Angus Winchester

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Angus Winchester
No. 52 – Orange County Otters
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1996-04-16)April 16, 1996 (aged 48)
Manchester, TN
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College:Wisconsin
ISFL Draft:2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 25
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NSFL statistics as of Week 14, 2024
Total tackles:571
Pass deflections:59
Interceptions:2
Forced fumbles:9
Fumble recoveries:4
Sacks:88
Pancakes:190
Player stats at ISFL.net

Angus Winchester (born January 16, 1996) is an American football linebacker for the Orange County Otters of the National Simulation Football League (NSFL). He played college football for Wisconsin (WI) before being drafted by the Orange County Otters in the 2016 ISFL Draft.

Early years

Angus Winchester grew up on a small family farm outside Manchester, Tennessee with his grandparents Sally and Earl Winchester. Working daily on the farm since he was able to walk Angus quickly grew in size and strength and appeared destined to be a professional athlete. Angus first started weightlifting with his grandfather at age 12, already 6 feet tall and 160 lbs and took to it quickly.

His Freshman year of high school he made the varsity squad of the small 2A school as a defensive tackle. Although he rotated snaps he was able to get 4 sacks that season. He also made the school wrestling squad and weightlifting team that season. In his sophomore year, his high school ended up closing and Angus was transferred to a much larger school an hour away from his home and was not able to play sports his Sophomore year. By Junior year he was back on the football team but had a lot of struggles due to personal problems and did not see the field much. In his senior year, a new coach came to Coffee County High and moved Angus to left guard where he excelled. He also set the Tennessee state record for high school powerlifting with a 1925 lb total in the 275 lb weight class.

College career

Angus did not receive any offers to play Division I football in college. He instead opted to go to Junior college for a year or two and hope to get discovered by a Division I coach. After his Freshman year in junior college, Angus Winchester was contacted by Wisconsin to receive a full scholarship offer to Wisconsin to play offensive line. His Sophomore season he was moved from left guard to left tackle, starting all 13 games and going 10-3. That same season Angus was diagnosed with dyslexia, an answer to his academic problems he had been experiencing his whole life, which helped to get his struggling grades back up so that he could stay on the team. His Junior year was the renaissance for Angus as he played his best season of football in his life at that point. He finished the season with zero sacks allowed and zero penalties. After this season he declared for the NSFL draft.

College career statistics

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Professional career

NSFL career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
265 lb
(120 kg)

At 6' 5" and 330 lbs Angus Winchester was one of the largest linemen on the board in the 2016 ISFL Draft. Although not originally a highly touted prospect due to his somewhat raw technical ability, Angus' measurables were off the charts. He had the size and athleticism to be a force on the offensive line. Most draft pundits were mocking Angus Winchester to be drafted around the same time as fellow prospect Ben Longshaw in the second round. However, come draft day Angus fell to the fifth round before being selected 25th overall by the Orange County Otters and was the second lineman selected after Ben Longshaw had been drafted by the San Jose Sabercats.

Angus' first season in the NSFL came as a shock to everyone when he proceeded to not allow a single sack all season while also pancaking the most defensive linemen all season by a large margin. He blocked for the most potent rushing attack in the league led by Leroy Jenkins and Omar Wright. His play was so dominant over the competition that season that it led people to vote him for Offensive Lineman of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and Most Outstanding Player. 2017 saw Angus start much slower, giving up two sacks early on and not being as strong in the run game. He finished that season in the middle-of-the-pack. In 2018, Angus once again found his mojo and finished the season with no sacks allowed.

However, things were shaken up quite a bit in his fourth season as the NSFL decided they would start playing androids in the offensive line in lieu of humans due to concerns about concussions. Angus ended up dropping 85 lbs that offseason down to 265 lbs where he was able to find a spot as a linebacker for the Orange County Otters. In 2019, his first season as linebacker, he turned in a mediocre performance during the regular season, but his team went on to defeat the Arizona Outlaws on the road in the playoffs and the Yellowknife Wraiths in Ultimus Bowl IV in order to bring a first NSFL Championship to Orange County. Angus found his stride as a linebacker in 2020, leading the league in sacks for that season with 17. The Otters once again found themselves Ultimus champions after defeating the Outlaws and Wraiths again in the post season. Winchester continued to lead the league in sacks for 2021 and 2022 while bringing home two more conference championships and a final Ultimus trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Liberty in Ultimus Bowl VI. It was in 2022 that Angus won Linebacker of the Year – with 23 sacks – while teammate Ian Bavitz won Defensive Player of the Year.

2023 and 2024 saw Angus take a bit of a step back in production as age began to show. Still generating the most sacks of the linebackers in Orange County he began to cede some production in tackles and pass coverage to young linebacker Mason Brown, a first-round selection. The Otters continued to perform excellently and gain playoff berths but both years they would exit in the conference championship to the upstart New Orleans Second Line. Although he has aged Angus shows little signs of slowing down and indicates that he intends to play as long as he can, hoping he can help bring his team a fourth championship under young quarterback Gus Showbiz.

Professional career statistics

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Achievements and records

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