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35  Jerek Hewett
Jerek Hewett

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Shallotte, N.C.

High School:
West Brunswick

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 195

Position:
Defensive Back

Experience:
3L


Expected to provide leadership in the secondary as a starting cornerback for the second consecutive year ... Continued development could result in Conference USA honors candidacy by the end of the season ... Opened collegiate career as a highly-regarded multi-sport athlete (track), experiencing significant playing time as a true freshman on the gridiron in the fall before capping year by appearing at the NCAA Division I Track & Field National Championships in the spring ... Needless to say, possesses blazing speed and marked athleticism ... Was moved from running back to the defensive secondary, his position of choice, prior to the start of spring drills in 2006 ... Should also continue to play a vital role on ECU's special teams squad as a potential kick or punt returner ... Booked a pair of tackles, including one for lost yardage, during the spring's second scrimmage (4/4) ... Did not record statistics in the '08 Purple-Gold Game.

2007: Played in all 13 games (eight starts) as a member of the Pirates' secondary ... Ranked sixth on the team with 49 total tackles (33 solo, 16 assists) ... Recorded a team-best five pass breakups ... Collected a career-best eight tackles against Houston ... Posted at least five tackles in four games ... Picked off a pair of passes, second-most on the unit ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Finished tied for third on the team with five total tackles (three solo, two assists) ... Recovered second career fumble in the first quarter off a Quentin Cotton hit of Brandon Ore ... Also credited with one pass breakup ... vs. UNC (9/8): Picked off first career pass in the second quarter ... Credited with four total tackles (all solo) ... Had two pass breakups ... vs. USM (9/15): Finished the game with five total tackles (three solo, two assists) ... vs. WVU (9/22): Credited with three total tackles (two solo, assist) ... Also had a forced fumble ... vs. Houston (9/29): Set a career-high with eight total stops (four solo, four assists) ... Credited with one TFL (-6 yards) ... vs. UCF (10/6): Experienced action as a reserve - no stats ... vs. UTEP (10/13): Tallied four stops (all solo) ... Credited with one TFL (-1 yard) ... vs. N.C. State (10/20): Recorded one stop (assist) in a reserve role ... vs. UAB (10/27): Collected three total tackles (all solo) in a reserve role as a member of the secondary unit ... vs. Memphis (11/3): Credited with four total tackles (three solo, assist) ... Picked off second career pass in the second quarter (no return) ... Also credited with one pass breakup ... vs. Marshall (11/10): Recorded seven total tackles (three solo, four assists) ... vs. Tulane (11/24): Tallied three tackles (two solo, assist) in a reserve role ... vs. Boise State (12/23): Recorded two tackles (solo) ... Credited with one pass breakup.

2006: Played in all 13 games as a member of special teams unit and reserve in the Pirate secondary ... Ranked second on the team in kickoff return yards (125), trailing only Chris Johnson ... Booked a total of two tackles (one coming as member of the special teams), a pass breakup and one fumble recovery (Memphis) ... vs. Navy (9/2): Did not record any statistics as member of special teams ... vs. UAB (9/9): Participated on special teams, but did not see any action in the secondary or record any statistics ... vs. Memphis (9/16): Booked first career tackle (solo) on special teams in the third quarter ... Also recovered first career fumble in the second quarter off Quentin Cotton's hit of T.J. Pitts ... vs. WVU (9/23): Returned three kickoffs (25, 21 and 18) for a total of 64 yards, with his longest return of 25 coming in the first quarter ... vs. UVA (10/7): Experienced limited action on special teams unit ... Returned one kickoff for 18 yards ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): Returned a pair of kickoffs for 31 yards (16 and 15) ... Did not see any action on the defensive side of the ball ... vs. SMU (10/21): Recorded one tackle (assisted) on special teams ... vs. USM (10/28): Played on special teams but did not post a tackle or return yardage ... vs. UCF (11/4): No statistics as special teams member ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Experienced game action as a member of special teams unit but did not record any statistics ... vs. Rice (11/18): Participated on special teams ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Played on special teams but did not record any tackles or return yards ... vs. USF (12/23): Returned opening kickoff of the Papajohns.com Bowl 12 yards.

2005: Appeared in his first collegiate game during a matchup with Southern Miss and did not miss action for the remainder of the year ... Played in eight games (no starts) ... Had nine pass receptions for 76 yards (8.4 ypr) with a long of 16 ... Also recorded one rush for 28 yards (Marshall) ... vs. Duke (9/3): DNP-CD ... vs. Wake Forest (9/17): DNP-CD ... vs. WVU (9/24): DNP-CD ... vs. USM (10/1): First career reception was a 16-yard sideline catch from James Pinkney ... In all, caught three passes for 30 yards during his collegiate debut ... vs. Rice (10/8): Came off the bench to record three receptions for 28 yards ... Made two receptions to start the Pirates' opening drive of the fourth quarter, helping to set up a touchdown and give ECU a lead it would never relinquish ... vs. SMU (10/15): Played in a reserve role but did not record any statistics ... vs. Memphis (10/22): Experienced playing time at wide receiver against the Tigers in the second half, but did not record any statistics ... vs. UCF (10/29): Contributed one reception for an 11-yard gain ... vs. Tulsa (11/12): Made two receptions for seven yards ... vs. Marshall (11/19): Recorded his first career rush for 28 yards against the Thundering Herd on a reverse late in the first quarter ... Did not record a reception in the game, snapping a two-game streak with at least one reception ... vs. UAB (11/26): Did not record any statistics as a reserve against the Blazers ... Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2005 ... Part of ECU's 4x100 relay squad which advanced to the NCAA Track & Field Championships in June (Sacramento, Calif.) after recording a time of 39.88 at the East Regional in Greensboro ... Helped Pirate quartet to a third-place C-USA finish ... Individually, had personal-best times of 6.42 (indoor 55-meters), 6.82 (indoor 60-meters), 22.28 (indoor 200-meters), 10.42 (outdoor 100-meters) and 21.19 (outdoor 200-meters) ... Also earned a seventh-place C-USA Outdoor Championships finish in the 100-meters (10.43).

High School: A four-year, two-position letterman for coach Jimmy Fletcher at West Brunswick High School ... Experienced action as a running back and defensive back for the Trojans ... Captured team offensive MVP honors as a sophomore and junior ... In all, garnered 11 team player-of-the-week citations (eight in 2003 as a junior, three in 2002 as a sophomore) ... Served as West Brunswick's team captain during senior campaign ... Earned additional varsity letters in basketball, baseball and track ... Pair of cousins (DB Eric Johnson and DL Phillip Johnson) captured state prep titles and were Shrine Bowl participants ... Named track MVP as a freshman, reaching the finals in the state meet ... Finished senior campaign undefeated, winning the state championship with a time of 10.40 in the 100-meters ... Recorded second-fastest time in the nation (10.39) during the spring of 2005 ... Captured a National Junior Track title in the 100-meters during the summer prior to enrollment at ECU.

Personal: Full name is Jerek Omarius Hewett ... Born December 13, 1986 ... Major is information technologies ... Lists former running back (and current assistant coach) Junior Smith as favorite all-time Pirate player ... Enjoys basketball and says Dick Vitale is favorite sports broadcaster ... Credits mother and uncle as the biggest influences on career.