|49 Jeremy Chambliss|
Perhaps ranks as one of the more underrated linebackers in Conference USA, but should content for league honors candidacy as a senior after continuing to elevate game during each of his first three seasons with the Pirate program ... Will open '09 campaign as the projected starter at one of the outside linebacking slots ... One of ECU's more versatile defensive performers with capabilities to play at middle linebacker as well ... Also has enjoyed a key role as a member of the special teams unit during his first three seasons ... Mixes plenty of athleticism with quickness and agility while also having a firm hand on coordinator Greg Hudson's schematic responsibilities ... Missed the early portion of spring drills (leg injury) but bounced back to play in both scrimmages (six tackles in 4/4, three on 4/8) and the Purple-Gold Game (three stops, pass breakup on 4/18) ... Earned position's "distinction of outstanding attitude, effort and leadership" award at the close of spring practice.
2008: Stood fifth on unit with 60 overall tackles in 14 games from his outside linebacking position ... Started a total of nine contests, which included the first five and the last three of the season ... Made a career-high 11 stops against Houston on Sept. 27, added a team-high eight against Marshall before opening the post-season with six each against Tulsa and Kentucky ... Netted a sack against West Virginia at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium during the Pirates' 24-3 victory, dropping Pat White for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter and helping the Pirates hold the Mountaineer All-America performer to just 72 passing yards ... Also credited with 6.0 tackles for lost yardage (season-high two vs. UCF) ... Had a pair of pass breakups against Southern Miss and vs. Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Booked other six-tackle efforts against Virginia Tech, Tulane and N.C. State.
2007: Started four of 11 games played at linebacker ... Missed regular season battles against Houston and Tulane because of injury ... Recorded 38 total stops (20 solo, 18 assists), which ranked 12th on the team ... Part of a defensive front that held four opponents to 80 yards or less rushing (VT/33, UNC/79, NCSU/49, Memphis/77) ... First career interception (17-yard return) came against in-state rival N.C. State in first-ever start ... Recorded a then career-high six tackles against UTEP ... Collected four or more tackles on four occasions (6/UTEP, 4/Memphis, 5/Marshall and 4/Boise State) ... Also caused and recovered his first career fumble (four-yard return) in the fourth quarter against Broncos during the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
2006: Gained valuable experience playing in 12 games as a reserve linebacker and member of special teams ... Had four total stops (all solo) and one tackle for lost yardage (-1 yard vs. SMU), all coming from the linebacker position ... Made collegiate debut in Annapolis against Navy and promptly delivered a season-high tackle total (two) ... First career stop came on a third-and-10 play in the second quarter ...Other tackle came in road battle against Rice (third quarter) ... Experienced play in the Papajohns.com Bowl at Legion Field, but did not record any statistics vs. USF.
2005: Redshirted during initial year in Pirate program ... Lauded by coaching staff for tireless efforts on scout team roster, preparing ECU's offensive unit on a weekly basis ... Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2005.
High School: Played key role in the turn-around of the Douglass High School program, helping the Astros to a combined 18-5 record as a junior and senior after an 8-12-1 mark in 2001 and 2002 ... Guided DHS to a 10-2 mark and a Region 2-AAAAA championship (7-0) in 2004 ... Opened the playoffs with a 32-27 win over East Coweta High School before bowing out to perennial state power Valdosta (38-33) ... Keyed a defensive unit which surrendered just 9.6 points per game during region play (10.5 ppg during regular season) while allowing seven points or less in a game on four occasions ... Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's All-Metro squad as a senior strong safety ... Voted as a team captain in 2004 for coach Gary Cantrell's team ... Led Astros to an 8-3 ledger and a first-round playoff appearance in 2003 ... One of the top prep track and field athletes in Georgia, advancing to the state title meet in the 400-meter dash (48.0) ... Turned in a 47.2 split in the 4x400m relay ... Power numbers included a 275-pound bench press and a 365-pound squat lift.
Personal: Full name is Jeremy William Chambliss ... Born October 24, 1986 ... Major is business and information technology education.