C.J. Cavness
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    C.J. Cavness

    Hometown:
    Santa Fe, Texas

    High School:
    Santa Fe

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 220

    Position:
    Outside Linebacker

    Birthdate:
    07/24/1987

    Experience:
    3L

    Career | 2009 Game-by-Game | 2008 Game-by-Game | 2007 Game-by-Game


    • C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 26, 2009)

    SENIOR (2009)
    Second on team with 143 tackles, including 62 solo stops... led Cougars with four fumble recoveries... ranked 15th nationally with 10.2 tackles per game... one of only 10 players to start all 14 games... recorded four tackles, including two solo stops, against Northwestern State during the season opener... posted 12 solo tackles at No. 5/6 Oklahoma State... tallied 14 tackles, including five solo stops, with a fumble recovery and pass breakup against Texas Tech... recorded nine tackles and broke up a pass at C-USA rival UTEP... tallied seven tackles, including five solo stops, and broke up a pair of passes at Mississippi State... finished with eight tackles, including five solo, at C-USA rival Tulane... did a little of everything against C-USA rival SMU... posted a career-high 18 tackles, including 1.5 sacks for a loss of 13 yards, against the Mustangs... also recovered two fumbles, forced another fumble and broke up a pass against SMU... recorded eight tackles, including five solo stops, against C-USA rival Southern Miss... also added an 8-yard sack against the Golden Eagles... finished with nine tackles, including one for a loss of three yards, at C-USA rival Tulsa... recorded 11 tackles, including four solo stops, at Conference USA-rival UCF... totaled six tackles, including an assist for a loss of two yards, against C-USA rival Memphis... posted five tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss, against C-USA rival Rice during the regular-season finale. C-USA Championship Game: Led all players with 15 tackles, including four solo stops, at East Carolina... also added a fumble recovery against the Pirates. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Posted 11.5 tackles, including six solo stops, against Air Force... tied a Houston single-season record with 14 games played against the Falcons.

    JUNIOR (2008)
    Steady defender who appeared in all 13 games... made starts in each of the last four games against Conference USA rivals Tulsa, UTEP and Rice and against Air Force during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl... posted seven tackles, including five solo stops, against Air Force in Dallas... added one tackle for a loss of a yard against the Falcons... finished second on team with nine tackles, including one for a loss of a yard against C-USA rival Tulane during the annual Homecoming game... made first career start against No. 24 Tulsa... led team with 16 tackles, including six solo stops, and added one tackle for a 7-yard loss against the Golden Hurricane... recorded seven tackles against C-USA rival UTEP... posted nine tackles, including five solo, with a pass breakup and one assisted tackle for a 3-yard loss at C-USA rival Rice. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Recorded 15 tackles, including 10 solo stops against Air Force... Assisted on one tackle for minus 1.

    SOPHOMORE (2007)
    Appeared in all 13 games, making him one of only 35 players to accomplish that feat.. was a regular member of the Cougar special teams... made his collegiate debut against the Ducks... Finished with a solo tackles against the Ducks... recorded three solo tackles, including one for a loss of three yards, and forced a fumble at Conference USA rival Tulane... led all UH defenders with 12 tackles, including three solo stops, against Texas Southern during the regular-season finale... also added an assist for a loss of a yard against the Tigers. Texas Bowl: Posted a solo tackle against TCU.

    REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2006)
    Sat out with a knee injury.

    FRESHMAN (2005)
    Sat out as a redshirt.

    SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL
    Named All-District and All-County while leading team to a 6-4 record as a senior... also named the Defensive MVP and Team Captain... was a sprinter on the track and field squad... named "Most Athletic" in high school... invited to play in the North-South High School All-Star game.

    PERSONAL
    Full name is Christopher James Cavness... born July 24, 1987, in Texas City, Texas... son of Bill and Cassie Cavness of Santa Fe... enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time... also recruited by Rice and Texas Lutheran... majoring in history.

    C.J. Cavness' Career Bests
    Tackles: 18, vs. SMU (10-24-09)
    Tackles for Loss: 1.5. vs SMU (10-24-09)
    Sacks: 1.5, vs. SMU (10-24-09)
    Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. SMU (10-24-09); at Tulane (9-15-07)
    Fumble Recoveries: 2, vs. SMU (10-24-09)
    Pass Breakups: 2, at Mississippi State (10-10-09)

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