CSN talks with coaches Dennis Thomas and Mark Rhea and four linemen
Catamounts hold second scrimmage of spring drills
WCU scheduled to practice twice on Thursday
Western Carolina at Tennessee
2014 (Junior): Played in 11 of the team’s 12 games, twice starting along the defensive line against both Chattanooga and Samford … Recorded five tackles with three solo stops and half a tackle for loss … Recorded a career-high two tackles against Chattanooga (Nov. 1) … Named to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll … Playing for the Gold squad, recorded two tackles in WCU’s annual Spring Game.
2013 (Sophomore): Saw action in 11 of Western Carolina's 12 seasonal games as a reserve on the defensive line and on special teams ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Middle Tennessee State, tallying a tackle assist ... Credited with two tackles on the year including a solo stop at Samford ... Missed WCU's annual Spring Game due to illness.
2012 (Freshman): Did not see game action.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year All-Central Carolina Conference selection ... Earned All-County and was tabbed the offensive player of the year runner-up as a senior ... Named to the East-West All-Star game ... Also threw the shot put in track & field as a prep, earning all-conference in the event as a sophomore and junior.
Personal: Full name is Avery Dylan Sluder ... Is the son of Darrell and Christy Sluder ... Has one younger sibling, Drake ... Was born in Buffalo, N.Y.