Avery, Alridge Named All-Americans
Akeroyd, Hunt and Schwartz Join Avery On All-C-USA Squad
Dec. 11, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - Two University of Houston senior football standouts picked up additional post-season hardware today, when they were named All-Americans by Phil Steele's College Football Preview magazine. Wide receiver Donnie Avery and running back Anthony Alridge, who conclude their careers on December 28 against TCU in the Texas Bowl, were selected to one of the four All-America squads.
A member of the 2007 Conference USA First Team, Avery was named a Second Team, All-America after leading the Cougars and C-USA in receiving with 81 catches for 1,336 yards and seven touchdowns. Avery's yards per game (111.3) were fourth best in the nation.
Alridge picked up Fourth Team honors after rushing for a team-high 1,568 yards and 14 touchdowns, and the Denton, Texas, speedster was ranked seventh in the nation in rushing and was a consensus Conference USA Second Team selection. He also had 41 receptions for 424 yards and five touchdowns and chipped in seven kickoffs for 169 yards.
Steele's magazine also selected All-Conference USA squads, with the Cougars being represented by eight players.
Avery, offensive linemen Jeff Akeroyd and Dustin Dickinson, defensive lineman Phillip Hunt and safety Rocky Schwartz were named First-Team, All-Conference USA. Alridge was the lone member of the Second Team, while safety Kenneth Fontenette was an All-C-USA Third-Team pick. Defensive lineman Ell Ash rounded out the Cougar selections with a Fourth-Team selection.
A consensus selection to the 2007 C-USA First Team, Akeroyd was the anchor along an offensive line that generated 513.17 yards and 36.33 points per game. A starter for three seasons, Akeroyd's versatility and stability enabled the Cougars to repeat as West Division champions and finish as the nation's fourth-best offense in total yards per game. Dickinson was a Honorable Mention All-C-USA pick by the league's coaches, despite the fact that he has started 38 consecutive games heading into the bowl match-up.
Hunt was a one-man wrecking crew on the Cougar defense, as his 9.5 sacks and 16.0 tackles for loss were tops in Conference USA. Also a consensus 2007 All-Conference USA First-Teamer, Hunt improved upon his Second-Team selection a year ago and finished with 49 total tackles and a nation's best 10 pass breakups for a defensive lineman. He was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week for his effort against SMU on Nov. 4.
After missing the majority of the 2006 season with a knee injury, Schwartz retuned this season and started the last 11 games while leading the Cougars in tackles with 87 tackles, as well as two interceptions, eight pass breakups and three forced fumbles. For the second time in his career, Schwartz led Houston it total tackles.
As for Fontenette, he was named Second-Team, All-Conference USA two weeks ago by both the league's media and head coaches. Fontenette led UH in interceptions with four, and was second on the team in total tackles with 60. Like Schwartz, he was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week during the 2007 season.
Finally, Ash settled in as one of Houston's top run stoppers, finishing with 42 total tackles, including one sack and 4.5 TFLs.
Collegefootballnews.com also named Avery, Akeroyd and Hunt All-C-USA First Team.