Detrez Newsome leads NCAA in rushing, all-purpose yards
Detrez Newsome eclipsed the 3,000 yard rushing mark with 146 rushing yards in road win
Offense thriving early in 2017 for the Catamounts
2016 (Redshirt Sophomore): Appeared in all 11 seasonal games as the starting punter ... Finished the season with a WCU single-season record punting average at 44.9 yards per punt -- a mark which ranked second in the SoCon and put him fourth nationally ... Punted a combined 52 times for 2,335 yards with 19 punts of 50-or-more yards including a season-long boot of 64 yards twice, against The Citadel (Oct. 1) and at Mercer (Oct. 15) ... Downed 18 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line with just four touchbacks ... Carried the football 19 yards on a fake punt at ETSU (Sept. 17) ... Booted five kicks of 50-plus yards twice against The Citadel and at Samford (Oct. 22) ... Named first team All-Southern Conference by the league's head coaches and second team All-SoCon from the voting media ... Selected to the HERO Sports 2016 FCS Sophomore All-America team ... Named to the 2016 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team ... Named to the 2016-17 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll ... Boomed two punts of 50+ yards, averaging 53.5 yards per kick to lead the specialists in WCU's annual Spring Game ... Split the uprights on three PATs while also connecting on a 31-yard field goal.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in all 11 games for the Catamounts as the starting punter ... Punted 58 times for 2,534 yards, averaging 43.7 yards per kick -- the second-best average in the SoCon and eighth nationally ... Booted 14 punts of 50-or-more yards ... Downed 22 of his 58 kicks inside the opponent 20-yard line with just five touchbacks ... First career punt came against Mars Hill (Sept. 5), punting five times in the game with all five downed inside the Lions' 20-yard line ... Punted a career-high 10 times at Tennessee (Sept. 19) ... Crested 60-yards on punts three-times including a career-long boot of 65 yards against Samford (Oct. 24) ... Named first team All-Southern Conference by the league's head coaches and second team All-SoCon by the voting media ... Was also selected to the SoCon All-Freshman team ... Was a national finalist for the STATS FCS Freshman of the Year ... Was a second team All-America selection by College Sports Madness ... Listed on the College Sporting News "Fabulous FIfty" All-America squad as a punter ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2014 (Freshman): Redshirted.
Prior to Western Carolina: Though he played predominantly at the punter position, also has experience as a wide receiver and quarterback as a prep ... Was a first team all-region selection as a punter as a senior, also earning second team all-state plaudits from the Cedrick Oglesby Kicking Academy ... Ranked fourth on Kornblue Kicking's Fab Top 50 Punters rankings ... Also played soccer as a prep for a ranked Fellowship Christian boys program.
Personal: Intends to major in athletic training.