As a Senior (2008): Played in 12 games at LEO, starting nine ... tied for third on the team in sacks (2.5) ... notched five tackles (three solo) against Delaware (8/30) ... had a season-high six tackles (four solo) and one-half sack vs. Eastern Michigan (9/20) ... added five tackles at Virginia (10/4) ... tallied four tackles, including one sack, against Wake Forest (10/18) ... accounted for one sack and his first PBU of the season vs. North Carolina (11/15) ... did not play vs. Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl (12/30).
As a Junior (2007): Started all 13 regular-season games ... posted a career-high 43 tackles on the season ... also had two sacks ... an Iron Terp in spring testing with the third-highest strength index among outside linebackers ... (vs. Villanova) ... started and recorded three tackles ... helped defense limit the Wildcats to 28 yards in the second half ... (vs. FIU) ... recorded three tackles, including an assist on a tackle for a loss of one yard ... also recorded a pass breakup ... part of a defensive effort that limited FIU to 81 yards passing and 82 yards rushing ... (vs. WVU) ... had three tackles ... (vs. WF) ... recorded two solo tackles, including one for a loss ... (vs. Rutgers) ... had two tackles ... (vs. GT) ... recorded four tackles ... (vs. UVA) ... had seven tackles ... (vs. Clemson) ... started and made one tackle ... (vs. UNC) ... made three tackles, including one for a loss of a yard ... (vs. BC) ... had one tackle ... (vs. FSU) ... recorded two tackles ... (vs. NCSU) ... made two tackles ... (vs. OSU, Emerald Bowl) ... matched his career high with nine tackles, including a career-best eight solo stops ... equaled his career high with two sacks.
As a Sophomore (2006): Started 12 of 13 games at LEO ... ranked 10th on the team in tackles with 41 ... tied for fourth on the squad with three pass breakups and tied for third with one interception ... (vs. W&M) ... notched five total tackles and one pass breakup ... (vs. WVU) ... posted seven tackles, four solo, a half-sack and a pass breakup ... (vs. GT) ... played but did not start, snapping a string of 13 straight starts ... (vs. UVA) ... recorded four tackles (three solo) ... (vs. NCSU) ... notched two tackles (one solo) ... the solo tackle was an 8-yard sack ... (vs. Clemson) ... posted a season-high eight tackles (five solo) ... (vs. Miami) ... made a key interception, the first of his career, in the fourth quarter ... also notched seven tackles (three solo) and a pass breakup ... (vs. WF) ... notched seven tackles (two solo) ... (vs. PU, Champs Sports Bowl) ... tallied one tackle in the victory.
As a Redshirt Freshman (2005): Played in all 11 games, starting the final nine at LEO ... finished the season with 39 tackles (15 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and three passes batted down ... (vs. Navy) ... recorded two tackles in first college game ... (vs. WVU) ... made first career start at defensive end ... finished with a career-high nine tackles, including five unassisted ... (at WFU) ... recorded four tackles and one pass breakup ... brought down QB Ben Mauk behind the line of scrimmage with :37 seconds to go in the first half for his first career sack ... named ACC Rookie of the Week ... (vs. UVA) ... finished with four tackles, including a career-high two sacks ... sacked Marques Hagans from behind to set up third-and-15 in the second quarter ... sacked Hagans again to set up a fourth down late in the first half ... (vs. VT) ... matched a career-best with nine tackles, including three unassisted ... teamed with Jeremy Navarre to stop the Virginia Tech ball carrier for a loss in the first quarter ... (at NCSU) ... registered three tackles, including one for a loss.
As a Freshman (2004): Redshirt season ... defensive scout team player of the year ... named defensive scout team player of the week for his work in practice leading up to the Northern Illinois and Florida State games.
At Greenbelt High School: A three-year letterwinner and starter ... finished his senior season with 112 tackles, 19 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one blocked punt and two batted-down passes ...recorded 92 tackles, 13 sacks, 17 TFLs and two interceptions as a junior ... an all-state selection by the Associated Press ... first team All-Met by The Washington Post ... named to the PrepStar "Dream Team" as one of the best 150 players in the country ... a SuperPrep All-American who was rated as the fifth-best player overall in the Mid-Atlantic region ... named to George Michael's "Golden 11" team ... team posted a 12-1 record in 2003, losing its only game of the season in the 4A state semifinals ... also lettered one year in wrestling and basketball ... was recruited by Colorado, Tennessee, Virginia, Syracuse, UCLA and Boston College, among others ... coached by Rick Houchens.
Personal: Born Nov. 23, 1986 ... parents are George and Deborah Covington ... given first name is George ... carried better than a 3.0 grade-point average in high school ... worked an internship his senior year of high school with the Department of Agriculture ... graduated in Dec. 2008 with a degree in kinesiology.
Covington's Career Statistics
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks FC FR PBU Int. 2005 11-9 15 24 39 5.5-24 3.0-14 0 0 3 0 2006 13-12 13 28 41 1.5-8 1.5-8 0 0 3 1-0 2007 13-13 20 23 43 4.5-10 2.0-7 0 1 1 0-0 2008 12-9 22 16 38 3.0-8 2.5-8 0 0 1 0-0 Career 49-43 70 91 161 14.5-50 9.0-37 0 1 8 1-0
bio updated 02-18-09