Thursday, July 6, 2017

58 Days 'till Football Kickoff - #58 Daniel Riddle

It's now 58 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100-day football countdown each day until kickoff.

Today we'll highlight a linebacker.....

#58 Daniel Riddle

Class: RS Senior
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
High School: Athens Drive HS
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 225
Position: LB

2016 (Redshirt Junior): Was limited to eight games with just one start due to injury, starting a linebacker in the season-finale at South Carolina (Nov. 19) ... Team Captain ... Finished with 36 total tackles including 19 solo stops ... Recorded a season-best nine tackles with seven solo stops in the regular season finale at South Carolina ... Selected to the 2016 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team and Named to the 2016-17 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 11 games in which he saw action at linebacker ... Led Western Carolina -- and the Southern Conference -- in tackles during the regular season, finishing with 129 tackles including 46 solo stops and three for losses ... Posted double-digit tackles in nine of WCU's 11 seasonal games and concluded the regular season seventh in the country in tackles per game (11.7) ... Posted five-or-more tackles in every game ... Matched his career-high with 18 tackles in the home win over Presbyterian (Oct. 2) ... Recorded a pair of interceptions including the first of his career against Samford (Oct. 24), returning the pick 46 yards ... Also had an interception at Texas A&M (Nov. 14) ... Collected first team All-Southern Conference honors from the media and second recognition from the league's head coaches ... Was a two-time SoCon Player of the Week and selected the top defensive player in October after tallying 67 tackles -- an average of 13.4 per game -- during the month ... Also garnered SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week honors, presented by General Shale ... Listed on the CFPA Defensive Watch List for top defensive player ... Named to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Was selected 2015 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference ... Credited with five tackles in WCU's annual Spring Game.

2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 12 of the team’s games with nine starts at linebacker … Finished third on the team with 74 tackles including 35 solo stops and five tackles for 32 yards in losses … Was the highest ranking rookie defender in the SoCon, averaging 6.2 tackles per game … Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team … Twice finished with double-digit tackles … Recorded 1.5 sacks with a pair of pass break-ups … Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at USF (Aug. 30) … Made his first career start count, earning Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week and co-Freshman of the Week from The Sports Network against Catawba (Sept. 13) … Recorded a career-high 18 tackles including seven solo stops with three TFLs, a sack and two forced fumbles in earning the weekly plaudits … Posted an 11-tackle performance in the home win over Wofford (Oct. 11) … In late October, was added to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List for the nation’s top freshman … Named to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll.

2013 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year varsity letter winner and starter at Athens Drive High ... Led the Tri-9 Conference in tackles with over 360 including 65 tackles for loss and 13 sacks ... Named the Tri-9 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, recording 169 tackles and seven sacks as a senior ... Recorded two career receiving touchdowns and an interception ... Was a Tri-9 All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2010 ... Two-time Academic All-Conference.

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations


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