A battle-tested veteran who will begin his final collegiate season entrenched on East Carolina's offensive depth chart at the center position ... Completed spring drills listed as a top reserve behind Sean Allen but competition for starting status will continue throughout the fall ... Flexibility could also allow playing time at one of the guard slots if necessary ... Provided a strong impact after taking over as the Pirates' starter midway through the 2007 season because of an injury ... Actually opened career as a backup guard before move over to snapping duties on a full-time basis ... Brings plenty of quickness, strength and a tough, competitive Cincinnati prep background and experience to ECU program.
2008: Played in eight games as a reserve on the offensive line after serving as the Pirates' starting center during the majority of the '07 campaign ... Experienced action in first four games and against Memphis, UCF, Southern Miss and UTEP ... In all, logged 126 snaps and was credited with 3.0 knockdown blocks ... Turned in knockdowns against Virginia Tech, West Virginia and UTEP ... Played a season-high 36 plays against Miners, serving a role in producing ECU season highs with 231 rushing yards and 53 points ... Opened season with 25 and 28-snap outings vs. Hokies and Mountaineers before playing time decreased ... Provided support to a Pirate attack that generated a combined 755 total yards (377.5 ypg) and a completion percentage of 77.8 (42-of-54) during early-season victories over first two aforementioned nationally-ranked programs.
2007: Started eight of 13 games played (all at center) ... Member of an offensive line that produced five individual 100-yard ground and three 100-yard receiving games ... Recorded 29 knockdown blocks in 576 plays from scrimmage ... Entered year as a top backup at center but took over job on a full-time basis after Fred Hicks' season-ending injury ... Enjoyed top overall performance in road win at Memphis, helping offensive unit record a season-best 641 yards of total offense (491 rush and 150/pass) ... Also played key role in paving way for Chris Johnson's 301-yard, four-rushing TD performance by logging a team-best 72 plays from scrimmage and matching Matt Butler for the team lead with five knockdowns ... Top knockdown total was six during a road victory at Houston ... Made first start against UCF at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and responded with a pair of knockdowns in 40 snaps ... Other notable performances came against N.C. State (three knockdowns in 56 plays), Marshall (3-58), Tulane (2-70) and Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (4-65).
2006: Experienced action in eight games as a reserve offensive lineman ... Played 111 snaps and recorded four knockdown blocks ... Participated in six snaps as a backup center in collegiate debut vs. Navy ... Made other appearances vs. West Virginia, SMU, UCF, Marshall, Rice, N.C. State and South Florida in the Papajohns.com Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.) ... Top knockdown effort was two during the Pirates' victory over the Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium.
2005: Redshirted ... Member of scout team and developmental roster ... Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2005.
High School: A two-year starter for coach Vince Suriano at Anderson High School ... Earned selection to the All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference squad as a senior ... Also chosen to all-league, all-region and all-district squads in 2004 while anchoring Redskins' offensive line ... Part of Anderson teams which rolled to a 30-2 record during freshman, sophomore and junior seasons ... Picked up additional letters in basketball (two) and lacrosse (four) ... Strong performer in the classroom with inclusion on AHS's Honor Roll all four years ... Maintained a 3.00 grade point average throughout high school career ... Also recruited by Illinois.
Personal: Full name is Stephen Lawrence Heis ... Born June 16, 1986 at Cincinnati, Ohio ... A health education and promotion (pre-med) major ... Earned selection to the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Spent summer prior to senior season as an intern with Orthopeadics East (Greenville, N.C.) and had the opportunity to observe different surgical procedures in person ... Lists former ECU tackle Josh Coffman as favorite all-time Pirate player.