|57 Adhem Elsawi|
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A physically strong, sizeable and studious lineman who, along with fellow seniors Will Simmons and Jordan Davis, should serve as the anchor and leader of East Carolina's offensive front ... Has made an immediate impact during his first two active seasons on the Pirates' roster at both the guard and tackle slots despite missing five mid-season contests because of a left knee injury as a sophomore ... Will open final collegiate campaign as the starter at the right tackle position after manning the left side a year ago and remains a viable honors candidate at the conference, if not national, level ... A 2013 First-Team Preseason All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ... Stellar work ethic in strength program produced an ECU all-time position-best 670-pound lift in the back squat ... Also recorded 380-pound bench press and a 335-pound push jerk among notable lifts during the spring testing period ... Enrolled at ECU in the fall of 2010 but did not play because of transfer regulations after starting his career at nearby non-scholarship FCS member Campbell.
2012: An All-Conference USA selection by leagues coaches (honorable mention) ... Also earned 2012 C-USA All-Academic Team inclusion ... Started all 13 games at left tackle ... Key member of a line that helped produce five 100-yard rushing performances and four 300-yard passing contests ... Part of three games where ECU produced 550 or more yards of total offense (600/UAB, 550/UH, 555/MAR) ... Paved the way for a season-high 245 yards rushing against Houston ... Played pivotal role for an offensive unit that provided pass protection for Shane Carden's single-game passing record of 439 yards vs. Marshall ... Also provided running lanes for Vintavious Cooper's 1,049-yard season. Miscellaneous: A physically strong, sizeable and versatile lineman who has started all 20 career games played (5/LG, 15/LT) in the trenches ... Missed five games during sophomore season due to injury ... Helped provide pass protection for seven 300-yard passing games over the last two seasons ... Helped the Pirates garner a No. 20 national ranking in passing offense (286.1 ypg) in 2011.
2011: Played in and started seven games along the offensive line ... Suffered a left knee injury at Houston that kept him out of contests against Memphis, Navy, Tulane, Southern Miss and UTEP ... Prior to injury, started the first five games of the year at left guard ... After returning to the field, started final two games of the year as a right tackle ... Also served in blocking roles on the field goal and PAT units throughout the campaign ... Guided Pirates to a No. 20 national ranking in passing offense (286.1 yards per game) ... ECU finished second in Conference USA in passing offense and fifth in total offense (395.2 yards per game) ... Provided protection for ECU quarterbacks to throw for the second-most passing yards in program history (3,433) ... Provided space for ECU's season-best 186 rushing yards against UCF, the most since tallying 194 versus Marshall on Oct. 23, 2010 ... Provided pass protection for Dominique Davis to throw for a program single-game record 417 yards against North Carolina as the team averaged 10.2 yards per completion ... Assisted the Pirate offense to average 7.3 yards per play and 10.3 yards a catch against UAB ... Opened holes for Reggie Bullock to rush for a career-best 169 yards versus the Blazers ... Against South Carolina, provided pass protection for Davis to throw for 200 or more yards (260) for the 14th-straight game.
2010: As a redshirt, integrated himself to the Pirates' offensive packages and served as a valuable member of the scout team.
2009: Played in nine of 11 games as a freshman at Campbell ... Opened a total of six contests, the first and final five of the season.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and team captain at Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) High School ... A first-team all-area performer as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Selected to the all-state squad (fourth team) as a senior after helping guide team to a seven-win campaign ... Also lettered in basketball (center) and track (shot put) during prep career ... Owns school squat record with a lift of 550 pounds.
Personal: Full name is Adhem Montasser Elsawi ... Born June 12, 1991 at Glen Falls, N.Y. ... Son of Montasser and Valerie Elsawi ... Has six younger siblings - Khalid, Anisa, Aliya and Amira (twins), Mahdi and Gabreel ... Earned a bachelor's degree in biology during ECU's 2013 Spring Commencement Exercises ... Currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree in psychology ... Has aspirations to attend medical school after completion of football career ... Has been a distinguished student since enrolling at ECU, most recently earning Dean's List (2012 fall semester) and Chancellor's List (2013 spring semester) selection ... Was also the co-recipient of the football program's Jerry T. Brooks Academic Award for the 2012 season (along with Matt Milner) ... Lists chess, reading and basketball as hobbies of choice.