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    Donnie Avery, WR, Houston

    Name: Donnie Avery
    College: Houston Number: 2
    Height: 5-11 Weight: 185
    Position: WR Pos2: KR
    Class/Draft Year: rSr/2008
    40 Time: 4.34 40 Low: 4.28 40 High: 4.40
    Projected Round: 1-2 Stock:
    Rated number 6 out of 313 WR's 33 / 2322 TOTAL

    Combine Results Pro Day Results
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    Height: 5112
    Weight: 185
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    Height: 5112
    Weight: 185
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    Draft Scout Snapshot: 14 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 57-852-14.9-5; KR: 6-113-18.8-0; 3rd team All-Conf USA in '06. 12 GP; 10 GS; Rec: 44-688-15.6-5 in '05. 11 GP; 11 GS; Rec: 18-293-16.3-2; PR 3-28-9.3-0 KR 18-343-19.1-0 in '04. Redshirted as a true freshman in '03.

    Overview


    In a draft blessed with several under-sized game-breakers at receivers, Avery just may be the best of the bunch. Whereas some receivers are blessed with rare 40-yard dash times, Avery not only has mercurial speed, but rare agility and acceleration to turn short passes into big plays.

    While some will argue that the wide open Houston offense has contributed to Avery's production over his career (119 receptions for 1,833 yards and 12 touchdowns entering his senior campaign), the reality is that coach Art Briles' scheme spreads the ball among many outlets, forcing receivers to develop into effective route-runners. Blessed with superior change of direction and deep speed, Avery is very effective in this manner, earning consistent separation against even the country's better cornerbacks.

    Of concern to scouts, of course, is Avery's lack of prototypical size and strength. While his frame won't allow him to be a classic fit in every NFL offense, Avery's playmaking ability as a receiver and return specialist are obvious -- and likely to see him drafted on the first day.





    Analysis


    Positives: Smaller than you'd like, but a well-built frame. ... Exceptional timed speed. ... Carries over his speed onto the football field and has true three-tier speed -- initial quickness, acceleration and deep speed. ... Excellent change of direction out of his breaks to gain separation. ... Gobbles up the cushion quickly due to his fluid acceleration and possesses a second gear when the ball is in flight. ... Good vision as a runner and can make people miss in the open field. ... Reliable hands for the reception. ... Good body control to make the acrobatic catch. ... Productive special teams player, especially as a return specialist. ... Durable player who hasn't missed a game due to injury in his career.

    Negatives: Lacks the prototype size for the today's NFL. ... Tough player who is willing to play with pain and hasn't missed a game due to injury, but can be out-physicaled. ... Struggles some with physical confrontation on the field and goes down too easily to arm tackles. ... Gives effort as a downfield blocker, but is more of a pest than an actual hindrance to defenders.



    2006 Season

    3rd team All-Conf USA in '06. One of 36 players to play in all 14 games, setting the UH single-season record… Finished second in both receiving yards (852) and receptions (57)… Ranked third with five touchdown catches… Ranked 10th in C-USA with 3.85 catches per game but is sixth in the league with 60.9 receiving yards per game… Led all Cougar wideouts with six catches for 66 yards during the season opener against Rice… Topped UH for the second straight game with seven catches against Tulane during the home opener… Recorded 96 receiving yards and added an 11-yard touchdown reception late in the first half… Tied for the team lead with five catches against Grambling State.

    Hauled in a 42-yard touchdown and finished with two catches for 50 yards against Oklahoma State… Recorded four catches for 64 yards at Miami (Fla.)… Posted five catches for 99 yards and added a 56-yard touchdown catch against Louisiana-Lafayette… Led all UH wideouts with 70 receiving yards and added a 37-yard touchdown catch against UTEP… Topped all receivers with 113 yards on three catches, including a 53-yard reception, against Tulsa… Snared a 13-yard touchdown pass and finished with two catches for 34 yards at Memphis during the regular-season finale… Had seven catches for 72 yards against South Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.



    2005 Season

    Competed in all 12 games with 10 starts, including each of the last nine games... Third on the team with 44 catches but ranks second with 688 receiving yards and five touchdowns... Finished with four catches for 100 yards in the season opener against Oregon... Hauled in a 70-yard touchdown catch late in the first quarter against the Ducks... Was the first 100-yard receiving game of his career... Led all Cougar wideouts with 99 receiving yards on five catches during the C-USA opener at UTEP... Made touchdown catches of 16 and 62 yards for the first multi-TD game of his career... Recorded eight catches for 112 yards and hauled in a 63-yard touchdown strike against Memphis... Led all players with six catches for 61 yards at Mississippi State... Posted three catches for 111 yards, including a career-long 76-yard touchdown, at UCF... Was the Cougars' top receiver against Kansas in the Fort Worth Bowl... Recorded five catches for 71 yards.



    2004 Season

    Started all 11 games last season for the Cougars... also returned kickoffs and punts... named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team... had at least one catch in seven games... made his first career start against Rice in the season opener... also returned two punts for 10 yards against the Owls... returned a kickoff for 18 yards, two punts for a total of 23 yards and added a 2-yard tackle for a loss on a punt return at No. 2 Oklahoma... returned a kickoff 49 yards and added a 10-yard receptions against No. 4 Miami... returned two kickoffs for 58 yards, including a game-high 39 yard effort at Memphis... caught a 6-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter to give the Cougars their first lead at Southern Miss... caught a 12-yard touchdown pass and returned three kickoffs for 59 yards at C-USA rival TCU... hauled in two passes for 80 yards, including a 60-yard reception against C-USA rival Tulane... hauled in two catches for 58 yards, including a 48-yard reception against C-USA rival East Carolina during Homecoming... recorded a 17-yard reception in the season finale against nationally-ranked Lousiville.



    2003 Season

    Redshirted as a true freshman.



    High School

    Ranked #89 by TheInsiders.com recruiting site... was a unanimous First-Team, All-District selection as both a wide receiver and return specialist last season... helped lead Hastings High School to a district championship and an 11-3 record... hauled in 36 passes for 502 yards and two TDs to lead District 19-5A... also returned 13 punts for 399 yards and three scores, as well as seven kickoffs for 345 yards and one TD... had 16 rushes for 175 yards and two scores.



    Personal

    Born June 12, 1984, in Houston, Texas... son of Melonie and Dennis Robertson of Houston... also recruited by Kansas State, Tennessee, TCU, New Mexico and Kansas... majoring in sports administration.



    Draft Scout Player News
    10/28/07 - WR Donnie Avery – The NFL prospect with blazing speed had a relatively quiet game, catching five balls for 48 yards.

    10/26/07 - WR Donnie Avery leads C-USA in receiving yards (933), and no else is even close. He's caught 51 passes and five touchdowns, and simply cannot be covered one-on-one.

    10/26/07 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Donnie Avery - The senior with 4.2 speed in the 40 leads C-USA in receiving yards (933), and no else is even close. He's caught 51 passes and five touchdowns, and simply cannot be covered one-on-one.

    10/15/07 - Conference USA Week 7 Offensive Player of the Week: Avery set a Houston and Conference USA record with 346 yards receiving on 13 receptions in the Cougars win over Rice, scoring two touchdowns. 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. - Conference USA Sports

    10/15/07 - One day after setting four Houston and Conference USA records, Cougar WR Donnie Avery was named the Walter Camp Football FBS National Offensive Players of the Week for games ending October 13. 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. - C-USA Sports


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