Four Pirates Sign Free Agent Contracts With NFL Organizations

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May 1, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Former East Carolina football players Steven Baker, Dominique Davis, Emanuel Davis and Lance Lewis have all signed undrafted free agent contracts with the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, respectively, according to confirmations from the National Football League organizations late Monday.

OT Steven Baker | Bio Get Acrobat Reader | Indianapolis Colts website
After primarily contributing on the Pirates' special teams units during his sophomore and junior seasons, Baker earned his first starting assignment at right tackle against North Carolina last Oct. 1 because of an injury to Grant Harner. Following his performance against the Tar Heels, which included a single-game, school-record 417-yard passing performance by Dominique Davis, he became entrenched on ECU's top line at left tackle for the remaining eight games.

Baker provided pass protection and running holes to help the Pirates set 12 offensive individual and team standards in 2011. East Carolina finished the campaign with a No. 20 national ranking in passing offense (286.1 ypg), No. 21 in third down conversion percentage (46.1), 25th in redzone efficiency (87.2) and 29th in first down production (22.6 fdpg).

Before experiencing action in all 13 games as a top-tier special teams blocker in 2010, Baker played in 13 of 14 contests as a reserve to help the Pirates capture their second-straight Conference USA title and earn a trip to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl as a sophomore. In all, he closed out his collegiate career with play in 42 games that included participation in a pair of bowls after the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

QB Dominique Davis | Bio Get Acrobat Reader | Atlanta Falcons website
Davis literally re-wrote the school's passing records during his brief 25-game career, becoming the first quarterback in Pirate history to ever complete over 700 passes for 7,000 or more yards.

In addition to ownership of both ECU career and single-season standards in completions (727/393) and touchdown passes (62/37), he holds the top two single-season marks in passing yards with 3,967 and 3,225 totals in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Davis' overall 7,192-yard passing performance stands fourth all-time among Pirate signal-callers, as are his 7,505 yards of total offense.

Davis, who began his career at Atlantic Coast Conference member Boston College before a one-year stint at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, directly accounted for 76 of East Carolina's 100 offensive touchdowns during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He threw for at least 250 yards on 18 occasions, reached 300 in 13 contests, surpassed 350 six times and enjoyed a pair of 400-yard or better outings, including a record 417 against North Carolina last Oct. 1. In all, he possesses six of ECU's best 15 single-game pass listings and two of the top three.

His first campaign with the Pirates resulted in a No. 1 national statistical ranking in completions per game (30.2), a No. 2 standing in points per game responsible for (21.4) and No. 4 finishes in passing yards per game (305.2) and total passing yards (3,967). Davis was selected Conference USA's Newcomer-of-the-Year after throwing for at least 200 yards and one touchdown in all 13 games, shattering five single-season school marks in the process.

One of Davis' senior year highlights in 2011 was setting the NCAA single-game record for consecutive completions with 26 to open the contest at Navy on Oct. 22 before finishing with a 40-of-45, 372-yard effort during the Pirates' 38-35 victory. Coupled with his last 10 successful throws a week earlier at Memphis, he also established a NCAA single-season standard with 36-straight completions. Overall, Davis accounted for 25 aerial scores and 3,225 yards on a 334-of-494 passing last fall, which marked an ECU-record 67.6 completion percentage.

In 25 games, Davis produced at least one TD stike on 23 occasions, three or more 12 times and a school-standard five in three contests. He also authored four of the top 10 Pirate passing performances in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium history.

CB Emanuel Davis | Bio Get Acrobat Reader | Cleveland Browns website
Davis, a two-time All-Conference USA selection, was a three-year starter in the East Carolina secondary. He ended his career, which spanned 49 games and included three bowl starts and a pair of league titles, with 230 tackles, 13.5 for lost yardage and 36 pass breakups. His nine interceptions rank as the 11th-most in Pirate history.

The Manteo (N.C.) High School product paced the 2011 unit with seven pass breakups and eight passes defended while ranking third in solo stops (29) and fifth in overall tackles (62). Davis registered season highs with eight hits and six solo stops against eventual C-USA champion Southern Miss, while tallying seven tackles and forcing a fumble versus Tulane.

He played and started all 13 games as a junior in 2010 and was credited with 54 tackles, nine breakups and a career-high two fumble recoveries. Davis also netted pass thefts against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents N.C. State and Maryland, the latter occurring on the Terrapins' first offensive play of the Military Bowl.

Davis established single-season personal bests in tackles (69), solo hits (51) and breakups (12) during his sophomore campaign in 2009 to help spark the Pirates to their second consecutive league title. In fact, his nine-stop performance against Houston in the C-USA Championship Game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium matched an earlier total against Virginia Tech as the top single-game effort of his career.

A four-interception, eight-pass breakup and 45-tackle inaugural season in 2008 earned Davis Freshman All-America designation by Rivals.com and selection to national all-rookie squads by CollegeFootballNews.com, Sporting News and Phil Steele Magazine. His initial collegiate start, one of 30 during his career, came against Houston on Sept. 27 and included an 11-yard interception return for a touchdown in the opening quarter.

WR Lance Lewis | Bio Get Acrobat Reader | Washington Redskins website
Lewis, who spent two years with Pirates after transferring from East Mississippi Community College, was an All-Conference USA selection by the league's head coaches both seasons. He ended his ECU career as the program's record-holder with 22 touchdown catches in just 22 games and also currently ranks third on Pirates' all-time receptions chart with 149 and fifth in yards with 1,716.

The Concord, N.C., native closed the 2011 campaign with team second-best totals in receptions (60) and yards (600), despite not playing in three of the final four games with right foot and left knee injuries. Despite the missed contests, Lewis finished the regular season ranked third in the league in receptions per game (6.7) and seventh in receiving yards per tilt (66.7).

In a home contest against North Carolina on Oct. 1, Lewis set a career high with 166 receiving yards - the sixth-highest total in ECU history. In the season opener against South Carolina, he caught 13 passes, one shy of the Pirate single-game record.

As a junior in 2010, Lewis turned in the second-highest single-season reception and reception yard totals in school history with 89 and 1,116, respectively, while his 14 scoring catches marked a new single-year program standard.