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John Avery
RB, Mississippi

John Avery



1997- Missed three games due to dislocated elbow...2nd team all-conference by AP and SEC coaches...went overthe 100 yd. rushing mark six times...ranked 6th on team in pass receiving...led the team in scoring...1st in all-purpose yds on team, which ranked 2nd in SEC and 22nd in nation...ranked 9th in nation by Sporting News for return specialst...1996- led the SEC in KOR... which ranks 7th in NCAA...selected All-ACC 1st team as kick returner by Birmingham News...all-SEC 2nd team kick returner by AP...tied the SEC record for longest KOR in a single game...played in all 11 games and earned his 1st letter as a senior...Junior College: Attended Northwest Community College (Miss.)...two time all-state and all-region JC selection...earned two letters...selected to Super Prep JUCO Top 100 list, ranking 15th...earned honorable mention J.C. Gridwire All-american honors...HIgh School: Attended Asheville HighSchool (NC)...earned 3 letters in football and 4 in track...rated all-state and all-conference honors in football while being named Western Carolina Player of the Year...helped lead team to three conference championships...track MVP...set state record in 55 meters...


Majoring in Social Work at Mississppi University...


1997- 166 no...82 net...97 LP...7 TD...1996- 181 no...788 net...38 LP...5 TD.


He has really moved up on some and he is a hot player at this stage...He is a little guy that lacks NFL size as an every down RB but he certainly fits into the nickle type role in the NFL where he could contribute on third down and also double as return specialist...he has outstanding quickness and speed, has a extra gear which makes him explosive..he is very difficult to get a clear shot at and his COD and avoid are excellent...he had a great INDY workout where he ran under 4.40 while posting outstanding numbers in the VJ, BJ ,and also SS while his BP of 17 is great for a man of his size...he has a good feel for the whole and he can really bounce it outside...he is a darter type RB and does and excellent job of making tacklers miss in the open field...he catches the ball well out of the back field and is a threat to go all the way every time he touches it...he is a great match- up guy in M-to-M situations in the passing game and is also excellent as a return specialist, especially KOR..if there is a knock on him, its simply that he is not big enough to be an every down runner and if a defender gets a clean shot at him, he is not going to break a lot of tackles...he is good in the passing game but has room to get better...this is an outstanding little football player that plays bigger than his size and he should be an impact producer for a team that plugs him into the right role.

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