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Eric
Wicks
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Height: 6-1
Weight: 205
Sport: Football
Position: DB

Biography

Third-year starting safety ... can excel at free, bandit or spur ... a leader in the secondary because of his experience and big-play ability ... outstanding athlete who has natural ball skills ... has studied the game to better understand the overall defense ... a summer, 2007, graduate who regained a year of eligibility upon receiving his degree ... 2006 first team all-BIG EAST, all-ECAC ... three tackles in the Friends of Coal Bowl ... team-best five tackles vs. Eastern Washington ... five stops in Maryland win ... team-high eight tackles with a nine-yard interception at East Carolina ... key fourth-quarter interception in the WVU end zone in win at Mississippi State ... also had two sacks and six tackles against the Bulldogs ... team-best eight tackles and a PBU vs. Syracuse ... eight-yard sack with four tackles at Connecticut ... four tackles, a TFL and a pass breakup at Louisville ... forced and recovered a Cincinnati fumble along with five solo stops against the Bearcats ... three sacks and six tackles in win at Pitt ... team-best nine tackles, with a 10-yard sack and a 32-yard interception in the USF game ... six tackles in Rutgers win ... four tackles in Gator Bowl win ... BIG EAST honor roll: East Carolina, Mississippi State ... defensive champion: Syracuse, Rutgers ... Coaches’ Contribution Award ... 2005 second team all-BIG EAST ... 61 tackles for the year ... returned a Syracuse interception 31 yards for WVU’s first touchdown of the season ... also had four tackles, a sack and TFL against the Orange ... forced a Wofford fumble ... also had an eight-yard sack and two tackles against the Terriers ... forced a Maryland fumble ... seven tackles vs. East Carolina ... eight tackles in Virginia Tech game ... five tackles at Rutgers ... nine tackles in the Louisville win, including the last tackle of the game as UL QB Brian Brohm tried to run for a two-point conversion in the third overtime ... sack and four tackles in win against Connecticut ... leading tackler with nine in win at Cincinnati, with a TFL and a forced fumble ... forced a Pitt fumble and had a pass deflection, a TFL and seven tackles against the Panthers ... four tackles in win at USF ... three tackles and a fumble recovery in the Sugar Bowl ... Coaches Contribution Award ... defensive champion: Syracuse, Cincinnati ... BIG EAST honor roll: Syracuse ... backup spur in 2004 with 14 tackles for the season ... 34-yard interception for touchdown in third quarter at Virginia Tech ... three tackles in the Temple win ... did not participate in football during 2003 ... player of the year at 13-1 Perry Academy, the three-time Pittsburgh city league champions ... first team all-state and all-city for Coach Bill Gallagher ... 22 receptions totaled 643 yards and 16 touchdowns ... also returned four career punts for TDs and made 22 career interceptions ... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 teams ... birthday is March 19 ... son of Yvonne Wicks ... a summer, 2007, graduate with a bachelor’s degree in athletic coaching education


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