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#21 Doug Middleton
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 203
Year: Junior
City/State: Winston-Salem, N.C.
High School: Parkland
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Doug Middleton
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: 07/08/2013
After earning freshman all-America honors as a true frosh, his highly anticipated sophomore campaign was over shortly after it began when he sustained a season-ending ankle injury in the opener at East Carolina … recovered in time to participate fully in spring practice, which he culminated with two interceptions in Appalachian State’s spring game … will battle with talented sophomore Kevin Walton for the starting assignment at strong safety … regardless of whether he earns a starting role, Middleton is expected to be a key cog in Appalachian’s relatively young secondary … speedster could also be called upon to contribute as a kickoff and punt returner.

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 … Middleton applied for and received a medical redshirt from NCAA and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

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 20 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 is now a member of the NFL’s Houston Texans ... majoring in nursing-anesthesiology with a business minor ... enjoys playing chess and participating in community service ... member of Appalachian State athletics’ and Southern Conference’s academic honor rolls.




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