Cullowhee, N.C. - Three Catamount football players were among those recognized by HERO Sports following the 2017 season as the website selected its postseason honors. Senior running back Detrez Newsome again graced another All-America first team as an all-purpose back, while redshirt junior punter Ian Berryman was listed on the third team.
In addition, WCU redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyrie Adams was an honorable mention as HERO Sports selected its Sophomore All-America team. Last season, Berryman graced the same second-year player squad, while Adams was on the HERO Sports Freshman All-America listing at the end of 2016.
Newsome continued to garner recognition, collecting postseason All-America honors from the sixth publication following the 2017 season, while Berryman received his fourth honor since the close of the season.
Newsome became the first Catamount running back to collect three, 1,000-yard rushing seasons, capping his senior campaign in 2017 with 1,100 yards on the ground in nine games. He paced the SoCon in rushing average at 122.2 yards per game -- a mark that ranked him fourth in the NCAA FCS, while also leading both the league and the nation in all-purpose yards per game at 170.67 yards per game. Newsome was twice honored as the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week during the season.
A product of Raeford, N.C., Newsome finished his collegiate career ranked second in WCU history with 3,728 rushing yards while matching the program record with 37 rushing touchdowns. With 46 career scores, Newsome finished as WCU's touchdown leader in his career.
Berryman ranked second in the Southern Conference in punting average at the end of the 2017 season, boasting a 44.45 yard per punt average on 58 total punts -- the third-best, single-season average in school history. It was the second-straight season that Berryman finished among the national leaders in punting average, landing inside the national top five for the second time in as many seasons.
Berryman enters his senior season ranked eighth in WCU program history with 168 career punts including 50 of 50-or-more yards over the last three seasons. The Marietta, Ga., native has averaged 44.33 yards per punt, the top average in program history.
Adams, the 2016 SoCon Freshman of the Year, was solid in his encore season. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native closed his second year second in the SoCon in total offense at 253.3 yards per game, while also amassing the second-most yards of total offense in the league at 3,040 -- just the second Catamount to surpass 3,000 in a season. Adams accounted for 24 total touchdowns including a career-high 22 passing scores, adding a pair of rushing TDs.
Adams was a three-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Week during the season, while also collecting SoCon Offensive Player of the Month honors in September for a second-consecutive year after accounting for 12 touchdowns including 11 through the air in the month.