19  Chris Mattocks
Chris Mattocks

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Bern

High School:
New Bern

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 214

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
2L


One of the Pirates' noted physical and punishing tacklers who appears to have found a comfort zone at the linebacker position ... Will enter senior season as the projected starter at one of the outside slots (opposite Jeremy Chambliss) after completing the transition from the secondary a year ago ... Enjoyed a productive spring practice period which expedited development into a possible starter's role ... Possesses plenty of quickness and a described "knack for the ball" ... One of four New Bern High School products (Julian Carter, Darryl Reynolds, Mike Price) in the Pirate program ... Missed the first few spring practices because of a knee injury but bounced back to play in all three scrimmages ... Credited with four tackles in first contest (4/4) before adding five in second simulated matchup (4/8) ... Closed out drills with a stellar performance in the Purple-Gold Game - booking six stops, including two for lost yardage, two forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and an interception ... Recognized by position coach Greg Hudson as the unit's recipient of the "most improved" award.

2008: Experienced action as a top reserve in all 14 games, both in the secondary and at the linebacker position ... Also played a significant role on the Pirates' special teams squad, finishing third on unit with seven tackles ... Recorded 29 overall stops (11 solo), which included a season-high six hits against UTEP in the regular season finale ... Was also credited with one pass breakup against the Miners and a forced fumble vs. Southern Miss ... Logged only tackle for lost yardage with Emanual Davis vs. Marshall (0.5) in Homecoming clash ... Recorded at least one stop in 12 contests ... In addition to a six-tackle afternoon vs. UTEP, also recorded three or more stops against Tulsa (4), Memphis (3), Southern Miss (3), UAB (3), and Kentucky (3) in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Opened the year as top backup at free safety but was moved to the linebacker position in mid-October ... Played linebacker in certain packages vs. Virginia but became more of a permanent fixture at the new position prior to the Memphis game (two tackles) ... Played a vital support role in helping defensive unit hold three opponents to under 100 rushing yards (Tulane/76, UCF/82, UTEP/57) and two opponents to less than 100 passing yards (West Virginia/72, Memphis/82), while forcing a total of 33 turnovers (No. 7 national rank) ... Recipient of the special teams unit's Crunch Award, an honor given annually to the player with the most big hits.

2007: Started five of 10 games in the Pirate secondary as a sophomore ... Recorded 39 tackles (24 solo, 15 assists), ranking 11th on the unit ... Missed final three games (Marshall, Tulane and Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl) of season with a knee injury ... Opened contests against Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Southern Miss, UAB and Memphis) at strong safety ... Also experienced extensive action as a member of the special teams squad ... Collected a career-high seven tackles (three solo) against North Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Contributed six stops (four solo) against N.C. State while also forcing first career fumble against Wolfpack ... Produced five-tackle efforts against Southern Miss, West Virginia and UAB ... Made first collegiate start against Hokies and netted four stops, three coming as solo hits ... Also registered three tackles each in clashes against UCF and Memphis.

2006: A redshirt freshman that played in nine games as a member the special teams unit and in the secondary ... Experienced action against Navy (collegiate debut), UAB, Memphis, West Virginia, Tulsa, SMU, UCF, Marshall and USF in the Papajohns.com Bowl ... Logged a total of two tackles, both solo hits against Tulsa (10/14) and Marshall (11/11).

2005: Redshirted ... Contributed noteworthy tenure on scout team, preparing successful ECU receiver corps on a weekly basis ... Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2005.

High School: A three-year letterman and two-time All-Big East Conference performer at New Bern High School ... Played under the direction of Bears' head coach Chip Williams, a former Pirate football letterman ... Part of NBHS squads which captured back-to-back Eastern 4-A titles in 2002 and 2003 ... Helped Bears win three straight Big East Conference titles (2001, 2002 and 2003) ... Tallied 107 tackles, 21 pass breakups and one interception as a senior safety and cornerback ... Logged 63 stops and 12 breakups during junior campaign ... Prep teammate of former ECU tight end Davon Drew ... Successfully bounced back from a right knee injury during sophomore season (2002) ... Opened prep career as a running back on the junior varsity level (1,300 rush yards) but was moved to the safety position prior to his junior year ... Team captain ... Also picked up additional varsity letters in basketball and track ... In the classroom, earned Honor Roll status as a senior ... Member of the Spanish Club.

Personal: Full name is Christopher Julius Mattocks ... Born October 26, 1986 at New Bern, N.C. ... Major is management accounting.