Honors Continue To Roll In For Houston's Avery
Oct. 15, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - University of Houston senior wide receiver Donnie Avery on Monday was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office in Irving, Texas.
Avery set school and C-USA records for receiving yards (346) and all-purpose yards (427) as the Cougars rallied to defeat Rice, 56-48, and retain the Bayou Bucket. Avery caught 13 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns, a 77- and 67-yarder in the first quarter, as the racked up 748 yards of total offense and scored the final 21 points of the game to improve to 3-3, 2-1 in Conference USA.
His total also ranks fourth all-time in the Football Bowl Subdivision and he is just one of 14 players to ever top 300 yards receiving in a game. He also posted a school and league record 427 all-purpose yards, breaking his two-week old UH record and the one-week old league mark. Avery had 208 yards receiving in the first quarter, establishing another UH record in the process.
East Carolina free safety Van Eskridge and UTEP kicker Jose Martinez were the other league winners.
This award marks the second time in three weeks that Avery has been honored. He was the Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against East Carolina back on Sept. 29.
The Cougars return to action this Saturday, Oct. 20, when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., to face UAB at Legion Field at 6 pm. It is the first meeting between UH and UAB since 2004.