2018 (Redshirt Freshman): Converted to wide receiver during the off-season … Saw action in nine of the team’s 11 games at receiver and on special teams … Finished with six receptions for 55 yards including a long of 24 yards … Made his collegiate debut against Newberry (Sept. 1) in the season-opener … Caught a career-best two passes twice at Samford (Oct. 6) and Wofford (Nov. 10) … Caught his career-long reception of 24 yards in his lone catch at North Carolina (Nov. 17).
2017 (Freshman): Did not see game action, taking a redshirt.
Prior to Western Carolina: In two seasons as the starting quarterback, threw for 4,980 yards and 47 touchdowns in leading Cane Ridge High to a 20-4 record ... As a senior, completed 185-of-297 passes for a school single-season record 2,907 yards, setting a school benchmark with 28 touchdowns against seven interceptions, leading CRHS to an undefeated regular season, a Region 6-5A title and the program's first two playoff victories ... Collected Region 6-5A Offensive MVP plaudits, as well as all-region offensive player of the year honors ... Became the first player in CRHS history to receive the 2016 William E. Hume Award which is given annually to the top football player among Metro Nashville schools ... Also received the Hancock/Nipper football sportsmanship award from the Nashville City Civitan Club ... Was listed as a two-star athlete by 247Sports.com ... High school head coach was Eddie Woods.
Personal: Full name is Dakarai Jashaun Thorpe, but goes by "DJ" ... Is the son of Kalvanetta and William Thorpe ... Has a younger sister, Laiya.