Regarded as one of the outstanding players of his era, Wayne Lineberry was a three-year starter for coach Clarence Stasvich's team from 1966-68. He began his ECU career as a linebacker on the freshman team in 1965 and was named the team's Most Outstanding Freshman. He spent his first two seasons at middle linebacker before converting to defensive tackle. In 1966, he was a member of the best defense in the Southern Conference as the Pirates held their opponents to a league-best 272.9 yards per game. ECU finished 4-1-1 in the conference that season to earn a share of its first league championship. Once the 1967 season concluded, Lineberry joined the wrestling team and competed in the heavyweight division for one season. At the conclusion of his collegiate playing career, the Buffalo Bills in the 17th round of the 1969 NFL Draft selected him.