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Countdown to Kickoff continues with senior Courtney Avery, who is filling a veteran role among a young secondary that includes little brother Reon Dawson.
Defensive back Courtney Avery talks about rivalry week and the keys on defense against Notre Dame.
Tackles: 8, at Northwestern(Nov. 16, 2013)
Solos: 6, at Northwestern (Nov. 16, 2013)
Asst: 4, twice (last at Iowa, Nov. 23, 2013)
TFLs: 1, twice, last vs. Air Force (Sept. 8, 2012)
Sacks: 0.5, vs. Purdue (Oct. 29, 2011)
Int.: 1, twice (last vs. Ohio State, Nov. 26, 2011)
FR: 1, three times (last at Minnesota, Nov. 3, 2012)
PBUs: 2, vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 25, 2010)
At Michigan ... four-year letterman ... appeared in 50 games, making 19 starts as a defensive back ... tied Michigan record for longest fumble return for a touchdown (83 yards) vs. Minnesota (10/1/11).
Senior (2013) ... Academic All-Big Ten ...earned fourth varsity letter ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award ...appeared in 11 games at defensive back, making one start at cornerback and five starts at safety ... made 31 tackles ... NORTHWESTERN (Nov. 16) ... registered a career-best eight tackles ... MICHIGAN STATE (Nov. 2) ... tallied four stops and 0.5 sacks ... ... CENTRAL MICHIGAN (Aug. 31) ... missed game due to injury.
Junior (2012) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in 13 games ... started four games at cornerback and appeared in nine games as a reserve cornerback ... had 19 tackles, 14 solos, two tackles for losses, half a sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... SOUTH CAROLINA (Jan. 1) ... started at cornerback ... MINNESOTA (Nov. 3) ... recorded a fumble recovery for six yards ... NOTRE DAME (Sept. 22) ... started at cornerback ... MASSACHUSETTS (Sept. 15) ... started at cornerback, collecting five tackles with 0.5 tackles for loss ... AIR FORCE (Sept. 8) ... started at cornerback ... tallied two tackles, including one for a loss ... ALABAMA (Sept. 1) ... started at cornerback ... made one tackle ... earned Frederick Matthaei spring award for the junior-to-be who has displayed leadership, drive and achievement on the athletic field and in the classroom.
Sophomore (2011) ... Sugar Bowl champion ... earned second varsity letter ... played in all 13 games, 12 at cornerback, making four starts (Western Michigan, Notre Dame, at Northwestern, Virginia Tech) ... played in all 13 games on special teams ... had 26 tackles, 17 solos, two tackles for losses, half a sack, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four pass breakups ... tied for first on the team with two interceptions ... VIRGINIA TECH (Jan. 3) ... started at cornerback ... made two tackles, including one half tackle-for-loss ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 26) ... Second career forced fumble and second career interception ... made interception with 39 seconds left on OSU's final drive to seal the win ... NEBRASKA (Nov. 19) ... recorded first career solo tackle-for-loss, second career fumble recovery on kickoff return to open the second half and a PBU ... PURDUE (Oct. 29) ... made two tackles, including first career sack (half-sack), and recorded first career interception ... MINNESOTA (Oct. 1) ... appeared as a reserve cornerback, tied the Michigan record for longest fumble return for a touchdown (83 yards) to go along with two tackles ... SAN DIEGO STATE (Sept. 24) ... recorded season-high 4 solo tackles ... WESTERN MICHIGAN (Sept. 3) ... started, set season high with four tackles and had a pass break-up.
Freshman (2010) ... earned first varsity letter ... played in all 13 games, started five contests ... registered 36 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and four pass breakups ... made collegiate debut on kickoff coverage unit vs. Connecticut (Sept. 4) ... switched from jersey #9 to #5 prior to the Indiana (Oct. 2) game ... tallied a career-high five tackles and a pass breakup in first career start at cornerback vs. Illinois (Nov. 6) ... matched his career-high with five tackles and broke up a pass in start at Purdue (Nov. 13) ... reset his career-high with seven tackles, including an assisted tackle for loss, and forced his first career fumble in start vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 20) ... tallied six tackles in start at cornerback vs. Mississippi State (Jan. 1) in Gator Bowl.
Prep ... attended Lexington High School (2010) coached by B.J. Payne ... four-year starter at quarterback and two-year starter at cornerback ... Key Statistics ... completed 413-of-674 passes (61%) for 5,926 yards and 56 touchdowns during his career ... carried the ball 175 times for 1,175 yards and scored 16 TDs ... holds seven school records at quarterback ... registered 54 tackles, 21 pass breakups and one interception in two years at cornerback ... threw for over 1,828 yards on 136-of-220 passing and accounted for 22 TDs as a senior ... made 25 stops, eight PBUs and one pick during senior year ... Honors and Rankings ... named the Ohio Cardinal Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior ... Mansfield News Journal/Brown Derby Roadhouse Offensive Player of the Year as a junior ... three-time all-conference and all-district selection.
Personal ... Courtney Avery was born April 3, 1991 ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, double-majoring in Afro-American and African Studies and political sciences ... relative of George Jewett, the first African-American football player at Michigan and in the Big Ten Conference (1890).
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