|86 Will Bland|
An over-achieving performer who maintained an admirable attitude during a difficult junior campaign which didn't feature any playing time after a productive big-play sophomore campaign ... Will open final season competing for a place on the two-deep at one of the wide receiver positions - one of the deepest units in the program ... Hopes strong spring game performance will spark playing time candidacy this fall after topping all receivers in '06 Purple-Gold Game with four catches for 33 yards (long of 14).
2005: Did not experience action as a junior despite preseason placement on two-deep prior to fall camp.
2004: Played in nine games and made one start (N.C. State in season finale) ... ECU's top big-play receiver, averaging a team-best 28.9 yards per catch (eight receptions for 231 yards) ... Stood second among unit with two touchdown grabs (Houston, Memphis) ... Recorded career-long catch of 60 yards vs. Memphis at Dowdy-Ficklin Stadium ... Did not make first reception of season until snaring a 58-yard TD toss from James Pinkney at Houston ... Caught second pass of the season for an 18-yard gain at USF ... Enjoyed career day vs. Memphis in home finale, establishing personal bests in receptions (5), receiving yards (147) and long catch (60) ... Also netted second career TD reception vs. Tigers on 60-yarder from Pinkney which tied contest 35-35 with just 3:02 remaining ... Closed out season with an eight-yard catch against N.C. State at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte ... Also played in ECU's JV game against Hargraves Military Academy Oct. 12, making a pair of catches for 36 yards ... Also completed a 39-yard TD pass to Steven Rogers on a flea-flicker play.
2003: Played in three games as a redshirt freshman and caught a total of five passes for 23 yards ... Netted a then-career best three receptions for 22 yards against Wake Forest ... Also turned in a season-long catch of 17 yards against the Demon Deacons.
2002: Spent first college season in Pirate program as a redshirt.
High School: Completed 47-of-96 passes for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior quarterback at Havelock High School ... Also rushed 131 times for 775 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards a carry ... Was a two-year starter at quarterback and led the Rams to state playoff appearances in their first year at 4-A level ... Selected to the All-Big East 4-A Conference squad and was invited to play in East-West All-Star Game ... On the defensive side of the ball, set a school record with 95-yard interception return for touchdown ... Prep coach was Wilbur Sasser, a Goldsboro, N.C., native who lettered at East Carolina from 1968-70 ... Earned additional letters in track and basketball and captured team MVP awards in both football and track.
Personal: Full name is William Henry Bland ... Born April 25, 1983 at Jacksonville, N.C. ... Major is physical education major (exercise and sport sciences) ... ... Named to the 2004 Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Son of William, Sr., and Lula Bland ... Has five brothers and sisters.