Three Pirates make all-conference

Published 6:26 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2011

IRVING, Texas – Three East Carolina players were named to the All-Conference USA Football Teams, according to an announcement from the league office Tuesday. Senior outside receiver Lance Lewis and fellow senior Emanuel Davis, a defensive back, were named to the All-C-USA Second Team while freshman inside linebacker Jeremy Grove earned an honorable mention nod.
Lewis, a Preseason All-Conference USA honoree, ended the year 60 receptions for 600 yards in just nine games. He missed three of the final four contests with right foot and left knee injuries. Despite the shortened campaign, Lewis finished the regular season ranked third in the league in receptions per game (6.7) and seventh in receiving yards per contest (66.7).
The Concord, N.C., native ended his East Carolina career as the program record-holder with 22 touchdown catches. Lewis also ranks third on Pirates’ all-time receptions (149) chart and fifth in yards (1,716). Among all active FBS players, he stands fifth in career catches per game (6.8) and 11th in receiving yards per game (78.0).
In the home contest against in-state rival North Carolina, 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 and tied for the most grabs in a contest by a C-USA receiver this season.
Davis, another Preseason All-Conference USA honoree, paced the team with seven pass breakups and eight passes defended while ranking third in solo tackles (29). In the final game of his career, at Marshall, he booked a season second-best seven tackles, including six stops in the opening half.
The Manteo product registered season highs with eight tackles and six solo stops against Southern Miss while tallying seven hits and forcing a fumble versus Tulane. Davis intercepted his first pass of the season, and ninth of his career, at Memphis. The nine interceptions are the 11th most in program history. A week earlier at Houston, he recorded his first career sack by bringing down Case Keenum for an 11-yard loss in the second quarter.
Grove turned in the best campaign by a freshman defensive player in East Carolina history. He paced the Pirates with 122 tackles, 45 solo hits, 77 assists, 85 stops on rushing plays and 36 passing tackles. Grove currently stands third in Conference USA and 10th among all FBS players with 11.1 stops per game and is the only freshman in FBS’s top 88 tacklers.
A native of Frederick, Md., Grove was credited with a career-high 15 stops against UAB in the Pirates’ league opener. The hits were the most in a game for an ECU player since Nick Johnson’s 16 at Marshall Oct. 3, 2009. Grove tallied his first career sack in the opening quarter versus UCF, dropping Jeff Godfrey for nine-yard loss. At Houston, Grove booked a personal second-best 14 stops and tallied 13 tackles versus Southern Miss.
The league’s individual awards will be released Wednesday, December 7. Conference USA will conclude its 2011 season by sending five teams to bowl games.

2011 All-Conference USA Teams
First Team
QB – Case Keenum, Sr., Houston
RB – Zach Line, Jr., SMU
RB – Charles Sims, So., Houston
OL – Clint Anderson, Sr., Tulsa
OL – Kelvin Beachum, Sr., SMU
OL – Lamar Holmes, Sr., Southern Miss
OL – Matt McCants, Sr., UAB
OL – Chris Thompson, Sr., Houston
TE – Justin Johnson, Sr., Houston
WR – Cole Beasley, Sr., SMU
WR – Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston
WR – Darius Johnson, Jr., SMU
DL – Vinny Curry, Sr., Marshall
DL – Tyrunn Walker, Sr., Tulsa
DL – Cordarro Law, Sr., Southern Miss
DL – Taylor Thompson, Sr., SMU
LB – Curnelius Arnick, Sr., Tulsa
LB – Sammy Brown, Sr., Houston
LB – Trent Mackey, Jr., Tulane
DB – Omar Brown, Sr., Marshall
DB – Richard Crawford, Sr., SMU
DB – Marquese Wheaton, Sr., Southern Miss
DB – Josh Robinson, Jr., UCF
Special Teams
K – Kevin Fitzpatrick, Sr., Tulsa
P – Kyle Martens, Sr., Rice
KR – Rannell Hall, Fr., UCF
PR – Tracy Lampley, Sr., Southern Miss
LS – Matt Camilli, Sr., UTEP
Second Team
QB – Austin Davis, Sr., Southern Miss
QB – G.J. Kinne, Sr., Tulsa
RB – Orleans Darkwa, So., Tulane
RB – Ja’Terian Douglas, So., Tulsa
OL – Jacoby Ashworth, Jr., Houston
OL – Joe Duhon, Jr., Southern Miss
OL – Ron Leary, Sr., Memphis
OL – Nick Pieschel, Sr., UCF
OL – Jason Weaver, Sr., Southern Miss
TE – Clay Sears, Sr., Tulsa
WR – Tyron Carrier, Sr., Houston
WR – Willie Carter, Jr., Tulsa
WR – Lance Lewis, Sr., East Carolina
DL – Marquis Frazier, Sr., SMU
DL – Dezman Moses, Sr., Tulane
DL – Dontari Poe, Jr., Memphis
DL – Scott Solomon, Sr., Rice
LB – Ja’Gared Davis, Sr., SMU
LB – Marcus McGraw, Sr., Houston
LB – Taylor Reed, Jr., SMU
DB – Jamie Bender, Sr., UAB
DB – Emanuel Davis, Jr., East Carolina
DB – D.J. Hayden, Jr., Houston
DB – Dexter McCoil, Jr., Tulsa
Special Teams
K – Danny Hrapmann, Sr., Southern Miss
P – Ian Campbell, Jr., UTEP
KR – Tyron Carrier, Sr., Houston
PR – Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston
LS – Charley Hughlett, Sr., UCF