Summer 2007: Played summer ball for the Winter Springs Baracuddas of Florida Summer Collegiate League...Helped the Cudas to a 24-14 record and a regular season title...Went 3-0, with a 0.89 ERA in eight appearnaces...Logged 40.2 innings in six starts...Struck out 25 and held opponents to a .133 clip at the plate.
2007 (Freshman): Went 0-1 in five appearances...Worked out of the bullpen in his first two outings before being moved to a mid week starting role...Made two starts, before returning to the Tiger bullpen... Struck out five and compiled a 12.27 ERA in 7.1 innings of action...Gave up 16 runs (10 earned)...Struggled with control and walked 13 batters...Lost his only decision after vs. Murray State (4/11/07)...Averaged 6.14 strikeouts per nine innings, but walked 15.95 batters per game...Allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work in his college debut vs. Akron (3/18/07)...Made his first collegiate start vs. Murray State (4/11/07)...Fanned two and gave up six runs on seven hits in a losing effort...Started vs. Austin Peay (4/18/07).
2006: Redshirted the 2006 season.
Prep: Played for coach Steve Gum at Christian Academy of Knoxville...Was a two-sport standout in basketball and baseball...Was the top hurler for CAK in 2005, ranking third in Class 1A state with a 2.87 ERA. In 39.0 innings of work...Fanned 61 batters and allowed just 16 earned runs to lead the Warriors to a District 3 crown...Tabbed District 3 MVP...Has topped out at 87 miles per hour...Went 3-2 on the mound as CAK finished the season with a 19-12 record...Hit .494 (second in Class 1A) with five home runs, 28 RBI and 16 doubles...Posted 14 multiple-hit performances and recorded multiple-RBI games nine times...Played center on the hardwood...Helped lead CAK to a District 3 and Region 2 championships in 2005...Named the District 3 Player of the Year and Region 2 Tournament MVP...Earned All-District 3 All-tournament honors, All-KIL second team and Prep X-tra third team recognition.
Personal: Full name is Christopher Jacob Novikoff...Son of Walter and Susan Novikoff...Tallest player on the U of M roster...Majoring in mechanical engineering.