Inside linebacker Jeremy Grove is the fifth Freshman All-America selection in East Carolina history.
Dec. 9, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Continuing his award-winning week, East Carolina inside linebacker Jeremy Grove has been placed on the CBSSports.com, FoxSportsNext.com and Yahoo! Sports Freshman All-America Teams, according to announcements from the websites. Grove joins Robert Jones (1988), Pernell Griffin (1998), Chris Moore (2002) and Emanuel Davis (2008) as the only Freshman All-America honorees in program history.
Earlier this week, Grove was named the Conference USA Freshman-of-the-Year in addition to earning a spot on the league's honorable mention and all-freshman squads. He also earned a nod to the Bleacher Report's All-Freshman Team.
The Frederick, Md., native set the East Carolina freshman record with a team-leading 122 tackles, the third-most hits by an ECU player in the last 14 years. Griffin (153/2001) and Moore (148/2003) are the only two players with a higher total.
With an average of 11.1 tackles per game, Grove currently stands third in the league and 10th among all FBS players while being the only freshman ranked among the top 88 nationally. He finished the season with eight double-digit tackle contests and became the first ECU defender with 10 or more stops in his first six games of a season since Griffin in 2001.
Grove started his debut campaign tallying 66 hits through the first five contests, good for an average of 13.2 tackles per matchup. During Conference USA games, he booked a team-best 75 stops, 24 more than any other Pirate.
In the team's league opener against UAB, Grove tallied a career-best 15 tackles, the most for an ECU player since Nick Johnson's 16 at Marshall Oct. 3, 2009. He added a career second-best 14 hits at Houston and 13 against eventual C-USA champion Southern Miss. In non-conference action, he collected 47 tackles with 20 solo stops.
On the CBSSports.com squad, Grove is one of only three players representing a program outside of a Bowl Championship Series automatic qualifying conference, while he is one of just two without an AQ connection on the FoxSportsNext.com team. The Yahoo! Sports teams consistest of six players, including Grove, from non-AQ conferences.