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Brown, ECU extend hold on yards streak

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East Carolina receiver Trevon Brown heads upfield against Connecticut at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday night.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, November 17, 2018

At 999 receiving yards for the season, East Carolina wide receiver Trevon Brown was looking for just one more to add consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to his college football resume.

The Pirates lined up midway through the second quarter on first-and-10 in their own territory. Holton Ahlers completed a quick pass to Tyler Snead, who proceeded to the left side of the field. Upon his arrival, Brown laid a hit on a nearby Connecticut cornerback, diving for his legs.

Officials penalized Brown for blocking below the waist, forcing the Pirates into second-and-long.

Ahlers stepped to the line of scrimmage looking to recover some yards lost by the penalty. As he took in the snap, he saw Brown exiting from a quick cut on his curl route and delivered the ball. Brown brought the pass in and fought for extra yardage, picking up 12 yards on the play and giving ECU a manageable distance on third down.

Brown ended up recording four receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown in ECU’s 55-21 blowout win over UConn on Saturday night.

That first catch not only helped his team on the field, but it extended a streak unmatched by the rest of the NCAA. East Carolina has had an 1,000-yard receiver in seven straight seasons, the most in major college football. Four teams — Boise State, Houston, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech — are tied for second with three straight seasons.

Justin Hardy was the first in 2012, recording 1,105 yards in his sophomore season. He continued his dominance into his years as an upperclassman, with 1,284 yards in 2013 and 1,494 in 2014. Cam Worthy also joined the club in 2014, posting 1,016 yards. Zay Jones then brought in consecutive 1,000-yard outputs in 2015-16 as part of his record-breaking career, recording 1,099 and 1,756 yards respectively. Brown continued the streak last season with 1,069, and he is at 1,030 after Saturday night.

“It means a lot to me,” Brown said of the Pirate streak. “I talk to those guys on a daily basis, and I just didn’t want to be that receiver from that era. I didn’t want to be the receiver who came up with them that didn’t get 1,000 yards. I did everything in my power over the spring and the summer just to get the opportunity to keep this thing going.”

Brown continues to be the undisputed leader of the Pirates pass-catching core, once again facing another bleak year in which ECU has defeated only Old Dominion, North Carolina and now the 1-10 Huskies.

Brown continues to strive for greatness in his final season in Greenville. His hard work does not go unnoticed by coaches and teammates.

“I’ve said it before that Trevon has never missed a practice,” head coach Scottie Montgomery said. “When you’re a receiver, all sorts of things can come up — (injured) fingers, hamstrings, turf toe, knee, shoulders, just a plethora of things that come up, but he hasn’t missed. ... So if you want to talk about work ethic, it’s incredible for a guy to go his senior year and not miss a practice.”

Brown will have two more games to finalize his legacy as a member of the Pirates offense. ECU will travel north to face AAC East foe Cincinnati next week, followed by an in-state matchup with rival N.C. State to finish the season.

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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