Speedster Avery Picks Up National Mid-Season Award
Oct. 11, 2007
Houston, Texas - University of Houston senior wide receiver Donnie Avery was named a Fourth-Team, Midseason All-American by Phil Steele's College Football Preview magazine, it was announced on Thursday.
Avery currently leads the Cougars in receiving, hauling in 33 receptions for 538 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 107.6 yards per game after back-to-back 100-yard efforts---the first of his career. Avery was named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week back on October 1, after he produced a then league record 350 all-purpose yards, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The college football magazine also released a midseason All-Conference USA Team, and nine Cougars were selected to the first and second teams. Again, Avery paced the way with a first-team selection at wide receiver as well as a second-team pick at kickoff returner.
Joining Avery on the first team was a pair of senior offensive linemen in Jeff Akeroyd and Dustin Dickinson, as well as senior free safety Rocky Schwartz, who currently leads UH in tackles with 44, and junior defensive end Phillip Hunt, who has racked up 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
The second team is led by senior running back Anthony Alridge, who the Cougars' No. 1 rusher with 543 yards while averaging 188.2 all-purpose yards per game. Senior linebacker Brendan Pahulu, junior strong safety Kenneth Fontenette and junior defensive end Ell Ash round out the second team.
The Cougars return to action this Saturday, as they jump back into league play by playing host to Rice in the annual Bayou Bucket game. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 pm at John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.