CSN talks with assistant coaches Dennis Thomas, Mark Rhea; players Helva Matungulu, Caleb Hawkins
2013 (Redshirt Freshman): 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): Redshirted.
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.