|13 Kristopher Sykes
A contributing member of the defensive depth chart as either one of the Pirates' top nickel backs or as a reserve at the field cornerback slot behind Jacobi Jenkins and Adonis Armstrong ... Will likely experience a pivotal special teams role as a top-tier performer for the second consecutive year ... Athleticism, quickness, strength, agility and assignment understanding fueled development as one of the most reliable pass defenders in ECU's secondary ... Originally joined the Pirate program in the spring of 2010 after transferring from Hinds (Miss.) Community College ... Did not record statistics in the spring's first and third (Purple-Gold) scrimmage, but did record a pass breakup in the second contest (April 7) ... Earned "elite" designation during the strength and conditioning testing period, recording a vertical leap of 34.5" and a broad jump of 10'2, while posting a 40 time of 4.52 ... Strength numbers of significance include a bench press of 340 pounds, a back squat of 420, a power clean of 274 and a jerk of 1,153 watts.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Served as the primary nickel back who made East Carolina debut and played in all 12 games ... Finished the season with 11 tackles, including four solo hits ... Tallied four pass breakups, tied for the third most on the squad ... Recorded four multiple-hit games, booking two stops against South Carolina, Memphis, Tulane and Marshall ... Made one tackle against North Carolina, Houston and Southern Miss ... Registered four hits on special teams, three on kickoff returns and one on a punt runback ... One of only eight Pirates with four or more special teams stops ... Of season's seven non-special teams tackles, made three on running plays and four on passes ... Turned in one of strongest performances in season finale at Marshall, recording one pass breakup in addition to pair of hits ... Knocked the ball away from the Thundering Herd's Troy Evans in the opening quarter before tallying passing stops in the second and fourth frames ... Credited with third career pass breakup at UTEP with a third-quarter deflection ... Set a personal best with two solo hits at Memphis ... Career's first solo stop was knocking down the Tigers' Tannar Rehrer one yard shy of a first down after a four-yard catch on third down in the third quarter ... Added a pass breakup on Memphis' final offensive play of the third frame ... Credited with first career pass breakup on Virginia Tech's final toss of the opening half, knocking the ball away from Marcus Davis ... Made Pirate debut against South Carolina and recorded initial career tackles, both assists, during the opening quarter, following Ben Ryan's first punt and on a Connor Shaw quarterback draw.
2010: Did not appear in any games for the Pirates, but instead served as a member of the scout teams while acclimating to the program.
High School: Helped Salem High School to a 9-2 record as a senior ... Also led Seminoles to a 5-0 league record and a first-round playoff appearance for coach Chad Estes.
Personal: Earned a bachelor's degree in communications during ECU's 2012 Spring Commencement Exercises ... Earned selection to the Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) for classroom work during the fall semester in 2011 (before graduation) ... Currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree.