HONORS CONTINUE FOR EAST CAROLINAâ€™S DAVIS
GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina defensive back picked up his fourth and fifth post-season honors Wednesday afternoon after being named 2008 Rivals.com First-Team Freshman All-American and Third-Team All-Freshman by Phil Steele Magazine.
Davis, who was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman last week, has played in 12 games with four starts. The Manteo, N.C. native currently leads the team in pass breakups (7), while sharing the team lead in interceptions (four). He was named C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week on Nov. 10 after picking off a career-best two passes against Marshall (11/8). Davis recorded interceptions in back-to-back contests (UCF and Marshall) and on his first career interception scored from 11 yards out against Houston.
Emanuel Davisâ€™ 2008 Awards:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Rivals.com Freshman All-American (first-team)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sporting News All-Freshman Team (second-team)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â CollegeFootballNews.com (CFN) All-Freshman Team (second-team)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Phil Steele Magazine All-Freshman Team (third-team)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Conference USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week (Nov. 10)
DODGE NAMED HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN
GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina punter Matt Dodge picked up his second post-season honor this week after being named Honorable Mention All-America by SI.com.
Dodge, who was named third-team All-Conference USA by Phil Steele Magazine, stands fourth in C-USA and 16th nationally in punting average (43.5), while ranking among the career NCAA active leaders in average (11th) and punts per game (11th).
On the season the Morehead City, N.C. native has punted 65 balls for 2,825 yards landing 18 inside the 20-yard line. Against Tulsa he booted a career-best 73-yarder punt setting a new C-USA Championship Game record, one of four records he established on the afternoon.
In 26 career games, he has amassed 6,132 yards on 145 punts for a 42.3 average, which currently ranks fourth on the schoolâ€™s all-time punting charts. A year ago Dodge set the single-season record for punt yards with 3,307.
Dodge and the Pirates will return to campus on Dec. 26 after a 10-day break to continue with bowl preparations that will pit ECU against Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Friday, Jan. 2.