Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Pirates Keep Preparation Efforts On Course For Saturday's Scrimmage
East Carolina Wraps Up First Week Of Spring Work
Wrapped up his first spring by earning a position on the depth chart at one of the inside linebacking slots behind All-America selection Jeremy Grove and top reserve Ty Holmes ... A quick, agile and strong young talent who could also become a prime contributor on various special teams units during first active season ... Progressed statistically each spring scrimmage, tallying one stop in the opener (March 31) and logging two a week later (April 7) ... Led all defenders with eight tackles, including one for lost yardage (-2), during the Purple-Gold Game on April 14 ... An "iron" level performer in ECU's strength and conditioning program, posting a bench press of 370 pounds, a vertical leap of 31", a broad jump of 9'1.2, a 3-cone drill time of 7.03 and a 40 clip of 4.70.
2011: Redshirted and served as a member of the scout team during initial year in the ECU program ... Inked with Ruffin McNeill and the Pirates during the traditional February signing period.
High School: A two-year starter and All-Big South 3A Conference selection for the Green Wave after transferring from Forestview High School prior to junior campaign ... Played both ways as a senior, adding running back duties to linebacker role ... Tallied 93 tackles, six for a loss, one sack and one interception during final year ... Offensively as a senior, rushed for 498 yards and five touchdowns ... Scored a TD on offense and tied for the team lead with six tackles in guiding Green Wave to first victory of 2010 season against Crest ... Named the Gaston Gazette Defensive Player-of-the-Week following Crest heroics ... Guided Ashbrook to four victories in year's final seven contests ... Paced the team with eight tackles in last game of the season, a 3AA playoff defeat in a rematch versus Crest ... Named the team's offensive skill player-of-the-year following final season ... Booked 101 tackles, including five for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and picked off a pass during breakout junior season ... On the Forestview varsity unit both seasons prior to transferring ... Noted for run-stopping ability ... Rated as the 96th best outside linebacker in the nation according to ESPN.com ... Also listed on the 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List ... One of 400 national nominees for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl prior to senior season ... Played basketball at Ashbrook and Forestview ... Named to the Honorable Mention All-Gaston Gazette basketball team as a junior, when he was the Green Wave's leading scorer and rebounder ... Also selected as the basketball team's most valuable player and defensive player-of-the-year.
Personal: Full name is Ezekiel Eugene Bigger but prefers to go by Zeek ... Son of Cathy Barrino and Fredrick Bigger ... A sports studies major.