CSN talks with assistant head coach Mark Rhea and a pair of defensive linemen in preview
2015 (Junior): Played in all 11 of the team's games with one start at defensive end coming against Presbyterian (Oct. 2) in his first collegiate start ... Finished with 23 tackles including six solo stops and half a tackle for loss recorded on a sack against Furman (Nov. 7) ... Credited with forcing a fumble in the road win at Wofford (Oct. 17) that led to WCU's opening touchdown.
2014 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 12 games as a reserve along the defensive line and special teams ... Finished with 19 tackles including six solo stops ... Recovered a fumble in the season-opener against USF (Aug. 30) ... Tallied a career-high six tackles in the second game of the year against Brevard (Sept. 6) ... Recorded three tackles in three separate games, vs. Catawba (Sept. 13), The Citadel (Oct. 25) and at Samford (Nov. 8) ... Playing for the Gold squad, credited with two tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2013 (Freshman): Played in 11 of the team's 12 games on the year, all as a reserve along the defensive front and on special teams ... Made his collegiate debut in the second game of the season at Virginia Tech, making his first career tackle against the ACC's Hokies ... Finished with 10 tackles including three solo stops in his freshman season ... Charted a then career-high two tackles in three different games - setting the career-best at Samford and matching it against Wofford and Elon at home ... Missed portions of spring drills due to illness.
Prior to Western Carolina: Earned All-Tri-Nine Conference accolades as a senior, garnering first team defense honors ... Selected as the Holly Springs High Defensive Player of the Year ... Played as a defensive lineman and linebacker as a prep ... Was named the overall MVP as a junior at the National Underclassmen combine held in Greensboro.
Personal: Full name is Daniel Lawrence Nash ... Is the son of Evelyn Worthy and step-father, Patrick Worthy ... Was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. ... Has an older brother, Michael Bayon Jr ... Is a member of the media ministry at his church, Wake Chapel, where he operates the boom camera during Sunday services.