Tyler Junius, A.J. Newman, and Daniel Riddle honored
Four post perfect 4.0 GPAs
14 Catamounts additionally named All-SoCon by same publication
2017 (Senior): Started all 12 of the team’s games at linebacker … Capped his tremendous Catamount playing career with 94 total tackles, finishing third on the team … Had five-or-more tackles in every game during the season … Posted 33 solo stops and three tackles for loss with a sack, finishing the year with two double-digit tackle games including 10 at Gardner-Webb (Sept. 16) and 11 at Wofford (Oct. 7) … Intercepted his third career pass to seal the road victory over The Citadel (Nov. 4) … Recovered a fumble against Mercer (Nov. 11) … Voted a team captain before the season … Was selected to the 2017 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team … Named to the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
2016 (Redshirt Junior): Was limited to eight games with just one start due to injury, starting a linebacker in the season-finale at South Carolina (Nov. 19) ... Team Captain ... Finished with 36 total tackles including 19 solo stops ... Recorded a season-best nine tackles with seven solo stops in the regular season finale at South Carolina ... Selected to the 2016 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team and Named to the 2016-17 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 11 games in which he saw action at linebacker ... Led Western Carolina -- and the Southern Conference -- in tackles during the regular season, finishing with 129 tackles including 46 solo stops and three for losses ... Posted double-digit tackles in nine of WCU's 11 seasonal games and concluded the regular season seventh in the country in tackles per game (11.7) ... Posted five-or-more tackles in every game ... Matched his career-high with 18 tackles in the home win over Presbyterian (Oct. 2) ... Recorded a pair of interceptions including the first of his career against Samford (Oct. 24), returning the pick 46 yards ... Also had an interception at Texas A&M (Nov. 14) ... Collected first team All-Southern Conference honors from the media and second recognition from the league's head coaches ... Was a two-time SoCon Player of the Week and selected the top defensive player in October after tallying 67 tackles -- an average of 13.4 per game -- during the month ... Also garnered SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week honors, presented by General Shale ... Listed on the CFPA Defensive Watch List for top defensive player ... Named to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Was selected 2015 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference ... Credited with five tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 12 of the team’s games with nine starts at linebacker … Finished third on the team with 74 tackles including 35 solo stops and five tackles for 32 yards in losses … Was the highest ranking rookie defender in the SoCon, averaging 6.2 tackles per game … Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team … Twice finished with double-digit tackles … Recorded 1.5 sacks with a pair of pass break-ups … Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at USF (Aug. 30) … Made his first career start count, earning Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week and co-Freshman of the Week from The Sports Network against Catawba (Sept. 13) … Recorded a career-high 18 tackles including seven solo stops with three TFLs, a sack and two forced fumbles in earning the weekly plaudits … Posted an 11-tackle performance in the home win over Wofford (Oct. 11) … In late October, was added to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List for the nation’s top freshman … Named to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
2013 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year varsity letter winner and starter at Athens Drive High ... Led the Tri-9 Conference in tackles with over 360 including 65 tackles for loss and 13 sacks ... Named the Tri-9 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, recording 169 tackles and seven sacks as a senior ... Recorded two career receiving touchdowns and an interception ... Was a Tri-9 All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2010 ... Two-time Academic All-Conference.