|4 Maurice Avery
Tiger football wide receiver who joined the hoops squad Jan. 1 ... Saw action in nine games, including the Tigers' NCAA Tournament contests vs. South Carolina and Oklahoma State ... Played in both the 2003-04 football bowl season (New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 16, 2003) and the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 19 and 21, 2004) ... Was the only student-athlete in the nation last year to play in both a bowl victory (Memphis defeated North Texas 27-17 in the New Orleans Bowl) and an NCAA Tournament win (Memphis defeated South Carolina 59-43 in first round) ... Had one FG attempt vs. the Gamecocks in the NCAA Tournament ... Recorded four points and one rebound vs. TCU (2nd game) ... The four points were a career best ... Had three points and two rebounds vs. Southern Miss (2nd game) ... The two boards were a career high ... Missed the team's trip to Marquette because of a death in his family ... Scored first points of collegiate career vs. Charlotte ... Scored on a layup with under a minute to play vs. the 49ers ... Played major role in the Tigers' football success in 2003, as Memphis finished the season with a 9-4 overall record and won the New Orleans Bowl Dec. 16 with a 27-17 victory over North Texas ... Was Memphis' leading receiver in 2003 with 49 catches for 742 yards and eight touchdowns.
Football Career at Memphis
Led the Tigers in receiving in 2003 after making the move from quarterback in the spring of 2003 ... Missed two games with a late season knee sprain ... 2003: Was named second team All-Conference USA ... Climbed into the No. 30 spot on the Tiger career receiving yardage list with his 742 yards ... The 742 yards and 49 receptions both are the fifth-most for a single season ... His eight TD catches are tied for fifth-most for a single season ... Had two TD runs (33, 2 yards) in the season opener vs. Tennessee Tech ... Caught three passes for 61 yards and one touchdown (31-yard reception) in the Memphis win over Ole Miss ... Broke the 100-yard barrier for the first time in the Southern Miss game with seven pass receptions for 103 yards ... Had five pass receptions for 93 yards and one touchdown vs. Arkansas State ... Shattered the Memphis single-game record for receptions with 13 against UAB ... Had 13 catches for 125 yards and one touchdown ... Totaled three receptions for 54 yards in the Mississippi State game ... Leading receiver in the win over Houston with four receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns (9, 55 yards) ... Led the team with four receptions for 46 yards and one touchdown in the win over Tulane ... Had four pass receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns (29, 51 yards) vs. East Carolina ... Had one pass reception for 55 yards in the victory over Louisville ... Suffered a torn MCL against Louisville and missed the remainder of the regular season ... Was able to return to practice the week before the New Orleans Bowl ... Played in the New Orleans Bowl and caught three passes for 14 yards ... 2002: Lettered as a true freshman while playing quarterback, receiver and punter ... Finished his freshman season as the team's third-leading rusher with 27 carries for 76 yards and one score ... Was 4-of-9 passing for 32 yards, and caught two passes for 13 yards ... Averaged 42.0 yards on eight punt attempts ... Saw his first action in the Southern Miss game ... Replaced an injured Danny Wimprine and immediately ran for a two-yard touchdown ... Was his first collegiate touchdown ... Played in the next four games but did not have his first collegiate pass completion until the Cincinnati contest ... Was 3-of-4 passing for 19 yards against Cincinnati ... Had two pass receptions for 13 yards in the game with USF ... Had five rushes for 25 yards in the Memphis win over Army ... Became one of the team's two punters when Tigers went to rugby-style punting in the Cincinnati game ... Punted three times for 34.0 yard average against Bearcats and had a long punt of 48 yards ... Punted once against Houston for 51 yards and had his kick downed inside the Cougar 20 yard line ... Averaged 50.0 yards per punt in the USF contest and had a season-long kick of 60 yards ... Had one punt for 51 yards against Army that was downed inside the 20.
Was a 4-A All-State selection and was rated as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the state of Georgia for 2001at McNair High School ... Was twice named the Offensive Player of the Year in DeKalb County ... Completed 433-of-815 pass attempts for 6,833 yards and 48 touchdowns during his career ... Set the McNair season records for TD passes (21) and rushing TDs (10) in 2001 ... Coached by Johnny Gilbert.
Son of Stacey Avery ... Born Jan. 3, 1984 ... Majoring in Sport Management.
Avery's Career Statistics
Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct 3P-3PA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Reb Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg
2003-04. 9-0 19/2.1 4-8 .500 0-0 .000 1-5 .200 3-0 3 0.3 6-0 0 2 0 0 9/1.0