Defensive back Avery Showell was a quality rotational player for the Jackets deep secondary in 2019.
Atlanta native Avery Showell finished up his redshirt sophomore season for the Georgia Tech football program. The former three-star recruit out of Cartersville came to The Flats after being one of Trevor Lawrence’s favorite weapons on offense during their high school career. That led some to believe there was a chance that Showell would see time on offense in 2019.
We’ll be honest, we’re not sure if Showell did play on offense in 2019, if he did, please let us know. That being said, Showell was seen quite a bit on the defensive side of the ball in 2019 and played in 10 games for the Jackets this past season. In those 10 games, Showell recorded 16 total tackles on the season and one pass deflection.
Showell’s best game of the season came against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. In the Jackets 28-26 win over a desperate NC State team, Showell had a career day, putting up five tackles and one pass deflection in the game.
Overall, Showell put together a solid season as a key reserve for the Jackets in 2019. He’s not a flashy talent but when he’s in, he’s a solid contributor who is reliable enough to make smart plays and not usually get beat terribly.
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Showell is currently expected to return in 2020 for his redshirt junior season on The Flats. Barring a decision to transfer, Showell in 2020 will be part of a deep and talented defensive backs group for the Yellow Jackets next season. Showell will most likely be a key rotation member of that group seeing his fair share of playing time. Like this year, there’s always a chance that Showell also plays a bit on the offensive side of the ball for the Jackets.