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    Raheem Covington
    Raheem Covington

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Pine Hill, N.J.

    High School:
    Overbrook

    Height / Weight:
    5-9 / 180

    Position:
    DB

    Birthdate:
    12/27/1979



    General: Started his final 36 games at Northwestern ... Closed career with 24 breakups (second all-time) and seven interceptions (ninth all-time) ... Emerged as one of the defense's leaders, especially in the secondary ... Cousin of Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne.

    2002: Only senior to start every game on the defensive side of the ball ... Started all 12 games ... Rashidi Wheeler Award recipient ... Led NU and ranked third in Big Ten in interceptions (four) ... Had one of his top NU performances at Michigan State: totaled six tackles (four solos), two interceptions and two pass deflections at Michigan State ... Both interceptions came while defending All-America Charles Rogers ... Led by Covington, NU's defense held the Big Ten's leader in receiving yardage to just three receptions, 53 receiving yards and one TD (last year, NU held Rogers to five catches for 68 yards and no TDs-his last game without a TD reception) ... Followed up that effort with four tackles and two pass breakups vs. Ohio State ... Closed career with another strong outing: two solo tackles, a 17-yard interception return and four breakups vs. Illinois ... Knocked out of Air Force game with a first-quarter concussion ... Totaled two solo tackles before leaving ... Came back vs. TCU and notched five tackles, including a career-best three TFL ... Coming into 2002 season, he had never recorded a TFL ... Four solo hits and a QB hurry vs. Duke ... Two solo tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup at Navy ... Three tackles at Minnesota ... picked up his third interception of the year at Penn State ... Also had three solo hits and a pass breakup ... Equaled a season-high with six tackles (five solos) vs. Purdue ... Also had six hits vs. Indiana ... Seven solo tackles at Iowa.

    2001: Started all 11 games at cornerback ... Co-leader among defensive backs with 55 tackles and two interceptions ... Ranked second in pass deflections with nine ... Notched a season-high 11 tackles (eight solos) and a forced fumble vs. Iowa ... Totaled 10 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and a pass deflection against Illinois ... Picked off his season's first pass against Minnesota on Oct. 13 ... Six tackles vs. Michigan State ... Six hits vs. Penn State ... Two tackles and a forced fumble at Purdue ... Eight tackles, a forced fumble and three pass deflections vs. Bowling Green ... Earned three Defensive Championship mentions -- Duke, Michigan State and Minnesota.

    2000: Started all 12 games at cornerback ... Fifth on team with 81 tackles, 67 solo ... Intercepted a pass vs. Duke ... Had four pass breakups ... Recovered a fumble vs. Michigan ... Totaled a season-high 13 tackles (a career-high total through his junior season) in season-opening win vs. Northern Illinois ... Northwestern Gridiron Network Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

    1999: Saw action in 10 games ... Blocked a punt against Duke ... Recorded 15 tackles, including 13 solo ... Broke up two passes.

    1998: Redshirted ... Named rookie champion for the Rice game.

    High School: All-conference ... All-Group A ... Struggled with injuries his senior season, but averaged 9.5 yards per carry, rushed for 15 touchdowns, returned two kickoffs and two punts for scores, and intercepted six passes ... Lettered nine times as a prep (4--football, 3--track, 2--basketball) ... All-conference and All-Group A for track ... Recorded a 23-foot long jump and ran the high hurdles in 14.3 ... Honor roll member ... High school coach was Harvey Miller

    Personal: Born Raheem Holmes Covington on 12/27/79 ... Son of Kyle and Denise Covington ... Cousin Damien Covington was a defensive back for the Buffalo Bills ... Communication studies major.

    Covington's Career Stats

    Year          GP     ST     AT     TT     TFL     INT     PBU     FR     FF     SACK
    1998          1      0      0      0      0-0     0-0     0       0      0      0-0
    1999          10     13     2      15     0-0     0-0     2       0      0      0-0
    2000          12     67     14     81     0-0     1-10    4       1      0      0-0
    2001          11     42     13     55     0-0     2-0     11      0      4      0-0
    2002          12     42     8      50     3-5     4-17    13      1      0      0-0
    TOTALS        46     164    37     201    3-5     7-27    30      2      4      0-0