2014 CFPA Kick Returner Trophy Watch List
2014 Phil Steele's Preseason AAC First Team
2014 Athlon Sports Preseason AAC First Team
2013 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Football Team
2013 The American Athletic Conference's Special Teams Player of the Year
2013 The American Athletic Conference's First Team
2014: Made eight starts, while appearing in all 13 games during the 2014 season ... at receiver, caught two touchdowns on 33 receptions for 335 yards, an average of 10.2 yards per catch ... at kick returner, made 34 returns for 592 yards, an average of 17.4 yards per catch ... caught two passes for 29 yards and returned four kickoffs for 50 yards in Houston's Armed Forces Bowl win ... his second reception was the touchdown that ignited Houston's comeback in the Armed Forces Bowl ... had 10 catches for 95 yards at Cincinnati ... tallied three kickoff returns for a total of 52 yards vs. Tulane ... had four catches for 27 yards in win at USF ... tallied 50 kickoff return yards on three returns vs. Temple ... had four catches for 41 yards at Memphis ... racked up 90 yards on seven receptions to accompany three kick returns for 81 yards vs. UCF ... had a season-high 38-yard return vs. UNLV ... recorded a 27-yard kick return and a total of 93 yards on six returns at BYU ... had one kick return for 20 yards vs. Grambling and made one reception for 13 yards ... made five kick returns for 81 yards (longest 22) vs. UTSA ... caught three passes for a total of 24 yards, the longest reception of 11 yards vs. UTSA.
2013: Houston's starting kick returner also started at receiver for the final three games of the season ... named The American Athletic Conference's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year ... named to The American's First Team as a kick returner ... led The American and was 12th nationally with an average of 27.6 yards per kick return ... had 37 returns for 1,021 yards including a 95-yard touchdown against BYU ... his 1,021 yards marked a Houston freshman record and were second on the UH single-season chart, regardless of class ... had five games with at least 100 kick return yards ... second nationally with 12 kick returns of 30 yards or longer ... had a return of at least 40 yards in six games ... hauled in his first career pass, a 26-yard touchdown, at Rutgers as he finished the game with three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown ... had a 30-yard reception vs. USF ... sixth on the team with 116 receiving yards and eighth with 11 receptions ... named the team's Special Teams Co-MVP with Richie Leone.
High School: Three-star athlete by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports ... No. 5 athlete in the state of Texas by Dave Campbell ... No. 61 receiver nationally by Scout ... No 95 player in the state of Texas by 247Sports ... named Dave Campbell's District 15-4A Player of the Year ... accumulated 1,337 rushing yards and 16 TDs on 184 carries as a senior as he helped lead team to state title game ... also had six receptions for 180 yards and three touchdowns in his final high school year ... threw for 1,823 yards and 22 touchdowns against 10 interceptions as a senior ... named MVP of the 2012 IFAF U-19 World Championship as he led Team USA with seven receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown in a title win over American Samoa ... had 44 carriers for 445 yards and five touchdowns and 21 receptions for 364 yards and six touchdowns as a junior despite missing time with an injury ... also Lancaster's starting point guard ... chose Houston over Arizona State, Tennessee and West Virginia among others.
Personal: Undecided on a major ... son of Mark Ayers and Bernice Edwards ... cousin of Houston basketball guard Jherrod Stiggers ... has two brothers and one sister ... lists his brother Tre'Nair Felton who serves in the U.S. military as the most influential person in his life ... volunteered with the Special Olympics while in high school ... also volunteered with Red Cross when a tornado hit his hometown of Lancaster.
Demarcus Ayers' Career Bests
Receptions: 10, Cincinnati (2014)
Receiving Yards: 95, Cincinnati (2014)
Receiving Touchdowns: 1, Cincinnati (2014)
Long Reception: 39, UCF (2014)
Kickoff Returns: 6, at BYU (2014)
Kickoff Return Yards: 167, BYU (2013)
Long Kickoff Return: 95, BYU (2013)