|High School:||South Salem HS '11|
*** Academic Honors Candidate ***
2012: Listed as a reserve at tight end on preseason depth chart.
2011: Redshirted. Was selected as the team’s offensive scout team player of the week once.
HS: Graduated from South Salem HS in 2011. He finished his career with 17 1/2 sacks, an interception, two fumble recoveries and four blocked field goal attempts. As a senior, he earned honorable mention honors on the Oregonian 6A All-State team as a linebacker and tight end. Also earned first team All-Central Valley Conference honors as a junior and senior as a linebacker, and was a first team pick at tight end as a senior when he led his school to a runner-up finish in the league. He finished his senior season with a team-leading 17 receptions for 327 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 31 catches for 487 yards and five TDs in his career. On defense, he led 6A with 125 tackles, while recording 10 sacks to rank fifth in the State. As a junior he had nine sacks and caught 12 passes for 149 yards.
Personal: Business administration major with a 3.94 grade point average after his first academic year at Eastern. Born 6/16/92 in Salem, Ore. His parents are David and Lora Withnell. Name is pronounced “with-nell.”