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55 Tolen Avery

Class: R-Senior Position: DL Height: 6-3 Weight: 295 Previous School: Ball HS Hometown: Galveston, Texas

2017 (R-Jr.):
• Started all 11 games at defensive tackle
• Ranked seventh on the team with a career-best 39 tackles (25 solo, 14 assisted)
• Also added three tackles for a loss (10 yards) and a sack (three yards)
• Ranked third on the team with four quarterback hurries
• Finished with three solo stops and two quarterback hurries in Liberty's win over Baylor
• Recorded four tackles against No. 5 Jacksonville State
• Had three tackles and a blocked field goal against St. Francis, Pa.
• Finished with a career-best seven tackles, including six solo stops, against Kennesaw State
• Five solo tackles, including two tackles for a loss at Monmouth
• Registered six tackles, including a three-yard sack, in season finale at Charleston Southern

2016 (R-So.):
• Competed in 11 games, making 10 starts at defensive tackle
• Totaled 19 tackles (five solo, 14 assisted), including 1.5 tackles for a loss and one sack
• Finished second on the team with two fumble recoveries
• Recorded three assisted tackles and recovered a fumble in season opener at Virginia Tech
• Tied then career high with three tackles (one solo, two assisted) against Gardner-Webb
• Posted two solo stops at Presbyterian, also recovering a fumble
• Made two solo tackles, including a three-yard sack, against No. 14 Charleston Southern

2015 (R-Fr.):
• Saw playing time in eight games
• Finished the year with seven tackles (two solo, five assisted)
• Recorded two assisted stops, including a tackle for a loss, in his first collegiate game against Delaware State
• Recorded a 19-yard sack and a quarterback hurry to help the Flames upend No. 7 Montana
• Assisted on two stops at Southern Illinois
• Finished with a solo stop against Georgia State, helping Liberty record the program's fourth all-time win over an FBS program

2014 (Fr.):
• Redshirted during the season

• Three-year letterwinner from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas
• Two-time all-district honoree
• Finished his sophomore season with 54 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and one forced fumble
• Recorded 68 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and five pass breakups as a junior
• Had a career year as a senior, finishing his final season at Ball with 78 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, five sacks, and four pass breakups
• Played basketball and participated in powerlifting

• Son of Frank and Betty Avery
• Father, Frank Avery Sr., played football at Texas State (1979-82) as a fullback
• His brother, Frank Avery Jr., played football at Texas A&M (2007-09) as a tight end
• Cousin, Kevin Hollis, played football at Kansas State (1984-85) as a cornerback
• Majoring in studio & digital arts: graphic design
• Birthday is Sept. 12