Furman: Aggressive, consensus first team All-Southern Conference performer who excels at the rover position, which last year was renamed from the former strong safety post in the Paladins' new 4-2-5 defensive scheme...will join senior bandit Julian Hicks in helping anchor a Paladin secondary that will feature three new starters this fall. 2008 -- Fashioned a strong inaugural campaign as a starter, racking up 86 tackles and a team leading four interceptions (along with William Middleton) en route to earning consensus first team All-Southern Conference honors in separate balloting by SoCon head coaches & media...strong play helped Furman record consistent defensive improvement in its first season in the 4-2-5 alignment...notched season high 10-tackle performances against sixth-ranked Delaware (23-21 win), Western Carolina (28-21 win), and Appalachian State....recorded interceptions against both Delaware and Western Carolina...pickoff versus the Catamounts was returned 36 yards...had nine tackles and a 15-yard interception return versus Georgia Southern. 2007 -- Saw his first action as a backup at strong safety and member of special teams...earned playing time in 10 games...totaled 13 tackles, including two for-loss, and a sack...sack came against Coastal Carolina (27-17 win)....collected a season high four tackles, including one for a loss of 11 yards versus Presbyterian (40-16 win)...had a pair of tackles and two pass breakups against 14th-ranked Elon (52-49 win). 2006 -- Member of scout team...awarded redshirt and extra year of eligibility.
High School: 2006 graduate of Hoover (6A) High School...football coach was Rush Propst...high school senior season was featured in MTV hit series "Two-A-Days"...played safety and cornerback and also punted...racked up 183 tackles, nine interceptions, three touchdowns during his career, helping Hoover to a 43-2 record and three state championships in his three varsity campaigns...two-year captain and two-time all-state, all-metro, and all-over-the-mountain selection...totaled 85 tackles, three interceptions, and a touchdown as part of a 14-1 state championship campaign in 2005...squad was ranked seventh nationally by USA Today and played in first national high school game televised by ESPN...selected to play in the prestigious 2005 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game...registered 53 tackles, five interceptions, and two touchdowns in 2004, helping Hoover to a 15-0 season, state championship, and a USA Today No. 4 final national ranking...named MVP of the North-South All-Star Game...registered 35 tackles and an interception on a 2003 Hoover state title team that went 14-1 and was ranked 12th nationally in USA Today final poll...also starred in baseball as a centerfielder.
Personal: Full name is Maxwell Sanos Lerner...son of Jim and Cindy Counts...born September 8, 1987, in Birmingham, Alabama...has four siblings: Alexandra, Jason, Megan, Chris, and Wyatt...health & exercise science major.