Four Catamounts graduate with honors; three received graduate degrees
The 2017 NFL Draft is set for April 26-29
Newsome, Young combined for four TDs; 10-point game midway through the fourth
2016 (Senior): Started all 11 games in which he saw action between both the defensive line and as a linebacker in select schemes ... Recorded 50 total tackles including 27 solo stops and five tackles for loss accumulating 17 yards in losses with one sack ... Credited with three quarterback hurries ... Posted six solo stops including two for loss against ETSU (Sept. 17) at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Tallied a career-high 11 tackles against the run-oriented The Citadel (Oct. 1) ... Recovered three fumbles on the year ... Named to the 2016-17 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (Junior): Saw action in 11 games, making his first collegiate start at SEC-foe, Tennessee ... Finished with 30 tackles including 16 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss coming on 1.5 sacks ... Recorded four-or-more tackles five times including posting a career-best five stops at The Citadel (Sept. 12) ... Posted a career-best tackle for loss against Mercer (Oct. 10) ... Scooped up a fumble recovery at Texas A&M (Nov. 14), returning it 11 yards for his first career touchdown ... Credited with one quarterback hurry ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2014 (Sophomore): Saw action in each of WCU’s 12 games as a defensive reserve and on special teams … Recorded 10 tackles including five solo stops with one tackle for loss coming as a part of a then career-high four tackles and a quarterback hurry against Catawba (Sept. 13) … Tallied a pass break-up against The Citadel (Oct. 25) … Playing for the Gold squad, credited with four tackles including a sack in WCU’s annual Spring Game.
2013 (Freshman): Played in all 12 games as a defensive reserve ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener against Middle Tennessee State ... Credited with five tackles including three solo stops ... Made his first career tackle against Wofford ... Finished with a career-high two tackles against Appalachian State in the season finale ... Credited with a game-high seven tackles for the Purple Squad in WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Helped guide Porter Ridge High to the NCHSAA football finals two-straight seasons as the Western Region champion ... Playing as a defensive end, recorded 90 total tackles including 20 for loss as a senior as a part of earning the Southern Carolina Conference Defensive Player of the Year accolades ... Credited with 10 quarterback sacks, 21 QB hurries, four fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown and one interception ... Was selected to the first team defense on the Charlotte Observer All-Area team ... Had 68 total tackles as a junior with 10.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries.
Personal: Full name is Avery Maurice Worsham ... Is the son of Antonio and Latonja Worsham ... Has an older sister, Kayla, who serves in the United States Army.