In addition to the lofty expectations for an encore performance to what arguably was the top season ever enjoyed by an East Carolina rookie defender, a full recovery from a left shoulder injury must also be realized for a second-straight All-America selection ... Team medical personnel expect a full recovery and clearance prior to fall camp after being held out of spring drills to engage in a rigorous post-surgery rehabilitation assignment ... Expected to make 12th career start at one of the inside linebacking positions as a sophomore in the season opener if progress goes as planned ... Selected as a first-team preseason All-Conference USA performer by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine and Blue Ribbon Magazine and a second-team honoree by Athlon Sports Magazine ... A highly-decorated redshirt freshman year followed an eye-opening spring practice period in 2011, which earned a starting job in first active campaign on the roster ... A quick, responsive and assignment-sound athlete who offers a relentless and dogged "old-school" approach ... Numbers in strength program include a 350-pound bench press, a 500-pound back squat, a 308-pound power clean and a 1,217-watt jerk ... Also turned in a 9'.5 broad jump and had one of the better pro agility drill times in the program at 4.2 ... 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.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics 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, 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 ... Rated by scout.com 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 ... 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.