr., Samford

RS Shaun Warren, Sr., Western Carolina


Second Team Offense

QB Reese Hannon, Jr., Furman

RB Darius Ramsey, Jr., Western Carolina

RB Will Gay, Jr., Wofford

OL Joe Turner, Jr., Furman

OL C.H. Scruggs, Jr., Samford

OL Corey Levin, So., Chattanooga

OL Andrew Marcotte, Sr., VMI

OL Anton Wahrby, So., Wofford

TE Tony Philpot, Jr., Samford

WR Karel Hamilton, So., Samford

WR Terryon Robinson, So., Western Carolina


Second Team Defense

DL Ira McCune, Sr., Furman

DL Jerry Mathis, Sr., Samford

DL Josh Freeman, Jr., Chattanooga

DL Derrick Lott, Sr., Chattanooga

LB Bobby Wilson, Jr., Samford

LB Christon Gill, Sr., Western Carolina

LB Kevin Thomas, Sr., Wofford

DB Trey Robinson, So., Furman

DB Ace Clark, Sr., Western Carolina

DB Chris Armfield, So., Wofford

DB Bernard Williams, Sr., Wofford


Second Team Specialists

PK Richard Sigmon, Sr., Western Carolina

P Nick Pollard, Sr., Chattanooga

RS Will Gay, Jr., Wofford


NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.




2014 SoCon Football Preseason Coaches Poll

School (First-place votes) Points

1. Chattanooga (6) 48

2. Furman (1) 40

Samford (1) 40

4. Wofford 30

5. Western Carolina 24

6. The Citadel 22

7. Mercer 10

VMI 10


NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams



2014 SoCon Football Preseason Media Poll

School (First-place votes) Points

1. Chattanooga (29) 235

2. Furman (1) 203

3. Samford 174

4. Wofford 155

5. Western Carolina 105

6. The Citadel 103

7. Mercer 67

8. VMI 38