Aug 20, 2013
All-Time Offensive Unit (First-Team)
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Four members of the East Carolina Hall of Fame (Jeff Blake, Earnest Byner, Carlester Crumpler Sr. and David Garrard) along with the school's all-time leading rusher (Junior Smith) and receiver (Dwayne Harris) have been named by the fans as members of the All-Time Offensive Team during a recent vote celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Quarterback - David Garrard (1998-2001)
Selected to ECU Hall of Fame in 2012 ... Three-time All-Conference USA selection ... Led ECU to 29 victories and three bowl game appearances (Mobile Alabama Bowl/1999, Galleryfurniture.com Bowl/2000, GMAC Bowl/2001) ... Established 28 passing and total offense records ... Four-year letterwinner ... Currently holds the school records for passing yards (9,029) and total offense (10,238) ... 2001 Unitas Golden Arm Award Candidate ... Participated in the 2002 Senior Bowl ... At end of Pirate career held four of the Top-10 passing performance seasons along with the career record for completions (666) ... As a sophomore he led the Pirates to a 9-3 record in 1999, which included a come-from-behind victory over No. 13 Miami (Fla.) at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh ... The following season he directed the Pirates to an 8-4 record highlighted by a galleryfurniture.com Bowl win over Texas Tech ... Selected in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars ... Played 11 seasons with three teams (Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets) before retiring in 2013 ... Earned the Ed Block Courage Award in 2004 and selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009 ... Passed for 16,000 yards with 89 TD passes, while rushing for 1,746 with 17 scores.
Running Back - Earnest Byner (1980-83)
Enshrined into ECU Hall of Fame in 1998 ... Three-year starter ... Finished career with 2,049 rushing yards on 378 carries (5.4 average) ... Honorable Mention All-America selection in 1983 ... Ranks 11th on ECU's all-time rushing list ... Rushed for career-best 180 yards against William & Mary (Nov. 13, 1982) in ECU's 31-27 win ... Selected in the 10th round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns ... Played 14 seasons in the NFL with three teams (Brown, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens) ... Enjoyed finest season of his career in 1990 with the Redskins where he finished fourth in the league with 1,219 yards rushing, earning the first of two Pro Bowl selections (other 1991) ... Followed that season by rushing for 1,048 yards (fifth in NFL) and helping the Redskins to a victory in Super Bowl XXVI ... Finished career with over 8,000 career rushing yards, 56 rushing TDs and 15 receiving TDs ... In 2001 was named one of the 70 greatest Washington Redskins of all-time ... Inducted in to the Ravens Ring of Honor in 2001.
Running Back - Chris Johnson (2004-07)
Four-year letterwinner ... Finished collegiate career as one of the nation's top all-purpose backs in history ... ECU's initial First-Team All-America selection since 1999 (Pro Football Weekly) ... Set or tied 18 single-game, season and career records ... Two-time All Conference USA selection ... Earned all-purpose yard average national (FBS) statistical title in 2007 (227.7 ypg) ... Came within just 136 yards of matching his combined freshman, sophomore and junior year rushing totals (1,559) during his senior season (1,423) alone ... Left program as its most prolific single-season scorer (144 points) ... ECU's all-time kickoff return (2,715) and all-purpose yards (6,993) leader ... Started 36 of 47 games played ... Led Pirates in rushing as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... Was often used as a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield as evidenced by his school-record 125 receptions and 1,296 receiving yards by a running back ... Recorded at least one reception in 41 of 47 career games played ... Ranks third on school's all-time rushing charts (2,982) and sixth on receptions list (125) ... Posted nine career 100-yard rushing and two 100-yard receiving games ... Fumbled just twice on the road during his four-year career and averaged just 2.5 fumbles per season overall ... Set a Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl-record with 223 ground yards vs. Boise State, helping set an all-time NCAA Bowl record for all-purpose yards (408) earning MVP honors ... Selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft (pick 24 overall) by the Tennessee Titans ... Three-time Pro Bowl selection (2008-10) ... Named First-Team All-Pro and Associated Press NFL Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 2009 after becoming the sixth player in league history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season ... Set NFL record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage in 2009 ... In five seasons with the Titans has rushed for 6,888 yards with 44 touchdowns, while adding 1,658 receiving yards and four more scores.
Wide Receiver - Terrance Copper (2000-03)
Four-year letterwinner ... Currently ranks sixth all-time in the Pirate annuals with 139 catches and 1,683 receiving yards ... As a senior in 2003, set a then school single-season record in receptions (87) and receiving yards (897) ... Earned second-team All-Conference USA honors after leading the league in receptions as a senior (87) ... Ranked seventh nationally with 7.25 receptions per game (2003) ... Posted a pair of 100-yard receiving games ... Spent two seasons as the Pirates primary punt returner (2002-03) returning 57 punts for 452 yards ... Signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2004 ... Has spent 10 seasons in the NFL with four different teams ... Currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs ... Caught 84 career passes for 1,018 yards and six touchdowns ... Returned 31 career kicks for 574 yards.
Wide Receiver - Dwayne Harris (2007-10)
Four-year letterwinner ... Two-time All-Conference USA selection ... Completed collegiate career as ECU's first-ever 3,000-yard receiver ... Left the program as the school's all-time leader in both receptions and reception yards after breaking single-season standards in both categories as a senior in 2010 ... Became the first ECU player ever to be a part of five consecutive bowl appearances - traveling to the Papajohns.com Bowl as a true freshman in 2006 before playing key roles in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (2007 season), two AutoZone Liberty Bowls (2008, 2009) and the Military Bowl (2010) ... In addition, also was an integral part of two Conference USA championship squads in 2008 and 2009 ... Earned C-USA MVP Honors as a senior ... 2011 Senior Bowl Participant ... Ranked sixth nationally in receptions per game in 2010 ... Ranks second all-time in school history with 6,380 all-purpose yards ... Selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys ... Entering third season with the Cowboys where he has hauled down 17 receptions for 222 yards and a score ... Also has been utilized on special teams as a kick returner (19 KOR for 441 yards) and punt returner (37 PR for 434 yards).
Tight End - Luke Fisher (1988-91)
Four-year letterwinner ... As a senior named Honorable Mention All-America by Football News, First-Team All-South Independent by Associated Press and All-Bowl Team Football News ... Set six school records during his career ... Still holds tight end records single-game receiving yards (144 vs. NC State/1992), single-season receptions (72) and touchdowns (6), and career receiving yards (1,462) and touchdowns (11) mark ... Thirty-five of his 38 catches as a senior went for 10 or more yards with 33 of those resulting in a first down ... Caught game-winning touchdown from Jeff Blake with 1:32 remaining to propel ECU to a 37-34 win over NC State in the Peach Bowl ... Set a then Peach Bowl record with 12 receptions against the Wolfpack ... Selected in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings where he played two seasons.
Offensive Line - Terry Long (1980-83)
Four-year letterwinner ... ECU's first-ever First-Team All-America selection and the first consensus All-America in 1983 ... Participant in the 1983 Blue-Gray Game and Hula Bowl ... Two-time First-Team All-South Independent selection by the Associated Press ... As a junior earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors ... Named to 1983 Outland Trophy candidate for outstanding lineman ... Member of the 1983 Pirate squad that finished No. 20 in the final Associated Press poll after posting an 8-3 record losing to Florida, Florida State and Miami (Fla.) by a combined 13 points ... Selected in the fourth round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers ... Started 89 of 105 games for the Steelers during his eight-year career.
Offensive Line - Brian Rimpf (2000-03)
Four-year letterwinner ... Two-time Honorable Mention All-American ... Three-time First-Team All-Conference USA selection (2001-03) ... Two-time Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Candidate ... Paved the way for three-consecutive 1,000 yard rushers (Leonard Henry/2001, Art Brown/2002, Marvin Townes/2003) ... In 2001, anchored an offensive unit that ranked No. 25 nationally in rushing ... Two-time One of 11 players in the NCAA Division I-A named to the 2002 AFCA Good Works Team for community service ... Two-time GTE Academic All-American (2002-03) ... Participated in 2004 Senior Bowl ... Closed out career starting last 37 games ... Selected in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens ... Started seven of 16 career games with the Ravens in two seasons.
Offensive Line - Tootie Robbins (1978-81)
Four-year letterwinner ... Earned All-America honors as a senior from the Associated Press ... Participated in the 1981 Blue-Gray Game ... Named ECU Most Valuable Player (Offense) as a senior in 1981 ... Helped ECU to 25 wins including a 1978 victory over Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl (35-13) ... Lead blocker for Anthony Collins 1,130-yard ground performance in 1979 ... Helped the Pirates to a school-record 475.3 yards of offense per game ... Selected in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals ... Spent 12 seasons in the NFL playing for the Cardinals (10 years) and the Green Bay Packers (two) ... Started 41 of 159 career games.
Offensive Line - Tom Scott (1989-92)
Four-Year letterwinner ... Earned All-America honors as a senior ... Started 33 of 42 career games, including final 33 of his career the last three seasons ... Two-time First-Team All-South Independent selection ... Member of the 1991 Peach Bowl team that posted an 11-1 record and finished the season ranked No. 9 in the nation by the Associated Press ... Honorable Mention All-America selection as a junior ... Participated in 1993 East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl ... Selected in the sixth round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals ... Played one season for the Bengals starting 13 games.
Offensive Line - Guy Whimper (2002-05)
Four-year letterwinner ... Played three different positions (OT, DL, LB) under three different head coaches ... Named to Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2002 ... Moved to offensive line as a senior in 2005 where he started last 10 games (nine at right tackle) ... Participated in the 2005 Hula Bowl ... Selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the New York Giants ... Entering his eighth season in the NFL where he plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers ... Played three seasons with the Giants (2006-09) helping them win Super Bowl XLII, while also playing three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2010-12) ... Started 22 of 67 career games.
Quarterback - Jeff Blake (1988-91)
Selected to ECU Hall of Fame in 2006 and enshrined in 2007 ... Four-year letterwinner ... Honorable Mention All-America selection in 1991 ... Second-Team All-South Independent as a senior ... Orchestrated the greatest season in Pirate football history, leading ECU to an 11-1 overall record and a final national ranking of No. 9 in 1991 ... Finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting ... East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player-of-the-Year ... His 3,073 passing yards in 1991 ranks fourth on the ECU's all-time single-season charts ... Selected in the sixth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the New York Jets ... Spent 14 years as a quarterback for seven teams ... Pro Bowl selection in 1995 (Cincinnati Bengals) ... Passed for 21,711 yards with 134 career touchdowns.
Running Back - Carlester Crumpler, Sr. (1971-73)
Enshrined into ECU Hall of Fame in 1980 ... Three-year letterwinner ... Two-time Honorable Mention All-American ... Named 1972 Southern Conference Player-of-the-Year after rushing for a then school-record 1,309 yards, which currently ranks fifth on ECU's all-time charts ... Two-time First-Team All-Southern Conference selection ... Named United Press International Player-of-the-Week in 1973 ... Currently owns six school records including, most 100-yard rushing games in a season (9), carries in a season (340), rushing touchdowns in a season (17) and career (37) ... Concluded career as the Pirates' all-time leading rusher with 2,889 yards - now fourth all-time ... Participated in 1973 Blue-Gray Game ... Selected in the fourth round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills where he played four seasons ... Enshrined into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Running Back - Junior Smith (1991-94)
Four-year letterwinner ... Three-time Honorable Mention All-American ... Three-time First-Team All-South Independent ... ECU's all-time career rusher with 3,745 yards ... Only running back in school history to author three-straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons (1,037/'92, 1,352/'93, 1,204/'94) ... Scored nine rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons ... Recorded 16 triple-digit rushing efforts and was a Top-10 candidate for the 1994 Doak Walker Award ... Recipient of the 1994 St. Jude Liberty Bowl Scholar-Athlete Award and the 1995 Texas-Gulf Phosphate Outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete Award ... Played professionally with the Shreveport Pirates and Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League in 1995 and 1996.
Wide Receiver - Aundrae Allison (2005-06)
Two-year letterwinner ... Two-time Fred Biletnikoff Award Candidate ... In 22 games (all starts) with ECU, had a total of 145 career receptions which ranks fifth on the school's all-time list ... Wrapped up career standing third among all Pirate pass-catchers in all-time reception yards with 1,732 despite playing just two seasons (currently ranks fifth) ... A two-time All-Conference USA choice ... First 1,000-yard receiver in school history (1,024 in 2005) ... Authored seven 100-yard receiving games in two years with a career-best 163 against Duke ... Participated in the 2007 Senior Bowl ... Selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings ... Played four years in the NFL with the Vikings, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers hauling down 18 receptions for 231 yards.
Wide Receiver - Larry Shannon (1994-97)
Four-year letterwinner ... Complied 101 receptions for 1,714 yards and ranks seventh on the school's career receiving yardage chart ... As a junior led the nation in yards per reception (21.4) on his way to ECAC All-Star honors ... Named to the 1996 Fred Biletnikoff Award Watch List ... Participated in the 1998 Senior Bowl ... Selected in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins ... Spent three seasons in the NFL with the Dolphins (1998-99) and Oakland Raiders (2000).
Tight End - Carlester Crumpler, Jr. (1990-93)
Four-year letterwinner ... Named 1993 Walter Camp All-American ... Two-time Honorable Mention All-American (1992-93) ... Two-time First-Team All-South Independent selection ... Caught 81 passes for 959 yards and five touchdowns ... Participated in 1993 Senior Bowl ... Selected in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks ... Played six seasons in the NFL (five with Seattle, one with Minnesota) hauling down 90 receptions for 979 yards and four scores.
Offensive Line - Sean Allen (2006-09)
Four-year letterwinner ... First-Team All-Conference USA performer and All-Academic selection as a senior ... Played 46 games making 30 starts (26 at center) ... Logged 2,057 career snaps with 114 knockdown blocks ... Participated in four-straight bowls (Papajohns.com/2006, Sheraton Hawai'i/2007, Liberty/2009-10) ... Key member of ECU's back-to-back Conference USA Championship squads (2008-09) ... Signed free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills in 2010.
Offensive Line - Terrance Campbell (2006, 08-09)
Three-year letterwinner ... Named Second-Team All-Conference USA as a senior ... Played in 40 career games with 36 starts (14/right tackle, 9/left tackle, 13/left guard) ... Recorded 2,441 snaps from scrimmage with 142 career knockdown blocks ... Nominated for the FedEx Orange Bowl Courage Award because of comeback effort (emergency heart surgery in 2007) ... Participated in three bowls (Papajohns.com/2006, Liberty/2009-10) ... Key member of ECU's back-to-back Conference USA Championship squads (2008-09) ... Earned selection to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2006.
Offensive Line - Josh Coffman (2003-04, 06-07)
Four-year letterwinner ... Named Second-Team All-Conference USA and All-Academic selection as a senior ... Played three different positions along the offensive line (tight end, guard and tackle) ... Started 26 career games ... Participated in a pair of bowl games (Papajohns.com/2006, Sheraton Hawai'i/2007) ... Recorded a line-best 61.0 knockdowns in a unit-best 877 plays from scrimmage in 2006 ... Earned selection to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2003.
Offensive Line - Willie Smith (2007-10)
Four-year letterwinner ... First-Team All-Conference USA selection as a senior ... Spent first two seasons on the defensive side of the ball as a tackle before moving to the offense, first at the tight end position before settling into left tackle role ... In all, played in 52 career games and closed out collegiate action with a run of 27 consecutive starts ... Participated in four-straight bowls (Sheraton Hawai'i/2007, Liberty/2009-10, Military Bowl/2010) ... Key member of ECU's back-to-back Conference USA Championship squads (2008-09) ... Signed with the Washington Redskins in 2011 as an undrafted free agent ... Entering third season in the NFL (Redskins/2011, Oakland Raiders/2012-13) where he has started 10 of 13 games.
Offensive Line - Terry Tilghman (1991-94)
Four-year letterwinner ... First-Team All-South Independent selection as a senior in 1994 ... Started 25 of 30 career games ... Played four positions along the offensive line (C, LG, LT, RT) ... Started all 12 games as a senior ... Member of offensive line group that produced three-straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons by Junior Smith.