|45 Kevin Gidrey|
Will enter senior year in a transition role with the implementation of a new offensive scheme ... Spent spring drills in an acclimation mode, moving from a traditional tight end position to a situational inside "Big H" receiver slot ... Expected to continue battling for a starting position during preseason camp and into early portion of campaign ... Spent last two years firmly entrenched on the offensive two-deep as a starter at tight end, which also included play as the unit's fullback based on various schemes ... Has displayed the pass catching ability of a receiver, but work in strength and conditioning program also generated a prototype body style for blocking back position in previous offense ... Has also delivered reliable contributions as a key performer on various special teams squads during career ... Did not record statistics in the first spring scrimmage (April 3) but hauled in a pair of catches for 26 yards in the second matchup (April 10) ... Was held without a reception in the Purple-Gold Game (April 17).
2009: Played and started all 14 games at the tight end and/or fullback position as a junior ... Made nine receptions for 101 yards ... Had multiple catches in contests vs. Rice and Houston (two each) ... Established a career high with 31 reception yards against the Owls at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, which included a personal long of 26 ... Added 21 receiving yards vs. Cougars during the Conference USA Championship Game ... Enjoyed a run of catches in four-straight games midway through the season vs. SMU, Rice, Memphis and Virginia Tech ... Had single receptions against Mustangs (10 yards), Memphis (9) and Hokies (3) sandwiched around effort against Rice ... Made initial catch of season on the road at West Virginia for 20 yards in first quarter action ... Closed out campaign with a seven-yard reception against Arkansas in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Earned the offensive unit's Crunch Award, symbolic of the biggest hit of the season ... Also a member of the Victors Club (recipient of weekly performance award) for the offense.
2008: Made four catches for 26 yards and a score out of the backfield and tight end position during sophomore season ... Played in all 14 games and made seven starts ... Opened first three games and four of the last seven (three of last five) ... Recorded first career touchdown on a one-handed 13-yard catch from Patrick Pinkney to open the scoring against Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship Game ... Other receptions came against Virginia Tech (five yards), UAB (four) and Kentucky (four) in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Also booked only kickoff return of campaign (10 yards) against Golden Hurricane in league title contest while turning in only rush of season (two yards) vs. UTEP in regular season finale.
2007: Experienced action in all 13 games on special teams and in the Pirate backfield as a redshirt freshman ... Lined up at fullback or tight end in games against West Virginia, Houston, N.C. State, UAB, Memphis, Marshall and Tulane ... Was the lead blocker for Dominique Lindsay's three-yard TD run against the Blazers.
2006: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Made valuable contributions while learning offensive scheme during scout team tenure ... Officially signed with ECU program in February, 2006.
High School: A three-year letterman who played key role as Kempsville High School's top tight end in 2005 to help lead the Chiefs to an 8-2 record as a senior ... A two-way performer who also experienced action on the offensive unit as a running back ... Top defensive highlight included a 31-yard fumble return for a touchdown during KHS's 28-13 victory over Cox Nov. 10, 2005 ... An all-district selection in 2005 ... Also chosen to the Virginian Pilot All-Tidewater unit (second team) as a senior ... Earned a total of six varsity letters ... Picked up three additional monograms as a standout basketball athlete during his freshman, junior and senior seasons ... An Honor Roll performer in the classroom ... Coach was Jeff McGowan.
Personal: Full name is Kevin Michael Gidrey ... Born December 13, 1987 at New Orleans, La. ... Graduated during summer commencement exercises with a bachelor's degree in communications and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree ... Earned selection to the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.