|23 Quay Johnson|
An elusive, explosive and exciting playmaker who should continue to provide a major impact to the Pirates’ offensive unit and special teams squad as a junior in 2016 … Offensively, stands as a top reserve behind national honors candidate Zay Jones at the “H” receiver slot, but also could be among starting lineup at other skill positions based on situational (play-calling) conditions … Expected to again serve as ECU’s key return specialist on both kickoffs and punts … Delivers plenty of pass catching ability to go along with a running back’s mentality … A Preseason All-American Athletic Conference choice as a returner by Athlon Sports (second-team) and Phil Steele Magazine (third-team) … Has already appeared in 22 career contests in two seasons and made 25 catches for 191 yards (7.6 ypr) and one touchdown … Picked up 24 rushing yards on three carries (8.0 ypr) out of the “wildcat” formation … Returned 29 kickoffs for 580 yards (20.0 ypr) and 19 punts for 171 yards (9.0 ypr) … With 966 all-purpose yards, needs only 34 to reach 1,000 for career entering junior campaign … Has recorded eight offensive plays of 10 or more yards (seven receiving, one rushing) … Topped all pass catchers with four receptions for 62 yards and a TD (19-yarder) in the first spring scrimmage (April 9) … Tallied one grab for six yards during the Purple-Gold Game on April 16 … Efforts and progress in strength and conditioning program earned “Elite Pirate” status … Completed lifts of 450 (back squat), 274 (power clean) and 262 (push jerk) during spring testing process … Also owns a 35” vertical jump and ranked among top 10 percent of receivers in the 40-yard dash (4.41), three-cone drill (6.37), long shuttle (10.91) and flex rating (14.5).
2015: Was Pirates’ primary return specialist (kickoffs and punts) and first receiver off the bench as a sophomore … Experienced action in all 12 contests … Ranked third in the American Athletic Conference with a punt return average of 9.0 (171 yards in 19 attempts) … Stood 11th in the league with a 20.1 kickoff return average (544 yards in 27 attempts) … As a receiver, hauled in 16 passes for 134 yards (8.4 ypr) and one touchdown … Only score was a seven-yard reception from Blake Kemp against Temple during second-quarter action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium … Was third on team with 853 all-purpose yards (134 receiving, 171 punt return, 544 kickoff return), averaging 71.1 per contest … Enjoyed three consecutive triple-digit all-purpose yardage outings from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10 with a career-high 144 vs. SMU, 109 vs. BYU and 105 vs. Virginia Tech … Tallied multiple catch totals on four occasions (had at least one seven times) … Had four receptions each in tilts vs. Towson (30 yards) and Temple (13), picked up three against Virginia Tech (career-best 55) and two at UCF (20) … Season-long grab was a 30-yarder against the Hokies during ECU’s 35-28 victory … Logged one rushing attempt, a four-yarder in Dallas against Mustangs … Booked personal-bests of five kickoff returns (USF) and 84 yards (BYU) … Surpassed 50 kickoff return yards or more six times with other notables coming against Florida (71), Navy (68) and USF (60) … Top punt return attempt was seven at SMU (career-high 82 yards) … Long single kickoff and punt returns were 34 (Navy) and 46 (SMU), respectively.
2014: Played in 10 contests and made first collegiate start against SMU in the Pirates’ inaugural American Athletic Conference tilt ... Overall, caught nine passes for 57 yards (6.3 ypc) ... Posted multiple receptions three times (two each vs. SMU/15 yards, Temple/17 and Cincinnati/16) ... Hauled down at least one catch in six of 10 games ... Had single receptions in collegiate debut against N.C. Central (seven yards) and again vs. North Carolina (-3) and Florida (five) in the Birmingham Bowl … Logged two rushes out of the “wildcat” formation for 20 yards, both coming against SMU (long of 15) … Tallied a season-best 71 all-purpose yards vs. the Mustangs (20/rush, 15/receiving, 36/kickoff returns) ... Did not experience action against South Carolina, Virginia Tech and UCF … Participated, but did not record any statistics against USF, Connecticut, Tulane or Tulsa.
High School: Two-year letterman for coach Robert Senseney at Knightdale High School … Chosen as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) Male Athlete-of-the-Year at the conclusion of senior prep campaign … Also selected as the program’s offensive MVP and was the Greater Neuse Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year as a junior and senior ... Named to the All-Metro squad as a team captain in 2013 … Key member of a Knights team that rolled to a conference title and a 12-2 overall record … Ranked among the top 65 prospects in North Carolina (2014 recruiting class) … Versatility enabled valuable contributions from many positions, including running back, receiver, defensive back and as a return specialist … Racked up nearly 2,000 total yards, rushed for 18 touchdowns, passed for 11 and caught three more in ’13 … Helped KHS to a 7-4 overall mark and a 5-2 Greater Neuse 4-A Conference record in 2012 … Made commitment to ECU on Sept. 6, a day after the Pirates’ “Paint It Black” victory over Florida Atlantic … A highly-regarded track athlete who competes in the 400m, 500m, 4x400m and 4x800m events and has been a part of seven state titles … Captured the North Carolina championship in the 400 as a junior and his 4x400 relay unit established a state record … Also earned one letter as a point guard on the basketball floor … Success in classroom enabled selection to All-Academic Conference squads in both football and track.
Personal: Full name is Marquavious R. Johnson, but prefers to go by Quay … Born Jan. 15, 1995 at Tarboro, N.C. … Son of Wanda Pittman … A criminal justice major … Brother Devin Johnson is a track letterman at the collegiate level … Hobbies include traveling.