|32 Justin Venable|
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Will open senior campaign entrenched in similar role as his first three seasons, providing reliable and quality depth at the free safety position as a top reserve behind Damon Magazu ... A quick, strong, physical and responsibility-conscious special teams standout whose continued development should, again, allow for a significant role in the defensive secondary as a senior ... Coaching staff cites intensity, tackling abilities, fundamental approach and an understanding of scheme as reasons for steady inclusion in unit's two-deep ... Booked four tackles in the first spring scrimmage (March 31) before contributing a single hit in the second contest (April 7) ... Tallied a pair of stops in the Purple-Gold Game (April 14) ... Turned in top personal lifts of 308 pounds in the power clean and 465 pounds in the back squat during the strength and conditioning spring testing period.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Contributed valuable depth to the Pirate secondary and served as a key member of the special teams' units for the third consecutive campaign ... Experienced action in all 12 games, participating in a full schedule for the first time ... Booked a career single-season best eight tackles, making a pair of solo hits ... Recorded all eight of year's stops on kickoff returns ... Ranked third on the squad in special teams tackles and kickoff runback knockdowns ... Also recorded initial pass breakup, batting the ball away from Marshall's C.J. Crawford in the end zone and forcing a third-quarter Marshall field goal attempt ... Tallied a pair of multiple-stop games, making a career-high three tackles against UAB and a pair versus Tulane ... Registered season's other three stops in contests against North Carolina, Navy and Southern Miss ... Versus the Green Wave, tallied both hits in the third quarter on Robert Kelley returns ... In personal-best effort against the Blazers, booked two stops following Nick Adams runbacks in the third quarter after making one in the opening frame.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Served as a reserve in the secondary and a valuable member of the special teams ... Played in six games (Tulsa, Memphis, Southern Miss, N.C. State, Marshall, UCF) ... Was a coaches' decision for not participating in the final five contests ... Booked three tackles, two solo, all on kickoff returns ... Stopped Southern Miss' Tracy Lampley after a 10-yard return on the final kickoff of the game ... Contributed year best with two tackles against N.C. State ... Brought down Jarvis Washington following an 11-yard return on East Carolina's first kickoff of the contest ... Combined with Michael Dobson to drop Washington after an 18-yard runback on the opening kickoff of the second half.
2009 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Experienced action in 11 games as a member of the special teams and in a reserve role in the Pirates' secondary ... Was credited with five overall tackles (four solo hits) ... Made collegiate debut against Appalachian State in the opener and logged a solo stop ... Also forced first career fumble against the Mountaineers, jarring the ball loose from DeAndre Presley during the opening drive of the third period ... Recorded another solo stop at Tulsa ... Tallied only special teams tackle against SMU on a fourth-quarter kickoff return ... Produced a season-high two stops against UAB ... Entered contests against West Virginia, North Carolina, Rice, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Southern Miss and Houston, but did not record any defensive statistics.
2008: Redshirted during initial season at ECU ... Officially signed with the program in February.
High School: Earned conference defensive player-of-the-year honors after booking 137 tackles, four interceptions and 23 pass breakups for coach Fritz Hessenthaler at Southeast Guilford High School ... Selected to play in the 2007 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game and garnered defensive MVP honors while representing North Carolina ... Picked off a school-record nine passes and tallied 84 stops for a Falcon team that produced a 10-4 record and reached the third round of the 3AA playoffs in 2006. ... Chosen to the All-Mid-Piedmont Conference squad and the Greensboro News & Record's All-Guilford County team ... Clocked at 4.38 in the 40 during the Shrine Bowl combine during the spring of 2007 ... Starred in Southeast Guilford's secondary as a junior and senior after playing the linebacker position as a sophomore. ... Also experienced action on the offensive side of the ball as a wide receiver and on special teams as a kick returner ... In all, picked up three football letters ... Rated among scout.com's top 35 defensive backs in the state and top 130 nationally ... Stood among North Carolina's top 30 overall recruits according to SuperPrep Magazine ... Also recruited by North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Virginia ... Earned additional varsity letters in baseball, playing shortstop and in the outfield for the Falcons ... Batted .350 for a club that reached the state 3A championship series in 2006.
Personal: Full name is Justin Wayne Venable ... Born December 15, 1989 at Climax, N.C. ... Earned a bachelor's degree in health fitness specialist during ECU's 2012 Spring Commencement Exercises and is currently working on a second degree ... Exemplary classroom performance earned Chancellor's List (4.0 grade point average) inclusion during the spring semester before graduation ... Says Chris Johnson is favorite all-time Pirate player while Ed Reed is top overall NFL player ... Cites school spirit as what he likes most about ECU's campus ... Hobby of choice is fishing.