2012 (Freshman): Saw action in all 11 games with five appearances among the starting lineup ... Finished with 22 total tackles including 12 solo stops and 3.5 tackles for 12 yards in losses ... Also recorded 1.5 quarterback sacks ... Both forced and recovered a fumble, pouncing on a loose football in the opener against Mars Hill and jarring the ball loose at nationally-ranked Wofford ... Tallied a career-high eight tackles including three solo stops against Appalachian State ... Credited with a pass break-up, swatting a pass at the line of scrimmage ... Forced the game's only turnover in WCU's annual Spring Game, knocking the football loose downfield after an inside completed pass.
Prior to Western Carolina: Helped guide Northern Guilford to a both a Mid-State 3-A Conference championship and North Carolina 3-AA state championship as a senior, boasting a 14-1 record ... Northern Guilford won the title game, 31-6, over Crest HS ... Finished with 99 total hits including 71 solo stops and 12 sacks ... Also broke up two passes, forced and recovered three fumbles for 25 yards of return while blocking three kicks including two field goals and a punt ... Named All-Mid-State 3-A Conference as well as to the first team All-Area defense by the Greensboro News & Record ... Also played basketball as a prep where he was selected to participate in the Carolina Challenge.
Personal: Full name is John Christopher McBeth ... Is the son of Lynette McBeth.