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#4 Avery Sebastian
Position: Safety
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
Hometown: McDonough, GA
High School: Eagle's Landing Christian HS
Experience: 2 Letters
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Sebastian is expected to return to action in 2014 after missing nearly all of the 2013 campaign with a season-ending injury he suffered in the second quarter of the season-opener vs. Northwestern. Sebastian had claimed a full-time role as a starting safety in 2013 after starting four games at the position in 2012 but saw most of his action over his first two campaigns on special teams. His 75 career tackles in 24 games played and five starts rank third on Cal’s active career list.

Career Stats
Game Logs: 20142013 | 2012 | 2011
 
Cal Career (2011 – Present)
► Has played in 24 games primarily on special teams but also with five starts at safety and in a reserve role at the position over his first three seasons with the program despite missing all but most of the first half of the season-opening contest of his 2013 junior campaign due to injury
► Has recorded 75 tackles to rank third on Cal’s active career list, while adding 2.0 tackle for loss (-7 yards), one interception that ties for second among Cal’s active leaders, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry
► Has led Cal in tackles three times with a career-high 14 as a 2012 sophomore vs. Arizona State, 10 stops along with his lone career interception in less than one half of action in the season-opening game of his 2013 junior season vs. Northwestern, and 10 at Utah when he also had career bests of 1.0 tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry with his lone career pass breakup vs. Oregon both during sophomore campaign
► Changed his last name from Walls to Sebastian when he turned 18 years of age prior to the 2011 season
 
Junior (2014)
► Listed as a starter at one safety spot on the preseason depth chart
► Limited during spring practices due to injury
► Had four tackles in the spring game
 
Junior (2013)
► Started the lone game he played at strong safety in the team’s season-opener vs. Northwestern and recorded a game-high-tying and team-high 10 tackles as well as one interception that tied for the team’s season lead in addition to 0.5 tackles for loss (-2 yards) before suffering a season-ending injury in the second quarter
► Ranked the No. 33 draft eligible free safety by Phil Steele prior to the season
► Recorded a game-high-tying six tackles in the spring game

Sophomore (2012)
► Played in 11 games with four starts at safety, while also seeing extensive action on special teams as an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection among non-returners and kickers
► Recorded 56 tackles to rank fifth on the team, while adding 1.5 tackles for loss (-5 yards), one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry
► Ranked 45th in the Pac-12 with an average of 5.1 stops per game
► Registered a career-high, team season-high and game-high 14 tackles as well as one quarterback hurry vs. Arizona State to earn his first career start the following contest vs. UCLA
► Had a game-high 10 tackles at Utah while adding a career-high 1.0 tackle for loss (career-high -4 yards)
► Had nine tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) and his first career pass breakup in the season finale at Oregon State
► Posted six tackles in his first career start in a victory over Pac-12 South Division champion UCLA, four stops at Washington State, three tackles vs. Stanford and vs. Washington, two stops in the season opener vs. Nevada, vs. Southern Utah and at USC, and one at Ohio State
► Led Cal in tackles twice vs. Arizona State and at Utah
► Had four tackles and registered the only interception in the spring game

Freshman (2011)
► Played in 12 games off the bench primarily as a key special teams player and also a reserve safety
► Recorded nine tackles
► Had a season-high four stops in the regular-season finale at Arizona State
► Posted two tackles vs. USC and one each in the season opener vs. Fresno State, at UCLA and in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas
► Named the nation’s No. 17 defensive back recruit and the No. 30 overall Pac-12 recruit by Athlon prior to the season, as well as the No. 25 freshman defensive back according to Phil Steele
► A mid-year enrollee for the spring semester who participated with the team during spring practices
 
Eagle’s Landing Christian HS (Class of 2011)
► Played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his 2010 senior campaign at Eagle’s Landing Christian
► Picked up All-American honors from both SuperPrep and Prepstar as a senior when he made 55 tackles and picked off three passes defensively, while rushing for 434 yards and seven scores on 49 carries on the offensive side of the ball for an 11-1 squad that was a perfect 6-0 in conference games to win the A Region 5 South title
► Named to the US Under-19 National Team by USA Football following his senior campaign and played in the International Bowl in February of 2011 against 45 of the world's best players outside the United States
► Posted a strong statistical season defensively as a junior in 2009 at Union Grove with 104 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries including one which he brought back for a touchdown
► Graduated from high school in three and a half years

Recruiting Rankings (Class of 2011)
► Listed among the nation's top safeties by ESPN (No. 6) and Rivals (No. 8), as well as the nation's best defensive backs according to SuperPrep (No. 46)
► Ranked among the nation's top players overall according to ESPN (No. 68), Tom Lemming (No. 141) and Rivals (No. 159)
► No. 8 on Rivals national list of "top 10 headhunters"
► Ranked as Georgia's No. 14 player overall according to Rivals and checked in at No. 16 on the SuperPrep list
► Received four-plus stars from Tom Lemming, as well as four from ESPN and Rivals, and three by Scout

Other
► Full name is Avery Joseph Sebastian
► Born September 11, 1993
► Mother is Yvonne Sebastian
► Major is sociology

Sebastian's Career Game Highs
Tackles: 14 (vs. Arizona State, 2012)
Tackles For Loss: 1.0 (at Utah, 2012)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 4 (at Utah, 2012)
Quarterback Hurries: 1 (vs. Arizona State, 2012)
Pass Breakups: 1 (vs. Oregon, 2012)

Last Updated
August 25, 2014

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