|27 James Craig|
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A dedicated and passionate former walk-on who hopes to continue his rise on the defensive two-deep after providing significant contributions to the Pirate program as a special teams stalwart during sophomore and junior seasons ... Closed spring drills by earning a place on the depth chart as a reserve at one of the outside linebacking positions, but will also likely serve in a leadership role on various special teams squads for the third consecutive year ... Has benefitted significantly from a tireless work ethic in the strength and conditioning program, ranking among ECU's best in jerk wattage (1,300), vertical jump (36.5") and broad jump (9'4.5) ... Originally earned a roster position as a walk-on in the spring of 2009 under the previous coaching staff.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Served as a valuable member of the special teams units for the second-straight season ... Appeared in nine games, missing the UAB, North Carolina and Houston contests due to a right knee injury ... Tallied three tackles during the campaign, all assists on kickoff returns ... Tied for seventh on the squad in kickoff return stops and eighth in special teams hits ... Brought down Navy's Marcus Thomas after a 22-yard runback in the second quarter ... A week later against Tulane, stopped Robert Kelley following a 14-yard return during the third frame ... Made season's final tackle in the second quarter versus UCF, knocking down Quincy McDuffie after an eight-yard runback.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: A reliable member of the special teams' unit, specifically kickoff coverage, who earned first varsity letter and played in all 13 games ... Totaled eight tackles with a trio of solo stops ... Ranked sixth on the squad with eight special teams hits, all on kickoff returns ... Recorded solo hits versus N.C. State, Navy and Rice and assists against Memphis, Marshall, UAB, SMU and Maryland ... Also served as a member of the defensive scout team and received the Rick Bankston Memorial Award for his outstanding and unselfish efforts on the squad.
2009 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Played in two games as a redshirt freshman during first fall on the ECU roster ... Experienced action against Rice and UAB, Conference USA contests which were both played at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Was not credited with any statistics.
High School: A two-year letterman for coach Greg Kendall at Godwin High School ... Helped Eagles to an 8-2 record as a senior and a 6-4 mark as a junior, but came up short for post-season qualification in both seasons ... A game-winning reception on a two-point conversion against Patrick Henry was nominated for the VHSL "Play-of-the-Year" ... Named to the Colonial District All-Academic Team during senior year.
Personal: Full name is James Ross Craig ... Born October 26, 1989 at Richmond, Va. ... Son of Barry and Lisa Craig ... A health fitness specialist major ... Earned selection to the spring (2011 and 2012) Honor Roll for work in the classroom ... Hobbies include working out, movies and cooking ... Cites Greenville and Pirate fan base as best thing about the ECU football program ... Has a desire to travel around Europe after graduation ... Lists parents and mentor/trainer Reed Kagan as most influential people on his career.