Battled through injuries to appear in four games…accounted for two tackles, including a 0.5 TFL against Chattanooga…will look to compete for playing time at defensive end in 2016.
Explosive freshman defensive end who provided some big moments in his first season…finished with 19 tackles in 11 games, including five tackles for loss, which ranked sixth on the squad…made three starts (Wake Forest, Syracuse and Notre Dame)…came off the bench to spark the defense with five tackles in the second half at NC State…that performance included 1.5 tackles for loss, including a sack and a forced fumble…the Wolfpack led 38-35 late in the third quarter when Featherston sacked NC State’s Jacoby Brissett for a 17-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate Jacob Pugh at the NC State 6-yard line – leading to FSU’s go-ahead score…started the next three games, including a career-best seven-tackle effort against the Demon Deacons, which included 2.5 tackles for loss…added a TFL at Syracuse…had all five of his tackles for loss over a three-game stretch in the middle of the season (NC State, Wake Forest and Syracuse)…battled injuries down the stretch, but had one stop against Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game and two tackles versus Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
The No. 1-ranked recruit out of North Carolina according to ESPN, which called him a “human condor in football pads”…rated a four star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports and a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout…tabbed by ESPN as the nation’s No. 33 overall player and the fifth-best defensive end…ranked the No. 6 weakside defensive end and No. 4 player in North Carolina by 247Sports (No. 125 player overall)…rated the No. 20 weakside defensive end and No. 14 player in North Carolina by Rivals…PrepStar Magazine’s No. 14 defensive end and No. 127 overall prospect…selected to the Under Armour All-America Game, but had to sit out due to injury…missed most of his senior season due to injury, but registered 58 tackles and 15 tackles for loss during his junior season at Page…named to the Preseason All-State Class 4A team by NCPreps.com…chose Florida State over Clemson and Florida, amongst others…born July 16, 1996…exploratory major.