Bowl game to be played Jan. 20, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif., LIVE on FS1
Two named FCS All-America, one to Sophomore All-America team
14 Catamounts additionally named All-SoCon by same publication
WCU lands two players on the coaches’ team for the first time
WCU senior running back tabbed as an all-purpose back
Western Carolina vs. UNC photos: USA Today Sports Images
Western Carolina football snapped a seven-game road losing skid with a 42-27 win at Gardner-Webb on Saturday night.
Nov. 19, 2016
Western Carolina at Texas A&M
Western Carolina at Tennessee
2017 (Senior): Despite missing three games due to injury, still became the first Catamount running back in program history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for a third-straight season … Amassed 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground … Rushed for 100+ yards five times … Newsome’s seasonal rushing average of 122.2 yards per game led the SoCon, while his 1,100 yards left him among the national top 10 at the close of the regular season despite at least one fewer game played than those ahead of him on the list ... As an all-purpose back, Newsome paced the NCAA FCS for a second-straight season, averaging 170.67 all-purpose yards per game … Was a two-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Week, collecting the honor after rushing for a school-record 288 yards and three touchdowns in the home-opening win over Davidson (Sept. 9) and again after posting 197 yards and a TD in a road win at The Citadel (Nov. 4) … Named first team All-Southern Conference by both the coaches and the media … Selected to six All-America post-season teams including first team as an all-purpose back by STATS FCS, the AFCA, and HERO Sports; second team nod from College Sports Madness and Phil Steele on both offense and as a specialist; and third team plaudits from the Associated Press … Invited to participate in the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl … Appeared on the initial Walter Payton Award Watch List for the FCS Offensive Player of the Year ... Tabbed second team preseason All-America by STATS FCS ... Selected preseason first team All-FCS by Lindy's Sports ... Tabbed preseason first team All-Southern Conference at running back and as return specialist by the league's head coaches.
2016 (Junior): Started all 11 games on the year at running back ... Posted his second-consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, finishing with 1,031 yards on 156 carries with 10 rushing touchdowns ... Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark four times during the 2016 season including a career-best - and WCU single-game record - 277 yards and two touchdowns against Chattanooga (Oct. 28) ... Matched a WCU record with a 95-yard touchdown run against UTC, matching a record set by Brett Chappell (vs. Elon, 1995) ... Rushed for 148 yards in the home win over Gardner-Webb (Sept. 10), 111 in the home win over VMI (Nov. 5), and rushed a season-high 21 times for 115 yards and a score at SEC-foe, South Carolina (Nov. 19) ... Finished as the NCAA FCS Football individual season champion for all-purpose yards, amassing a Southern Conference record 2,343 all-purpose yards to lead three of the four NCAA football divisions ... Was a three-time post-season All-America selection including first team All-America from the Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and a second team FCS All-America selection by STATS ... Named second team All-Southern Conference by the league head coaches at running back and return specialist ... Selected All-SoCon at running back by the league's voting media ... Named Western Carolina's 2016-17 A-CAT-EMY Awards Male Athlete of the Year ... Earned SoCon Offensive Player of the Week as well as honorable mention STATS FCS National Player of the Week on Oct. 31 ... Named STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week after amassing a school-record 365 all-purpose yards (third-most in SoCon history) including a school and SoCon-record 240 kickoff return yards that featured a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at South Carolina (Nov. 19) ... Selected as a team captain by his teammates as a junior ... Rushed eight times for 23 yards and two touchdowns in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2015 (Sophomore): Started nine of the 11 games in which he saw action ... Named first team All-Southern Conference by both the league's head coaches and voting media ... Became just the ninth Catamount running back since 1967 -- and the first since Darius Fudge in 2006 -- to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a season, posting the fourth-best total in single-season in school history with 1,109 yards on the ground ... Rushed for over 100 yards six times on the year ... Led the Southern Conference in rushing, the only back to average over 100-yards on the ground (100.8 yds/gm), and finished the regular season ranked 10th in the nation in rushing ... Closed the season by matching a career-long streak with his third-consecutive, 100-yard rushing performance at VMI (Nov. 21), by-passing the 1,000-yard mark in the second quarter of the road victory ... Twice rushed for over 100 yards against teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with 128 yards at Tennessee (Sept. 19) and 111 yards at Texas A&M (Nov. 14) ... Led Western Carolina in scoring with 72 points, tallying 12 touchdowns including nine on the ground and the first three TD receptions of his career to accompany 281 receiving yards ... Scored TDs in all but one game on the year (Furman, Nov. 7) ... Adding in 389 yards on kickoff returns, averaged a SoCon-leading 161.7 all-purpose yards per game, ending the regular season sixth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) ... Collected SoCon Offensive Player of the Week in early October following a 237 all-purpose yard performance that included a career-high 189 rushing yards in the win over Presbyterian (Oct. 2).
2014 (Freshman): Saw action in all 12 games in the offensive backfield ... Ranked third on the team with 488 rushing yards while pacing the Catamounts with nine rushing touchdowns ... Racked up 1,311 all-purpose yards including 689 yards on 26 kickoff returns including one for a touchdown ... Was second in the SoCon in kickoff return average (26.5 yds/gm) ... Finished the year ranked third in the SoCon in all-purpose yards, averaging 109.3 yards per game ... Recorded two touchdowns in a game five times as a freshman, ranking second on the team with 60 points scored ... Named second team All-Southern Conference by both the league's head coaches and media as a return specialist on special teams and was also selected to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team both on offense and special teams ... Recorded a career-high 207 all-purpose yards in a home win over Brevard (Sept. 6) with 99 on kickoff returns, 88 on the ground and 20 through the air ... Garnered SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week plaudits after returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the home win over Wofford (Oct. 11), finishing with 180 all-purpose yards ... Collected SoCon Freshman of the Week honors after compiling 154 all-purpose yards with 123 yards rushing and two TDs against The Citadel ... Playing for the Gold squad, rushed 11 times for 33 yards and caught a pass for 14 yards in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2013 (Freshman): Joined the WCU football team for spring drills ... Led all running backs with 39 yards on 14 carries, fumbling once during WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Named the Southeastern 4-A co-Offensive Player of the Year by the Fayetteville Observer, tallying all-conference accolades ... According to NCPreps.com, rushed for over 2,000 yards on over 240 carries with 37 touchdowns as a senior ... Recorded 402 yards on the ground on 20 rushes for an average of 20.1 yards per carry, scoring six touchdowns in the 2012 season-opener against Wilmington Ashley HS ... It was the 23rd time a 400-plus yard game had been reported to the NCHSAA ... Also ran track & field as a prep.
Personal: Full name is Jermine Detrez Newsome ... Is the son of Yolanda Newsome.