94  Maurice Mercer
Maurice Mercer

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Nashville

High School:
Nash Central

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 264

Position:
Defensive Line

Experience:
1L


A high-action and vocal performer who appears ready to step into a more prominent playing and leadership role in 2010 after waiting behind a senior-dominated defensive line a year ago, especially playing behind All-Conference USA performer and NFL draftee C.J. Wilson ... Will enter third season on the active roster as a backup to Matt Milner at one of the end positions according to the post-spring depth chart ... Could also experience action on special teams again, which enabled the earning of a first varsity letter ... Booked a tackle in the first spring scrimmage (April 3) and added two more stops in the second contest (April 10) ... Did not record any statistics in the Purple-Gold Game (April 17).

2009: Experienced action in 12 games as a member of the special teams unit or as a reserve defensive end ... Recorded four total tackles with his lone solo stop coming on a first-quarter punt return at North Carolina ... Booked assisted tackles against Rice, UAB and Houston in the Conference USA Championship game ... Drops against the Blazers and Cougars occurred as a lineman, while the tackle against the Owls was on special teams ... Also played against Appalachian State, West Virginia, UCF, Marshall, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Tulsa and Arkansas in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

2008: Contributed a pair of solo tackles as a reserve defensive end and special teams member in five overall games during initial season on East Carolina's active roster ... Experienced action against N.C. State, Houston, Memphis, Southern Miss and UTEP ... Booked both stops in road contest against Golden Eagles ... First collegiate action came on special teams assignment vs. Wolfpack.

2007: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Earned the Rick Bankston Memorial Award as the defensive unit's top scout team player ... Officially signed with the Pirate program in February, 2007.

High School: A two-year starter who earned all-conference and all-area honors as a junior and senior ... Served as a team captain in 2006 ... A noted sack specialist, tallied a total of eight quarterback drops as a senior ... In all, was credited with 81 tackles ... Added five batted passes at the line of scrimmage ... Helped lead Bulldogs to a 7-4 mark in 2006 ... Prep coach was Kenneth Grantham ... Recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.90.

Personal: Full name is Gregory Maurice Mercer ... Born October 26, 1987 at Rocky Mount, N.C. ... Son of Orlando and Crystal Jones ... Major is management ... Older brother Marcus plays collegiate football (Shaw, College of the Canyons, Texas State) ... Actively involved in school leadership roles, serving as class president in both middle and high school ... Member of the NCHS HOSA (health club).