April 29, 2014
DALLAS, Texas -- Former University of Michigan defensive back Courtney Avery (Mansfield, Ohio/Lexington) has been named a 2014 member of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF and College Football Hall of Fame announced today (Tuesday, April 29).
The award is presented to collegiate football players in their last year of eligibility that achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or better, meet all NCAA requirements toward degree progress and are a starter or significant contributor on their football team.
Avery, a team captain in 2013, collected many academic honors during his four years in Ann Arbor. He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement recipient.
Avery started 19 of 50 career games at Michigan as a defensive back, registering 112 tackles (five for losses), two interceptions, eight pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and 1.5 sacks. His 83-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in 2011 is tied for the Michigan record. Also in 2011, Avery hauled in the game-clinching interception in the final minute of the Wolverines' victory over Ohio State. Prior to 2012, Avery earned the Frederick Matthaei spring award for the junior-to-be who displayed leadership, drive and achievement on the athletic field and in the classroom.
Avery will receive his bachelor's degree this weekend from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. He is double-majoring in Afro-American and African Studies and political science.
Contact: Zach Eisendrath