|23 Quay Johnson|
An elusive and exciting playmaker who impacted the Pirates' offensive unit and special teams squad as a true freshman in 2014 ... Will begin sophomore campaign as a top reserve behind national honors candidate Isaiah Jones at the "H" inside receiver slot ... Offers plenty of pass catching ability to go along with a running back's mentality ... Also projected as a strong candidate to serve as ECU's top punt return specialist heading into 2015 ... Had two catches for eight yards during the first scrimmage of the spring (March 28), but was not credited with any statistics during the second contest ... Hauled in three receptions for five yards and made one rush for two yards in the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 to finish spring work ... Efforts in strength and conditioning program has displayed early progress ... Completed lifts of 290 pounds (bench press), 380 (back squat) and 252 (power clean) during spring testing process ... Also owns a 33" vertical jump and impressive shuttle times of 6.99 (three-cone) and 11.19 (60).
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 career-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.