|90 Jay Ross|
Will open senior year as a viable Conference USA and possible national honors candidate ... A charter member of East Carolina's nationally-recognized defensive line who has led quietly by example during the last two seasons ... Displays plenty of quickness, strength and agility in imposing large frame ... Projected to be a three-year starter at one of the interior tackle positions ... Is the current owner of the longest active starting streak among all players in the ECU program with 24 straight ... A Preseason First-Team All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele Magazine ... A tough and resilient athlete who played the majority of the '08 season in pain before sitting out the entire spring practice period to allow nagging leg injury to heal ... Expected to make complete recovery and earn 100 percent clearance prior to preseason camp ... Enrolled at ECU in the fall of 2005 but officially joined the Pirate football program after the spring semester once NCAA eligibility requirements were met.
2008: Started all 14 games at the tackle position as a junior and was credited with 48 tackles, five of those coming as sacks - matching the second-highest total among all Pirate defenders (along with Zack Slate) ... Also stood third on the team with 9.5 tackles for lost yardage and was the unit's co-leader with a pair of fumble recoveries (West Virginia, Tulsa) ... Turned in career-high tackle performances in perhaps two of the biggest games of the year, recording eight stops each against West Virginia and Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship Game ... In addition to the recovered fumbles, also had a pair of sacks against the Mountaineers and Golden Hurricane ... Collected at least one tackle in all 14 games and turned in multi-stop efforts in 11 contests ... Other performances of note came against Virginia Tech (six tackles) in the season opener, Marshall (four), UAB (four) and Kentucky (four) in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Unit's co-leader with five quarterback hurries ... Blocked one kick (FGA vs. UTEP) ... Had at least one tackle for lost yardage in nine tilts with a season-high of two vs. the Miners (-18 yards) ... Stopped UTEP's Donald Buckram on a rush up the middle for a four-yard loss on a first-and-10 play in the first quarter before sacking quarterback Trevor Vittatoe for a 14-yard loss on the next play ... Added sacks against UCF (1.0), Southern Miss (1.0) and UTEP (1.0) to compliment quarterback drops against West Virginia (0.5) and Tulsa (1.5) ... Left Southern Miss contest early with a hip injury before bouncing back with a four-tackle outing against Blazers that helped ECU clinch a league divisional title ... Earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors as selected by league head coaches ... Also was a second-team All-Conference USA choice by Phil Steele Magazine ... Played pivotal 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) ... Part of a defensive front seven that registered 31 sacks (second among all C-USA squads) and 91 tackles for lost yardage (6.50 tflpg), which also stood second in C-USA and 30th nationally.
2007: Selected to the All-Conference USA squad (honorable mention) by league coaches ... Posted 12 starts in 13 games (Southern Miss) ... Ranked 13th on unit team with 38 total stops (13 solo, 25 assists) ... Booked 4.5 TFLs (-21 yards) and two sacks (-12 yards) ... Recorded a career-best seven tackles (two solos) and 2.5 TFLs (-10 yards) against Houston ... Registered at least four tackles in four games ... Part of a defensive front that held four opponents to 80 yards or less rushing (VT/33, UNC/79, NCSU/49, Memphis/77) ... Credited with five quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries (UTEP, Boise State) and one forced fumble (UH) ... Booked five tackles vs. Southern Miss and four each against UCF and Marshall ... Also produced quarterback pressures against the Golden Eagles and Knights ... Had three stops in season opener at Virginia Tech before leaving game in third quarter with a knee injury ... Also contributed three tackles in battles vs. UAB and Memphis while adding two hits each against North Carolina, West Virginia and Tulane ... Chipped in with single-tackle tallies vs. UTEP, N.C. State and Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl ... Credited with a season-high two quarterback pressures against the Broncos at Aloha Stadium.
2006: Started two of 11 games played on the defensive line as a rookie ... Starts came in back-to-back contests (Virginia and Tulsa) ... Did not experience action against in first two games of the year - Navy and UAB ... Made collegiate debut vs. Memphis (9/16) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Had seven total tackles during the season, five of those coming as solo hits ... Recorded a season-high three tackles in home setback against Tulsa ... Booked two-stop performances against West Virginia and South Florida in the Papajohns.com Bowl ... Also batted down only pass of season vs. Bulls at Birmingham's Legion Field.
High School: Led Wildcats in sacks during junior and senior seasons and was recipient of program's Iron Man Award in 2003 and 2004 ... A two-time all-conference (Eastern AAAA) and all-area selection for coach John Fitz ... Played key role in New Hanover's successful 7-3 campaign in 2004 ... Served as team captain during senior year and earned a total of three varsity football letters ... Also picked up a pair of basketball letters ... Named to school's Honor Roll for academic distinction.
Personal: Full name is Jay Randall Ross ... Born October 3, 1987 at Wilmington, N.C. ... Major is communications ... Hobbies include fishing and video games.