Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
ECU Opens Fourth and Final Week of Spring Drills
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Pirates Return To Work After First Scrimmage
Pirates Ready For First Scrimmage At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
AP Photos: East Carolina at North Carolina
Arguably ranks as the most recognized member of East Carolina's defense, perhaps even enjoying a quasi-iconic standing after turning in two of the more decorated seasons in Pirate history as a freshman and sophomore ... Intensity and ball awareness have also come at a price with a left shoulder injury that slowed his record-breaking ascend slightly last fall ... Should make his 25th career start at the "mike" inside linebacking positions as a junior in the season opener ... Selected as a 2013 First-Team Preseason All-Conference USA performer by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ...Missed the first week of spring drills for precautionary reasons (left shoulder), but was cleared for full contact in the last two scrimmages and netted a combined 10 tackles in both contests ... Booked three, one for lost yardage on April 13, before closing out the spring with seven hits (1.0 TFL) during the Purple-Gold Game a week later ... A quick, responsive and assignment-sound athlete who offers a relentless and dogged "old-school" approach ... Numbers in strength program include a 380-pound bench press, a 500-pound back squat, a 308-pound power clean, a 33" vertical jump and a 4.2 clip in the pro shuttle during spring testing ... Enrolled early at ECU in January of 2010 and participated in spring work as a true freshman to gain valuable experience working with the linebacking corps and adjusting to the speed of the collegiate level ... Currently ranks 11th among active NCAA career leaders in tackles per game (8.5) ... Has already recorded 205 stops (88 solo) in just two seasons, has booked five or more tackles in 21 of 24 contests and netted double-digit hit totals in nine games.
2012: Although numbers dipped slightly because of being targeted by double-team opponent blocking schemes and the aforementioned injury, productivity still earned All-Conference USA honors (honorable mention) ... Started all 13 games ... Led all tacklers for the second consecutive campaign, netting 83 stops (43 solo) ... Booked multiple hits in 12 of 13 contests... A team-best 61 of 83 tackles were on running plays ... Booked a season-high 12 stops (7 solo) against UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and registered nine on five other occasions ... Recorded five or more tackles in eight contests ... Named C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week (Sept. 3) following his nine-tackle and two forced-fumble performance in the season opener vs. Appalachian State ... Followed with a nine-stop outing and a TFL (-4 yards) at Southern Miss ... Also had TFLs against North Carolina (2.0/-6 yards), UCF (0.5/-1 yard) and Marshall (1.0/-1 yard) ... Posted six tackles vs. Navy and Marshall ... Keyed a unit that held four opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (91/USM, 82/UAB, 28/UH, 9/TUL) ... Ranked among the C-USA leaders in total tackles (32nd) ... Led Pirates in stops at North Carolina (9/6 solo), at UCF (9/4 solo) and UL-Lafayette (12/7) ... Tallied nine stops against Memphis - all on running plays ... Named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List ... Earned the program's "Team Captains-of-the-Year Award (along with Damon Magazu) ... Did not participate in spring drills because of post-surgery rehabilitation efforts.
2011: Turned in one of the best campaigns by a freshman defensive player in East Carolina history ... Became the first Pirate to receive the Conference USA Freshman-of-the-Year award and was also voted to the all-league honorable mention squad and the C-USA All-Freshman Team ... Placed on the Football Writers Association of America, CBSSports.com and FoxSportsNext.com Freshman All-America Teams ... Selected to the Bleacher Report's All-Freshman Team and was a Second-Team Yahoo! Sports Freshman All-America member ... A Phil Steele Magazine Second-Team All-C-USA and First-Team All-Freshman honoree ... Internally, was selected as both the overall MVP and defensive MVP by coaches during the program's annual end-of-the-season awards banquet ... Paced ECU with 122 tackles, 45 solo hits and 77 assists ... Also posted team highs with 85 stops on rushing plays and 36 passing tackles ... Ended the year ranked third in C-USA and 10th among FBS players with 11.1 tackles per game ... Was the only freshman ranked among the FBS level's top 90 tacklers ... 122 hits are the third-highest total by a Pirate in the last 14 seasons and the most by a rookie in program history, surpassing Daren Hart's 97 in 1993 ... Since the start of the 1998 campaign, only Pernell Griffin (153/2001) and Chris Moore (148/2003) booked more hits than the 122 ... Started all 11 games played with only contest missed being at Memphis due to a right shoulder injury ... Finished the season with eight games posting double-digit tackles and became the first ECU player to have 10 or more stops in his first six games of a season since Griffin in 2001 ... Totaled a squad-high five quarterback hurries with one against South Carolina, Tulane and UCF and two versus Virginia Tech ... Added 3.5 tackles for lost yardage (-15 yards) and one sack, against UCF ... Broke up a pass in tilts with Virginia Tech and Southern Miss ... Booked a team-best 75 stops during Conference USA games, 24 more than any other player ... Averaged 10.7 hits per league clash ... Collected 47 tackles with 20 solo stops in four non-conference contests ... In seven East Carolina losses, recorded 80 hits, 34 more than the second-leading defenders ... Registered 40 tackles in road games and 70 during home clashes, with all TFL recorded inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Got the year off to a strong start, booking 66 hits through the first five contests (13.2 tpg) ... Led the team with nine tackles at Marshall and made six in the third quarter, including five hits during the Thundering Herd's 14-play drive ... Tallied 11 tackles against UCF, booking six in the opening half ... Added first career sack in the first quarter versus the Knights, dropping Jeff Godfrey for a loss of nine yards ... Credited with three tackles during UCF's 12-play game-opening drive ... Booked four hits during the Knights' 12-play drive in the third quarter with two tackles keeping Godfrey out of the end zone on first-and-goal and third-and-goal rushes from the ECU two and one-yard line, respectively ... Made eight of 13 tackles versus Southern Miss in the second half ... Credited with three hits during the Golden Eagles' eight-play drive of the third quarter and two on USM's three-play drive in the fourth ... Combined with Michael Brooks to toss Tulane's Albert Williams for a five-yard loss on a screen pass in the fourth quarter ... Registered a career-high eight solo stops at Navy ... Credited with a career second-best 14 stops against Houston, making five tackles on the Cougars' first series of the game and 10 in the opening half ... Booked all 13 hits against North Carolina in the first three quarters ... Dropped UNC's Giovani Bernard for a three-yard loss in the opening quarter for first career solo TFL ... Tallied a career-high 15 tackles with seven solo hits against UAB, the most total stops by a Pirate since Nick Johnson's 16 at Marshall Oct. 3, 2009 ... Registered a personal-best two quarterback hurries versus Virginia Tech and tallied nine-of-12 stops during the first half ... Booked initial tackle for lost yardage of career in the second quarter, combining with Matt Milner to drop VT's David Wilson for a three-yard loss ... Collected a squad second-best 12 tackles against South Carolina in the season opener ... Registered initial quarterback hurry of career in the first quarter, forcing a Connor Shaw incompletion on second down ... Seven-of-12 tackles against the Gamecocks were stops of Marcus Lattimore ... Career's first tackle was hit on Lattimore for no gain on the third offensive play of the game.
2010: Redshirted during initial season with the Pirates ... Made an immediate impact on the scout team and in the weight room ... Originally signed a grant-in-aid with East Carolina instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy) and enrolled in January 2010, going through spring drills with the Pirates.
High School: A two-year starter for the Patriots' varsity unit ... A honorable mention Big School All-State and First Team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League selection as a senior ... Recorded 107 tackles, including 19 for lost yardage, as a team captain during final prep campaign ... Also rushed for 337 yards and four touchdowns ... Played for the Baltimore squad in the Maryland Crab Bowl, the state's only high school all-star game ... Tallied 95 tackles, including 16 for a loss, in eight games as a junior despite missing three contests due to an ankle injury ... Regarded as a "solid run-stopper" by head coach Ben Wright ... Ranked by ESPN.com among the top 75 inside linebackers nationally ... Scout.com rated him as the 34th-best prospect in the Mid-Atlantic (region) ... Played his first two seasons at Urbana High in Ijamsville, Md., before transferring to Thomas Johnson ... Was among team leaders in tackles as a sophomore at Urbana ... Clocked at 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash during program's timing day ... Turned in a bench press of 405 pounds and a squat of 530 pounds.
Personal: Full name is Jeremy Howard Grove ... Born April 24, 1992 at Frederick, Md. ... Was friends with the late Pitt Panther receiver Billy Gaines, who was from his hometown ... Dedicated himself to playing football at the Division I level as a youth after Gaines died in a fall from a church rafter following his freshman year at Pitt ... An Honor Roll student in the classroom ... A construction management major ... Enjoys four-wheeling and hunting during the off-season.