GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina senior punter Matt Dodge continued to pick up post-season honors when he was tabbed Second-Team All-America by SI.com and Fourth-Team by Phil Steele Magazine. Joining Dodge with SI.com honors were fellow classmate Van Eskridge and junior Dwayne Harris, who were named Honorable Mention All-America.
Earlier in the week Dodge, who was named first-team All-Conference USA by league coaches and Phil Steele Magazine, was named second-team (SportingNews) and third-team (Rivals.com) All-America. Dodge stands first in C-USA and second nationally in punting average (48.5), while ranking among the career NCAA active leaders in punt average (second), career yards (fourth), career punts (t-6th) and punts per game (13th).
In 40 career games, he has amassed 9,352 yards on 215 punts for a 43.5 average, which currently ranks second on the school's all-time punting charts. The preseason honorable mention All-America selection by CollegeFootballNews.com and Ray Guy Award Watch List candidate has dropped a total of 22 kicks inside the opponent 20-yard line and booted 21 of his 62 punts for 50 or more yards, including a season-long 73-yarder against Memphis, tying his career-long punt (Tulsa/2008).
Eskridge, a three-year starter at free safety, was a key member in ECU's 38-32 win over No. 18 Houston in the Conference USA Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 5 as he picked off a pair of passes, including one in the endzone with 42 seconds remaining. Eskridge earned an ESPN GameDay Final helmet sticker for his play against the Cougars, which also included 10 stops. The Shelby, N.C. native leads the Pirates with six interceptions, which ranks 13th in the NCAA, while ranking second on the squad in tackles (93) and pass breakups (7).
The two-time first-team All-Conference USA selection has started 46 of 53 career games tallying 354 tackles (192 solo), which ranks ninth all-time at ECU. He has intercepted 11 career passes and ranks among the NCAA career active leaders in total tackles (fifth), assisted tackles (ninth), solo tackles (t-10th), interception return yards (t-11th) and interceptions (t-13th).
Harris, who became the second Pirate in three years to be named C-USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Year following Chris Johnson in 2007, has posted 2,002 all-purpose yards, the second-highest single-season total in school history and scored 14 touchdowns. Included are 932 yards on 34 kickoff returns (27.4 avg.) and he became the first player in ECU and C-USA history to return three kickoffs for touchdowns in one season.
The Stone Mountain, Ga. native earned All C-USA honors as a wide receiver (first-team) and kick returner (second-team) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 C-USA Championship Game back on Dec. 5. He has caught 79 passes for 914 yards with six scores while rushing for 149 yards on 31 carries with five touchdowns. Harris currently owns the school record for career receptions (163) while ranking second with 1,814 receiving yards.
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