Fifth-year senior is an unquestioned team leader on and off the field ... Appalachian State’s only returning first-team all-Sun Belt Conference honoree ... has started 17-consecutive games ... possesses size, field vision, tackling skills and nose for the ball that makes him an ideal safety ... also boasts the experience and versatility to play both safety positions, which will allow Appalachian State’s coaches to rotate Middleton, junior free safety Alex Gray and sophomore strong safety A.J. Howard in and out of action and keep the talented trio fresh throughout the campaign ... is also one of Appalachian’s most visible student-athletes off the field, participating in a wide variety of University and community initiatives.2014
: 2014 first-team all-Sun Belt selection ... started all 12 games at free safety ... tied for third in the Sun Belt in interceptions (4), ranked fourth in the conference in passes defended (10) and tied for 24th in the league in total tackles (74) ... was the only player in the Sun Belt with at least four interceptions, 10 passes defended and 70 tackles ... recorded at least thre tackles in every game and and tallied five stops or more in 10-of-12 contests ... came up from his safety position to notch six tackles for loss, which tied for second on the team ... helped Appalachian State finish regular season with the Sun Belt’s No. 1-ranked defense (347.5 ypg – 26 per game fewer than the conference’s No. 2-ranked defense, UL Monroe) ... opened the season with eight tackles at Michigan ... scored Appalachian State’s longest defensive touchdown of the season with a 52-yard interception return in the home opener versus Campbell ... had seven solo tackles in sterling defensive effort at Southern Miss ... tallied a career-high 10 tackles and picked off second pass of the season at Georgia Southern ... recorded third interception and broke up a pass against Liberty ... broke up a pass and was in on a sack at Troy ... made four tackles and broke up two passes in win over UL Monroe ... led Appalachian State with nine tackles (all solo) in win at Arkansas State ... made six stops in impressive road win at UL lafayette ... closed the season with five tackles (including one for loss) and his fourth interception of the campaign in win over Idaho.2013
: Came off the bench for the first half of the season while also being a valuable contributor on special teams ... tallied just nine tackles over the first five games of the season ... saw playing time begin to increase in sixth game of the season versus Samford and he responded with a career-high nine tackles ... moved into the starting lineup two games later against Georgia Southern and not only matched the career-high nine tackles but forced a fumble for the second-straight game and intercepted a pass (his first INT in over two years) to help lead the Mountaineers to a 38-14 win ... remained in the starting lineup for the rest of the season and racked up 25 tackles in five games as a starter ... finished the season with 46 tackles, good for ninth on the team ... tied for team lead with four tackles on kickoffs.2012
: Earned the starting assignment at left cornerback coming out of fall camp … had five tackles and a 29-yard kickoff return in the season opener at ECU before exiting the game with an ankle injury … the injury wound up requiring season-ending surgery … applied for and received a medical redshirt from NCAA.2011
: Appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman with two mid-season starts at free safety … named freshman all-American by College Sports Journal and to Southern Conference’s all-freshman team … despite relatively limited playing time, tied for 11th in the SoCon with two interceptions … returned his first-career interception 97 yards for a touchdown against North Carolina A&T, good for the fourth-longest interception return in school history … the 97-yard INT return was Appalachian’s longest since Rico Mack had a 100-yard return against James Madison in 1990 and the program’s second-longest since 1947 … made one of the Mountaineers’ biggest plays of the season when he got his second interception with 31 seconds remaining against No. 13 Chattanooga to seal Appalachian’s heart-stopping 14-12 victory … finished with 23 tackles, four of which came on kickoff coverage (tied for seventh on squad in kickoff tackles) … in addition to the interception that sealed the win, had a career-high six tackles and a pass break-up in the triumph over 13th-ranked UTC … had five tackles to go along with 97-yard interception return against North Carolina A&T … also broke up passes against Savannah State and Maine … had one kickoff return for 18 yards in win over Western Carolina.High School
: Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com ... four-year starter ... two-time all-conference selection ... earned all-Forsyth County recognition as a freshman ... led Forsyth County with six interceptions as a sophomore and led Winston-Salem with 102 tackles as a senior ... finished career with 13 interceptions, more than 200 tackles and over a dozen pass break-ups ... also excelled as a kick returner with 300 return yards and three touchdowns as a senior ... named best defensive back at Under Armour scouting combine in Charlotte ... coached by DeAngelo Bell ... was also an all-conference performer in track, qualifying for the 2010 North Carolina state championship meet in the 55m (6.3 seconds).Personal
: Full name is Douglas O’Neal Middleton, Jr. ... born Sept. 25, 1993 (turns 22 during season) ... son of Angela and Douglas Middleton, Sr. ... is the oldest of three siblings ... first cousin, Greg Jones, played fullback at Florida State and with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans ... Doug enjoys playing chess ... majoring in business management ... is a member of Dean’s List and Appalachian State athletics’ academic honor roll and was a member of Southern Conference’s academic honor roll ... is an active member of the Appalachian State student body ... serves on student government, the University’s interpersonal violence committee and as an assistant to Appalachian State director of external affairs and community relations Dr. Susan McCracken ... spent the summer of 2015 working with campus leaders to lobby the North Carolina Legislature in Raleigh for a new $79 million building to house Appalachian State’s Beaver College of Health Sciences ... has previously served as an intern for the Watauga County district attorney .. aspires for a career as a city or county manager following the conclusion of his playing career.