Former offensive lineman established himself as Appalachian State’s starter at nose tackle last season before sustaining a season-ending injury with three games to go in the campaign ... has recovered completely from the serious arm injury and enters fall camp listed as the co-starter at nose tackle with pass-rush specialist Stephen Burns ... has dropped 25 pounds since the beginning of last season to help develop pass rush to go along with terrific run-stopping ability.
2014: Saw action in the first 10 games of the season, making eight starts at nose tackle ... season was cut short when he sustained a serious arm injury during 10th game of the campaign at Arkansas State ... finished with 17 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack in 10 contests ... recorded three stops and was in on a tackle for loss in home opener versus Campbell ... notched a season-high four tackles against South Alabama, which was part of a string of five-straight games with multiple stops (2 at Georgia Southern, 4 vs. South Alabama, 2 vs. Liberty, 2 at Troy, 2 vs. Georgia State) ... was in on the first sack of his career at Troy.
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).
High School: 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 (21 years old) ... son of Wanda and Robert Martinez ... is the oldest of three siblings ... majoring in criminal justice.