As Avery Sebastian prepares to take the field at Notre Dame, he sets an example for young football players on how to balance academics and athletics
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(C+P) — Coming from the University of California – Berkeley, Avery Sebastian is ready to start playing Notre Dame Football for the Fighting Irish this fall. Sebastian will also be attending graduate school at Notre Dame as well.
After obtaining his degree in sociology from the University of California – Berkeley in December 2014, Sebastian is ready to bring his Defensive power to Notre Dame starting in June.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly tells that Avery Sebastian is an “experienced and versatile player.” Kelly also goes on to say “He played safety and contributed on every special teams unit over his career at California. Avery gives us some additional depth in the secondary and also brings a work ethic and excitement to compete that will build throughout the team.”
Kelly believes that Sebastian will help their football team right away, but he says that “more important, he is the type of young man that we want in this program.” Kelly says that the way Sebastian carries himself both on and off-field indicates that he’s a highly unique player when compared to the majority. The way Sebastian is committed to his studies, as well as his skill on the field, shows that he’s no ordinary player.
Sebastian is grateful for the chance he’s received to play with Notre Dame. He believes that “academically, spiritually, and athletically will make Notre Dame a perfect fit.” He goes on to say that he has one year to achieve his goals and make an impact. Needless to say, Sebastian is looking forward to showing Notre Dame his ability in football.
Sebastian is “eager to meet his teammates,” and he hopes this year will turn out better than the year before. His hope is to “field one of college football’s best teams this upcoming year.” With Sebastian’s “veteran experience in the secondary, and familiarity with multiple defenses and opposing offenses.” We’ll just have to wait and see how his playing style affects Notre Dame’s lineup.
Having played in 33 games for the Golden Bears alone, Sebastian has also made six starts at safety, recorded 96 career tackles, 51 solo stops, three passes defended, two interceptions, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
Being listed one of the nation’s top safeties by ESPN at No.6 and Rivals at No. 8, and even as one of the nation’s best defensive backs according to SuperPrep at No.46, Sebastian is ranked one of the top players in the nation by ESPN at No. 68, Tom Lemming at No. 141, and Rivals at No. 159. In addition to all this, he was Georgia’s 14th best player overall according to Rivals and also checked in at No.16 on the SuperPrep list.
Sebastian is also a graduate of Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia and played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.