HAMPTON—Hampton has a history of providing FBS (formerly I-A) transfers a productive second chance, and the Pirates' 2011 roster is no exception.
A short list: senior quarterback David Legree, leading the MEAC with 233.7 passing yards per game, transferred in 2009 from Syracuse; leading rusher Antown Chisholm (492 yards, five touchdowns) came to HU last season from Marshall; third-leading receiver Javaris Brown (335 yards, 1 TD) arrived last year from Virginia; and senior cornerback Micah Pellerin, leading HU with two interceptions and 10 pass break-ups, landed at HU in 2009 from Southern Miss.
The circumstances of each departure is different. Some players were dismissed, others wanted more playing time, others left after coaching changes. But however they get there, transfers seem to like HU.
Two cases in point: defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, who played three seasons for the Pirates after being dismissed from South Carolina and was taken in the third round of April's NFL Draft by the New York Jets; and linebacker Brandon Peguese, who played three seasons at HU after leaving South Florida and signed a free agent deal in July with the Philadelphia Eagles.
"It's good to have a lot of guys from I-A here," said HU junior running back Jeremiah Schwartz, who transferred last season from Iowa State. "It creates a bond. It creates a hunger. You know, 'I've been other places and I've seen the best of the best.'
"Once you're on the field, it makes you more accountable. When you have somebody that's been at a D-I (program), or somebody that could have been at a D-I, you hold them accountable on the field. If they make a mistake, you're going to be like, 'You're better than that.' You know that. It causes them to have to play better, and I like that."
Read how Schwartz is making the Pirates (4-3, 2-2 MEAC) better in Thursday's Daily Press.