78  Eric Graham
Eric Graham

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Richlands, N.C.

High School:
Richlands

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 325

Position:
Offensive Line

Birthdate:
04/20/1984

Experience:
2L


One of the top returning offensive linemen in Conference USA ... A mainstay on the line who undoubtedly is the most consistent returning starter in the trenches ... Will take on a heightened leadership role as he continues status as a full-time starter during senior campaign, opening fall drills as the clear favorite at the left tackle position ... Lauded for impressive strength numbers, work ethic and steadiness while also becoming a popular choice with the media and a fan favorite ... Has gained a firm grasp of blocking schemes in offensive system ... Named to the 2006 Preseason All-Conference USA squad by Phil Steele Magazine ... Will look to extend a streak of 22 straight starts in 2006.

2005: Started and played in all 11 games ... Opened 10 contests at left tackle and one at left guard (Wake Forest) ... Led offensive line with 65.0 knock-down blocks (5.9 kpg) ... Established a new career-best with a pair of 12-knock down block performances (vs. WVU and UCF) ... Participated in a total of 761 plays ... Recipient of unit's Effort Award (offense) ... vs. Duke (9/3): Topped team with five knock-downs in 56 plays vs. Duke ... Graded out a team-best 75.0 percent ... vs. Wake Forest (9/17): Moved over to left guard and started on an offensive line that protected the blindside for QB James Pinkney's third-best passing performance of his career (292 yards) ... Played in 65 snaps and logged three knock-down blocks ... vs. West Virginia (9/24): Moved back to left tackle against the Mountaineers and perhaps enjoyed the top performance of career ... Played in all 77 offensive plays and logged a career-best 12 knock-down blocks ... Earned a 75% grade, among leaders on line ... vs. Southern Miss (10/1): Appeared on the Pirates' offensive front as the starting left tackle ... Fought off Golden Eagle defenders to help the Pirates convert a season-best 6-of-11 (54.5%) third down conversions ... Led unit with five knock-down blocks while playing on all 62 snaps ... Graded out a team-best 80.0 percent ... vs. Rice (10/8): Third straight start as the Pirates left tackle ... Key part of an offensive unit that converted all five of Pirates' red zone opportunities ... Saw action in 65 snaps and had two knock-downs ... vs. SMU (10/15): Earned a 62% grade at the starting left tackle position for fourth consecutive contest, appearing in all 73 plays ... vs. Memphis (10/22): Vital member of the East Carolina offensive line that did not allow a sack of Pinkney ... Credited with five knock-downs and a 71% grade while appearing in 66 plays from scrimmage ... vs. UCF (10/29): Led all starting offensive linemen with a career-best-tying 12 knock-downs against the Golden Knights ... Paved the way for an offensive unit that amassed 542 yards of total offense ... vs. Tulsa (11/12): Part of the Pirates' offensive unit that racked up 349 yards ... Played all 66 snaps for ECU, grading out at 75% with seven knock-down blocks ... vs. Marshall (11/19): Logged five knock-down blocks and graded out at 74% against the Thundering Herd ... Played in all 70 snaps ... vs. UAB (11/26): Helped ECU rack up 421 yards of total offense against the Blazers (286 passing, most since the Memphis contest) ... Booked eight knock-downs in season finale.

2004: Started and played in 11 contests ... Opened seven contests at the left tackle spot (West Virginia, Tulane, Southern Miss, Army, USF, Memphis and N.C. State) while starting four tilts at right tackle (Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Louisville and Houston) ... Experienced action in a team-high 764 plays (snaps) ... Led all offensive linemen with 82. 5 "knock-down" blocks ... Earned composite position grade of 77.5 percent during season.

2003: Experienced action in six games off the bench as a reserve tackle.

2002: Redshirted during initial season in Pirate program ... Contributed noteworthy effort as a top member of the offensive scout squad.

High School: Earned selection to the all-area team by the Jacksonville Daily News as a senior at Richlands High School ... An All-East Central 2-A Conference choice ... Played key role in helping Wildcats to an 11-2 record, conference championship and state playoff appearance during senior campaign as team captain ... Also handled long snapping duties on punts and field goals ... Prep coach was Kevin Wilson ... Served as the starting center on the RHS basketball team and was a standout performer in the discus throw for the track program ... In all, won a total of seven varsity letters (three football, two basketball and two in track). Personal: Full name is Eric Lee Graham ... Born April 20, 1984 at Jacksonville, N.C. ... Major is family and community services.