Sophomore Justin Jones Catches Three Touchdown Passes
Game Kicks Off At 4:00 p.m. Saturday
Pirates-Midshipmen Set For 3:30 p.m. Kickoff
Dominique Davis Throws For Three Touchdowns In Victory
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Memphis Game
Expected to open senior season playing his third different position in the Pirate secondary after making the move to the field cornerback slot prior to spring drills ... Opened career as a strong safety before turning in an admirable performance as a free safety in 2010 ... Coaches lauded work ethic, attitude and assignment detail during the transition to new home during the spring, earning starter's designation heading into fall camp ... Brings a battle-tested mindset to the backfield after getting thrown into the fire as a sophomore with early season starts at West Virginia and North Carolina because of injuries to other personnel ... In addition, could be asked to play another integral role on special teams unit for a fourth-straight year ... Was among the unit leaders with seven tackles in the first spring scrimmage (April 2) ... Also picked off a pass and recorded a breakup in the opener ... Tallied a pair of stops in the second contest (April 9) before adding four tackles in the Purple-Gold Game (April 16).
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Played in all 14 games and made starts in road tilts against Mountaineers and Tar Heels ... Tallied a total of 16 tackles, which included eight solo hits ... Made four stops in special teams roles ... Registered at least one tackle in nine of 14 contests ... Opened campaign with four tackles in a reserve role against Appalachian State ... Booked three stops (two solo) in first collegiate start at West Virginia Sept. 12 ... Other multiple-tackle efforts came against Marshall and Houston in the C-USA Championship Game ... Logged single hits vs. North Carolina, UCF, Rice, Virginia Tech and Arkansas in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Stop against Razorbacks came on opening kickoff return. 2008 Game-by-Game Statistics
2008: Played in 13 of 14 games as a redshirt freshman special teams performer ... Also experienced action in four games (Memphis, UTEP, Tulsa and Kentucky) as a member of the Pirates' secondary unit ... Recorded eight total tackles (three solo), five coming on special teams play (seventh on unit) ... First collegiate action came in season opener against No. 17 Virginia Tech ... Credited with first career stop at Tulane (solo) before booking three tackles vs. Memphis ... Other multiple-stop eff ort came against Tulsa (two) in the Conference USA Championship Game ... Also tallied single hits vs. UTEP and Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
2007: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: A four-year letterman and three-year starter who starred as a safety and cornerback for Dudley High School ... Earned 2006 Triad 3-A Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors after netting 61 tackles, nine pass deflections, a pair of sacks and seven interceptions as a senior ... Booked 62 stops and three interceptions for the Panthers as a junior ... Filled special teams role as one of program's top returners, bringing back two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2005 ... Wrapped up prep career with three interception returns for scores ... Responded positively to perhaps toughest assignment of career, holding North Carolina's top-rated receiver Dwight Jones (Cummings HS) to only 53 reception yards ... Coach was Steven Davis ... Ranked No. 56 on the ESPN Recruit Tracker among all national cornerbacks ... Has recorded a time of 4.4 in the 40-yard dash ... Possesses a 29.0" vertical leap ... Also earned three letters as a track standout, competing primarily in the 100-meter, 200-meter and relay events.
Personal: Full name is Derek Deontay Blacknall ... Born February 8, 1989 at Greensboro, N.C. ... Major is family community services ... Son of Diana Bass and step-father John Bass.