#21 | Raeford, NC | 5092 | 210 | 4.56 | 2018
A powerful, violent, hard-charging runner who plays well to contact, utilizes an effective stiff arm and demonstrates a compact style of running. He shows explosiveness and burst through the hole, natural instincts and great vision, as he has been a constant carving up opposing defenses. He possesses a thick build and the speed needed to run away from would be tacklers, as well as the strength to run right through them. He flashed great acceleration when he ran away from the entire Tennessee defense in 2015 as a sophomore. He ripped right through South Carolina in 2016 as a junior with a 39-yard touchdown and a 93-yard kickoff return for another score, with 365 total yards in that game against an SEC opponent. He has also flashed the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and finished with over 100 career receptions and nearly 1,000 receiving yards. A consistent performer who pays attention to the minor details in practice every day, according to his coaches, however, he’ll need to hone his pass-protection skills. A team leader and bell cow for the Catamounts offense, he has the potential to be an all-purpose type of back at the next level if given the opportunity due to his physical prowess as a runner and the ability to be a multifaceted back (had over 6,000 career all-purpose yards). At least 25 NFL teams have visited the Catamounts campus to get an up-close look at his talents and he will participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 20th, providing him the opportunity the perform in front of an additional 100+ scouts, which should bode very well for his chances of being drafted.
2017 (Sr.): Played nine games, finished with 1,100 rushing yards on 178 carries, averaging 6.2 yards per carry, to go along with nine rushing touchdowns. Also caught 11 balls for 231 receiving yards, averaging 21 yards per catch.
2016 (Jr.): Started all 11 games on the year at running back … Posted his second-consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, finishing with 1,031 yards on 156 carries with 10 rushing touchdowns … Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark four times during the 2016 season including a career-best – and WCU single-game record – 277 yards and two touchdowns against Chattanooga (Oct. 28) … Matched a WCU record with a 95-yard touchdown run against UTC, matching a record set by Brett Chappell (vs. Elon, 1995) … Rushed for 148 yards in the home win over Gardner-Webb (Sept. 10), 111 in the home win over VMI (Nov. 5), and rushed a season-high 21 times for 115 yards and a score at SEC-foe, South Carolina (Nov. 19) … Finished as the NCAA FCS Football individual season champion for all-purpose yards, amassing a Southern Conference record 2,343 all-purpose yards to lead three of the four NCAA football divisions … Was a three-time post-season All-America selection including first team All-America from the Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and a second team FCS All-America selection by STATS … Named second team All-Southern Conference by the league head coaches at running back and return specialist … Selected All-SoCon at running back by the league’s voting media … Named Western Carolina’s 2016-17 A-CAT-EMY Awards Male Athlete of the Year … Earned SoCon Offensive Player of the Week as well as honorable mention STATS FCS National Player of the Week on Oct. 31 … Named STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week after amassing a school-record 365 all-purpose yards (third-most in SoCon history) including a school and SoCon-record 240 kickoff return yards that featured a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at South Carolina (Nov. 19) … Selected as a team captain by his teammates as a junior … Rushed eight times for 23 yards and two touchdowns in WCU’s annual Spring Game.
2015 (So.): Started nine of the 11 games in which he saw action … Named first team All-Southern Conference by both the league’s head coaches and voting media … Became just the ninth Catamount running back since 1967 — and the first since Darius Fudge in 2006 — to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a season, posting the fourth-best total in single-season in school history with 1,109 yards on the ground … Rushed for over 100 yards six times on the year … Led the Southern Conference in rushing, the only back to average over 100-yards on the ground (100.8 yds/gm), and finished the regular season ranked 10th in the nation in rushing … Closed the season by matching a career-long streak with his third-consecutive, 100-yard rushing performance at VMI (Nov. 21), by-passing the 1,000-yard mark in the second quarter of the road victory … Twice rushed for over 100 yards against teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with 128 yards at Tennessee (Sept. 19) and 111 yards at Texas A&M (Nov. 14) … Led Western Carolina in scoring with 72 points, tallying 12 touchdowns including nine on the ground and the first three TD receptions of his career to accompany 281 receiving yards … Scored TDs in all but one game on the year (Furman, Nov. 7) … Adding in 389 yards on kickoff returns, averaged a SoCon-leading 161.7 all-purpose yards per game, ending the regular season sixth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) … Collected SoCon Offensive Player of the Week in early October following a 237 all-purpose yard performance that included a career-high 189 rushing yards in the win over Presbyterian (Oct. 2).
2014 (Fr.): Saw action in all 12 games in the offensive backfield … Ranked third on the team with 488 rushing yards while pacing the Catamounts with nine rushing touchdowns … Racked up 1,311 all-purpose yards including 689 yards on 26 kickoff returns including one for a touchdown … Was second in the SoCon in kickoff return average (26.5 yds/gm) … Finished the year ranked third in the SoCon in all-purpose yards, averaging 109.3 yards per game … Recorded two touchdowns in a game five times as a freshman, ranking second on the team with 60 points scored … Named second team All-Southern Conference by both the league’s head coaches and media as a return specialist on special teams and was also selected to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team both on offense and special teams … Recorded a career-high 207 all-purpose yards in a home win over Brevard (Sept. 6) with 99 on kickoff returns, 88 on the ground and 20 through the air … Garnered SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week plaudits after returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the home win over Wofford (Oct. 11), finishing with 180 all-purpose yards … Collected SoCon Freshman of the Week honors after compiling 154 all-purpose yards with 123 yards rushing and two TDs against The Citadel … Playing for the Gold squad, rushed 11 times for 33 yards and caught a pass for 14 yards in WCU’s annual Spring Game.
2013 (rFr.): Joined the WCU football team for spring drills … Led all running backs with 39 yards on 14 carries, fumbling once during WCU’s annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Named the Southeastern 4-A co-Offensive Player of the Year by the Fayetteville Observer, tallying all-conference accolades … According to NCPreps.com, rushed for over 2,000 yards on over 240 carries with 37 touchdowns as a senior … Recorded 402 yards on the ground on 20 rushes for an average of 20.1 yards per carry, scoring six touchdowns in the 2012 season-opener against Wilmington Ashley HS … It was the 23rd time a 400-plus yard game had been reported to the NCHSAA … Also ran track & field as a prep.
Personal: Full name is Jermine Detrez Newsome … Is the son of Yolanda Newsome.