All-Atlantic 10 Conference candidate ? Will serve as one of UMass? co-captains this season ? Two-year starter at outside linebacker, who looks to move to inside linebacker this season ? Outstanding player with great athleticism and physical toughness ? Moved from the defensive backfield to linebacker during the spring of 1999 ? Has also been a contributor on special teams ? Has played in 32 career games, starting 26 times.
2001: Played in 10 games at outside linebacker, starting every time ? Missed the Maine game due to injury ? Ranked fifth on the team with 68 total tackles on the season, including 41 solo stops ? Also had six tackles for loss, an interception, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries ? Made nine tackles in the victory over Rhode Island, with one tackle for loss ? Totaled nine tackles, two fumble recoveries and a tackle for loss in the win over Northeastern ? Had nine tackles with one tackle for loss and a pass breakup at Villanova ? Recorded four tackles and two pass breakups in the victory over James Madison ? Totaled 10 tackles and two quarterback hurries at Hofstra ? Led the team with a career-high 14 total tackles at Delaware, to go along with a forced fumble and two tackles for loss ? Recorded six tackles against William & Mary in the season opener, with one tackle for loss and one interception which he returned for 27 yards ? Named to the Dean?s List and the Athletic Director?s Honor Roll in the spring semester.
2000: Played in every game of the season at outside linebacker, starting 10 times ? Made 49 total tackles on the season, with five tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles ? Had three tackles at Rhode Island ? Made two tackles and forced a fumble against Delaware ? Had six tackles against AIC with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble ? Made nine tackles in victory at Northeastern ? Had eight tackles against Hofstra ? Totaled seven tackles against New Haven, with three tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery ? Made five tackles at Richmond.
1999: The top reserve for the Minutemen at outside linebacker ? Played in 11 games, starting six times (against Northeastern, Maine, Delaware, Rhode Island, Richmond and William & Mary) ? Ranked ninth on the team in tackles with 46 ? Also had eight tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions ? Had four tackles at William & Mary, including one tackle for loss ? Totaled five tackles and a pass breakup at Richmond ? Had eight tackles against Rhode Island, while also forcing a fumble and making a sack for 10 yards ? Tied his season-high with 10 tackles in the victory at Delaware, including three fourth-quarter sacks for 20 yards ? Named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and the ECAC / Budget Division I-AA Rookie of the Week following the Delaware game ? Recorded a season-high 10 tackles at Maine, including one for loss ? Intercepted two passes against Northeastern, one of which he returned 37 yards for a touchdown, while also making one tackle ? Named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week following the Northeastern game ? Had four tackles against New Hampshire in his first collegiate game, including one for loss.
1998: Redshirted ? Named to the Athletic Director?s Honor Roll in the fall semester.
Before UMass: Played for Mike Pettine at Central Bucks West High School, one of the nation?s top high school football programs ? Started at quarterback and defensive back in high school ? Led Central Bucks West to a perfect 15-0 record and the Pennsylvania state championship during his senior season ? His high school was ranked No. 4 in the final USA Today national rankings ? First team All-State pick as a defensive back by the Associated Press as a senior ? First team All-Philadelphia Area and All-Suburban 1 Power 10 League selection during his senior season ? Recorded 81 tackles (42 solo) with three interceptions as a senior ? Ran for 1,090 yards and 13 touchdowns and passed for 718 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior campaign ? Participated in the Bucks County All-Star Game after his senior season.
Personal: Full name is Corey Ryan Potter ? Son of Colleen and Michael Potter ? Born April 29, 1980, in Doylestown, Pa. ? Attended the same high school as senior tight end Greg Ward ? Majoring in Sociology.
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