Completed whirlwind transition from offense to defense with a terrific spring and goes into the fall listed atop the depth chart at nost tackle with fellow sophomore Darian Small and junior Stephen Burns ... less than a week after he was moved from the offensive line to the defensive line, Fernandez got the starting assignment at nose tackle last Nov. 2 versus Chattanooga ... despite the inexperience, was impressive at the position over the final month of the season ... Appalachian State’s biggest player at 345 pounds has the size and skill to clog the middle of the Mountaineers’ 3-4 defense and also boasts the athletic ability to get to the quarterback and ball-carriers in the backfield.2013:
Saw limited action over the first two months of the season, contributing almost exclusively on the Mountaineers’ punt and field goal/PAT units ... with the defensive front thinned by injuries, coaches moved him to nose tackle five days prior to the Nov. 2 contest against Chattanooga ... he made the transition quickly enough to start against UTC ... made four solo tackles in his defensive debut ... after being limited to one tackle at Georgia, had a breakout performance with six stops against Wofford’s vaunted triple-option offense in a 33-21 win over the No. 24-ranked Terriers ... closed the season with three more solo tackles against Western Carolina ... despite playing just four games on the defensive side of the ball, finished the season with 14 tackles (11 solo).2012:
Versatile lineman was a two-time all-conference honoree at right guard and second-team all-conference selection as a nose guard as a senior … also earned all-area recognition as a senior … earned offensive line MVP honors as a junior and senior … helped lead Fuquay-Varina to a 10-2 record in 2011 … coached by Ryan Habich, who is now the head coach at Watauga H.S. in Boone ... was prep teammate of current Appalachian State teammate Ricky Fergerson.Personal:
Full name is Tyson Fernandez Feliz ... born March 4, 1994 (20 years old) ... son of Wanda and Robert Martinez ... is the oldest of three siblings ... majoring in criminal justice.