Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — Courtney Avery — Cornerbacks — Wolverine’s Spring Football — GBMWolverine Evaluations
GBMWolverine Football Spring Evaluations: Position-by-Position — Player Profile.
GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of Courtney Avery and GBMWolverine’s analysis concerning his progress this spring in our opinion.
Note: We will not evaluate every player on the team and with this position group (Cornerbacks) we will not evaluate #38 Al Backey. If you would like to chat about this player bring them up on the message board or send us an e-mail request.
Reminder: Also noted that we didn’t attend every practice and realize things happen during those fifteen practices, but our evaluations are based on what we seen first hand and in our opinion and not what we hear like just about every other site out there that relies on second, third hand information to make their evaluations of the players during the spring.
Losing from 2011 (Team #132) on scholarship: #17 Tony Anderson and #29 Troy Woolfolk.
Coming in for 2012 (Team #133) on scholarship: Terry Richardson.
Commit for 2013 (Team #134) on scholarship: Jourdan Lewis, Gareon Conley, and Channing Stribling.
City/State: Mansfield, Ohio
High School: Lexington
High School Coach: B.J. Payne
Courtney Avery is a very good cover corner for the Michigan defense. He hails from Ohio and had some renown as an athlete and scholar.
Courtney lacks the elite level speed or burst that we like in a true cover corner, but he also shows excellent anticipation and the ability to read routes. While not perfect physically, Courtney is a very smart player, was offered by Stanford, committed, but decided he wanted to be closer to home so family and friends could watch him play. And this turn of events is/was a very good thing for Michigan. GBMWolverine scouted Courtney several times in high school and in every game he was the best player on both sides of the ball.
Avery still needs to add some weight/strength to improve his physical play and tackling. He really seemed to show improvement as the season progressed last year. This spring was no different as well. We believe Courtney is getting more comfortable at being the nickel-back and is making positive contributions.
A bottom line statement: in Coach Mattison’s 4-3 under defense, Courtney is a perfect fit at nickel. With more teams going to three and four wide receiver sets, fans will likely see Michigan in a nickel package frequently this season and probably more than last football season.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff
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