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Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
Pirates Complete Last Weekday Practice of Spring Season
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Pirates Ready For First Scrimmage At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Appears poised for a possible breakout season after a return to full health and a productive spring workout period ... Development was slowed by injuries early during career - suffering a right knee injury during his redshirt campaign in 2011 before missing most of the spring in 2013 because of a left shoulder ailment ... Projected to open preseason camp in a battle with senior Breon Allen for the starting running back job, but could also contend for a top special teams role for a third-straight year (depending on offensive workload) ... A personable, exciting and heady playmaker who can fill a myriad of responsibilities, including reliable receiving assignments in the flats ... Has appeared in 24 career games, including an active run of 18 consecutively ... Rushed for 25 yards on four carries during the first spring scrimmage before closing out action with six attempts and 44 yards in the Purple-Gold Game (April 12) ... Has displayed considerable growth in strength and conditioning program ... In fact, exhibited the most improvement among all running backs with significant increases in the bench press (510/+105), power clean (291/+27), push jerk (265/+40), vertical leap (34"/+1") and broad jump (10'0"/+3") ... Also trimmed 40 (4.38) and pro-shuttle (3.88) times down in impressive fashion over a 12-month period.
2013: Played in all 13 games in a reserve running back role and as a member of the special teams ... Ranked third on the team with 186 rushing yards on 49 carries (3.8 ypr.) ... Scored three ground touchdowns - four-yarder vs. Florida Atlantic, a three-yarder at North Carolina and a four-yarder against Southern Miss - which also stood third on unit ... Caught six passes out of the backfield for 60 yards (10.0 ypr) ... Established career-highs in carries (18), rushing yards (94), receptions (4) and receiving yards (35) at Middle Tennessee on Oct. 5, helping the Pirates to a pivotal Conference USA victory after starter Vintavious Cooper went down because of an injury ... Recorded 10 plays of 10 or more yards (eight rushing, two receiving) ... Fourteen of 49 rushes resulted in an ECU first down or touchdown ... Had a career-long run of 25 yards against UAB at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Career-long reception of 18 yards came against FAU ... Caught other pass against Tulane (seven yards) at the Mercedes Superdome ... His 129 all-purpose yards at MTSU (94 rushing, 35 receiving) topped all Pirates that afternoon ... Rushed for 30 or more yards in a game three times - 94/MTSU, 32/USM and 48/UAB.
2012: Played in 11 contests in a special teams role during first campaign on the Pirates' active roster ... Was not credited with any statistics, either offensively or on return squads ... Did not play against Appalachian State and UAB.
2011: Served developmental role on scout squad as a redshirt until suffering season-ending injury during ECU's off week (following Virginia Tech contest).
High School: Two-year starter and team captain at running back for the Mustangs ... Finished senior season with 1,156 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on 140 carries ... An All-Forsyth County selection following final campaign ... Gained 265 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on 24 carries during an Oct. 1 loss to Glenn High School ... Tallied 185 yards and three scores on only 12 carries in 46-14 win over Atkins Sept. 10 ... Collected 1,279 yards and had nine touchdowns on 187 carries as a junior ... Broke collarbone as a freshman, limiting experience ... Played for head coach Dee Bell ... Was timed at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Rated by ESPN.com as the 114th-best running back in the country ... Also earned varsity letters in track, finishing sixth at the 2010 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A Midwest Regional in the 100 meters and placing eighth in the 200 meters.
Personal: Full name is Christopher Jovan Hairston ... Born October 30, 1992 at Winston-Salem, N.C. ... Hobbies include art (drawing) and video games ... Major is management/marketing ... Strong work in classroom earned ECU Honor Roll status at the completion of the 2013 spring semester.