'14 Intro: LB Michael Courville

Michael Courville

Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.) is getting accustomed to making deep runs in the Class 4A bracket each year, and the Rebels will rely on OLB Michael Courville (78 tackles, five interceptions) to shut down opponents this fall. Read further to learn more about Courville, who has a 4.6 speed to go along with a nose for the football.

Michael Courville is ready for the 2012 season to get started.

"Hopefully I'll be making lots of plays to help my team like Tyrann Mathieu does for LSU," he said. "We're having great team workouts this summer. I go to four workouts at 6:30 A.M. each week. Our team played in the UL (Ragin' Cajuns) 7-on-7 (tournament) and did well.

"I just got back from McNeese (State) camp. It was a great camp. There were a lot of good players there, and I feel like I did well."

Courville (5-10, 195) talked about his recruitment.

"My dream is to go to LSU," he said. "I've been going to LSU games since I was two years old. If LSU offered, I wouldn't have to think about it for long. I would probably commit on the spot.

"I like UL a lot. I really like what they're doing. I got a letter in the mail from Coach (Lance) Guidry at Western Kentucky. I've known him for awhile. He and my dad coached together at Carencro. My dad is the inside linebackers coach of our (Teurlings) team, and he's also the strength and conditioning coach."

Courville is also hearing from Coach (Justin) Gaines at North Texas.

He forced four fumbles and had a dozen passes broken up last year, and Courville made a huge play in Teurlings Catholic's overtime win over O.P. Walker in the second round of the Class 4A bracket.

Teurlings defeated O.P. Walker, 35-34. After the Rebels scored first in OT (and booted the PAT), O.P. Walker took possession and also scored.

The Chargers went for the win and threw to the left corner of the end zone, but Courville had the RB covered out of the flat and the pass fell incomplete.

Teurlings trailed early in that contest but rallied for the W.

"It was hard coming back," said Courville (the Rebels trailed, 28-14, before bouncing back behind QB D'Shaie Landor and WR Dylan Bossier).

"They were up pretty big. We had to make our share of stops on defense, and we eventually got the momentum."

Courville says the Rebels should be stout on defense this fall.

"We have nine starters back on defense - and seven or eight on offense," he said. "We have an experienced team, and I think that will help us in district. St. Thomas More (cross-town rival) lost 20 starters, while we only lost five or six. "

Courville's plan is to put in a full year of work in preparation for LSU camp next summer. He has also been invited to camp at Houston.

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