Sluggish start dooms WCU in home and SoCon opener
Offense scores nine TDs, two field goals; defense recovers two fumbles
2012 (Junior): Appeared in all 11 games as a reserve along the defensive line ... Recorded 16 tackles including four solo stops and 1.5 tackles for six yards in losses ... Posted a season-high three tackles twice against both Georgia Southern and Chattanooga at home ... Tallied a quarterback sack against ninth-ranked Wofford.
2011 (Sophomore): Played in nine games, all coming as a reserve along the defensive line or on special teams ... Finished with nine tackles including four solo stops and one tackle for a loss ... Posted a season-high four stops including the TFL at nationally-ranked Appalachian State ... Both forced and recovered a fumble to go along with three tackles including a quarterback sack for a safety in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2010 (Freshman): Saw action in seven games, all coming in succession during the second half of the season ... Recorded two tackles with assists at The Citadel and against Georgia Southern ... Made the transition from linebacker to defensive lineman during spring drills.
Prior to Western: Was a three-sport standout who amassed an impressive total of 20 awards and honors in football, basketball and track including Best Linebacker, Spartanburg Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week and All-Region in football; Most Valuable Player, Coaches Award and Leading Rebounder in basketball; and All-State in track ... Listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com ... In his final two seasons on the gridiron, accounted for 257 total hits including 134 tackles as a senior ... Was selected as a 2009 Carolina Panthers Community Captain which recognizes high school football student-athletes in North and South Carolina who excel in the classroom, in the community and on the field ... Was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Spartanburg High School's Black History Club and was also selected to attend the Palmetto Boys State at USC in Columbia.
Personal: Is the son Sherrell Whitmire ... Has one sibling, Kemesha.