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Senior Receiver Scores Twice And Throws For Another
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
Tireless commitment and dedication have resulted in a true leadership role on the offensive unit as a senior … Expected to parlay first season of full health and productivity into possible honors candidacy on the conference level in 2015 … A Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection (fourth-team) by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele Magazine … 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 … Work ethic has generated additional strength that was clearly evident during emerging junior season … Projected to open preseason camp with a slight nod as the starting running back, although coaches expect the position to feature a multi-pronged attack similar to the last two seasons … A very personable, exciting and heady playmaker who can fill a myriad of responsibilities, including reliable receiving assignments in the flats … Has appeared in 37 career games, including an active run of 31 consecutively … Has rushed for 714 yards on 128 carries – an average of 5.6 per attempt – and scored five touchdowns … Has recorded 24 plays on 10 or more yards (21/rushing, three/receiving) … Participated in three bowl games (one start) … Ran for 29 yards on five carries and caught two passes for five yards during the first spring scrimmage (March 28) … Had seven runs and scored a TD on a two-yarder, while catching another pair of balls for 25 yards during the second outing on April 11 … Closed out action with another score (three-yard run on only carry) in the Purple-Gold Game (April 18) … Has displayed considerable growth in strength and conditioning program, currently ranking as a “freak” in coach Jeff Connors’ power quotient … In fact, consistently exhibits one of the higher levels of improvement among running backs corps with increases in the bench press (330), back squat (500), power clean (291), push jerk (270), vertical leap (34”) and broad jump (10’4”) … Also trimmed 40 (4.38) and pro-shuttle (3.88) times down in impressive fashion over a 24-month period.
2014: Experienced action in all 13 games and made two starts (vs. N.C. Central in season opener and vs. Florida in the Birmingham Bowl) ... Ranked second on the team in rushing with 528 net yards on 79 carries ... Led all regular backs with a yards-per-carry average of 6.7 … Caught six passes out of the backfield for 31 yards with a season-long of 11 at Temple ... Scored a pair of ground TDs (10-yarder at South Carolina, eight-yarder at SMU) ... Established career-highs in ground yards (153) and attempts (21) against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field … Surpassed 50 rushing yards on five occasions – 153/Temple, 91/Tulsa, 73/Florida, 58/North Carolina and 53/SMU … In addition to contest against Owls, also led Pirates with 91 rushing yards on six carries (15.2 ypr) at Tulsa … Broke loose for a personal-long 54-yard (third quarter) and 27-yard (fourth quarter) runs against Golden Hurricane ... Tallied 559 all-purpose yards (528/rushing, 31/receiving) ... Recorded a career-high 178 all-purpose yards at Temple ... Also was ECU’s leading rusher against SMU in the American Athletic Conference opener, running 12 times for 53 yards with a score ... Rushed for a team second-best 58 yards against the Tar Heels on five carries, which included a then career-long of 43 yards in the fourth quarter ... Averaged an impressive 6.9 yards-per-carry in eight league contests (48-329) … In fact, only lost two yards during AAC play … Second-highest work load (17 carries) came against Gators at Legion Field … hauled in a season-high three receptions vs. Temple (for 25 yards) … Did not record any statistics against Virginia Tech or Tulane.
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 net 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 season-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 season-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 on 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 … Earned a bachelor’s degree in management during ECU’s Spring Commencement on May 8, 2015 and is currently working on second degree … Strong work in classroom earned ECU Honor Roll status at the completion of the 2013 spring semester (as an undergraduate).