Tyler Junius, A.J. Newman, and Daniel Riddle honored
The Summer Series Continues
CSN talks with assistant head coach Mark Rhea and a pair of defensive linemen in preview
WCU held first extended scrimmage of the 2015 preseason
2017 (Senior): Saw action in each of the team’s 12 games on the year with nine starts along the defensive line … Finished the season with 28 total tackles with 10 solo hits in 2017, ranking third among WCU’s defensive linemen … He matched his career-best five tackles twice on the year, posting five stops in the home win over Davidson (Sept. 9) and five stops against Mercer (Nov. 11) in his final home game … Selected to the 2017 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team … Named to the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
2016 (Junior): Played in 10 of the team's 11 seasonal games with eight starts along the defensive line ... Recorded 17 total tackles on the year including five solo stops and one tackle for loss ... Twice recorded five tackles in a game against The Citadel (Oct. 1) and at Furman (Nov. 12) ... Tallied one quarterback hurry at Furman ... Selected to the 2016 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team ... Credited with one tackle in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2015 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games with seven starts at defensive tackle ... Recorded 37 total tackles including nine solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss ... Had tackles in 10 of the 11 games on the season ... Posted a career-best six stops at Wofford (Oct. 17) ... Tallied a career-high one TFL both against Mars Hill (Sept. 5) and VMI (Nov. 21) to bookend the season ... Credited with a quarterback hurry ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2014 (Freshman): Saw action in nine of the team's 12 games, all as a reserve along the defensive front ... Recorded two tackles on the season, both assists ... Credited with a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery in his collegiate debut against Catawba (Sept. 13) ... Tallied his first tackle on the road at Mercer (Oct. 18) ... Named to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Playing for the Gold squad, was credited with three tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a four-year starter on both the offensive and defensive line ... Earned first team all-region offensive line for 8-AAAAA in Georgia as a senior ... Finished his senior season with 44.5 tackles including 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks ... High school coach was David Wagner.
Personal: Is the son of Joseph and Melinda Junius ... Has a brother, Joey, whom with he played high school football.