CSN talks with assistant coach Chris Collins and several student-athletes in preview
Notes: Nominated for the 2016 Allstate / AFCA Good Works Team.
2015 (Junior): Started all 11 of the team's games at linebacker ... Finished second on the Catamount squad with 96 tackles, ranking seventh in the SoCon with an 8.7 tackle per game average ... Posted 43 solo stops and a team-best 10.5 tackles for loss -- a mark that ranked him tied for fourth in the SoCon ... Posted at least half a tackle for loss in nine of the team's 11 games ... Had a pair of sacks and three pass break-ups ... Forced and recovered a fumble on the season ... Finished with six-straight, double-digit tackle games ... Twice posted a season-high 13 tackles including at home against Presbyterian (Oct. 2) and Samford (Oct. 24) ... A career-high five of his 11 tackles at Wofford (Oct. 17) were for loss, finishing with 11 yards in losses ... Named second team All-Southern Conference by the league's voting media members ... Credited with a game-high nine tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2014 (Sophomore): Played in six of the team's 12 games with four starts at linebacker ... Missed six games -- four at mid-season and the final two of the year -- due to injury ... Recorded 44 tackles in six games with 17 solo stops and 3.0 tackles for loss ... Posted double-digit tackles twice including 10 against Brevard (Sept. 6) and a career-high 16 against The Citadel (Oct. 25) ... Averaged 7.3 tackles per game over the six outings in which he saw action ... Forced a fumble against Chattanooga (Nov. 1) and broke-up two passes.
2013 (Freshman): Saw action in 11 of WCU's 12 games on the season, missing the Auburn game ... Finished with 23 total tackles on the season including 14 solo stops and one tackle for loss and a pass break-up ... Tallied a then career-high six tackles including five solo stops against ACC-foe, Virginia Tech ... Posted his first career tackle for loss against Furman.
Prior to Western Carolina: Played in 22 games as a two-year varsity letter winner at Cedar Grove High ... As a senior, finished third on the team with 88 total tackles including 55 solo stops and seven tackles for loss ... Credited with two quarterback sacks ... Had 31 tackles during his junior season with 21 solo hits.
Personal: Is the son of Tyson Dickson and Terria Brown.