Western Carolina’s Darius Ramsey ends career because of concussion issues

Darius Ramsey (Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations)

Senior tailback Darius Ramsey has elected to end his playing career with the Western Carolina football team due to concussion-related issues. After consulting with medical personnel this week, Ramsey and his family decided it was in his best long-term interests to conclude his playing career.

WCU-Mercer-game-facts“I just want to thank my family, my teammates and coaches, as well as our supporters that have helped me through this difficult situation,” said Ramsey.

Upon hearing the news of his playing career ending, Western Carolina’s team captains unanimously decided to add Ramsey as an honorary captain for the remainder of the 2015 football season. WCU head coach Mark Speir commented that Ramsey will also remain with the team as a student assistant coach.

“Darius Ramsey has been and remains a big part of our football family,” said Speir. “He has been a cornerstone and part of our foundation in us turning this program around. He was a part of our first recruiting class here at WCU, and when times have been tough, he’s always been there for this team.”

Ramsey only played in three games during his senior campaign in 2015, rushing for two touchdowns in the season-opening victory over Mars Hill. The Waco, N.C., native finishes his career with 14 rushing scores, gaining 1,907 career yards on the ground. He added 63 receptions out of the Catamount backfield for 428 yards and a touchdown which was scored in the 2013 season.

Ramsey came into his senior year riding momentum from a banner year as a junior. Last fall, Ramsey amassed a career-best 903 yards of offense including career highs in rushing (763 yds., six TDs) and receiving (140 yds.). He collected the first weekly honor of his career after scoring a career-best three touchdowns in the home victory over Brevard. Following the season, he picked up second team All-Southern Conference plaudits.

All told, Ramsey amassed 2,476 all-purpose yards during his three-plus years for the Purple & Gold.

Off the field, Ramsey epitomizes the term “student-athlete.” He is a three-time Southern Conference Honor Roll recipient and has garnered Fall Academic All-SoCon plaudits in both of the years in which he was eligible in 2013 and 2014.

Last season, Ramsey was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), which made him eligible for the national award. In mid-December of 2014, Ramsey was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football team by CoSIDA, becoming just the fourth Catamount football player to earn the distinction all-time – and the first since 2003. He joined Jason Whaley (2003), Eddie Maddox (1st team in 1984, 2nd team in 1985) and Mike Wade (2nd team in 1975, 1st team in 1976).

Earlier this year, Ramsey was selected as a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and a candidate for the 2015 National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments.

Ramsey is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for financial information students and professionals, as well as Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Majoring in accounting through the WCU College of Business, Ramsey boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.489, and is on-pace to graduate from Western Carolina in May 2016.

Story courtesy Western Carolina Athletics. Photo courtesy Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations