|9 Cam Worthy|
Josh Hawkins Named American Defensive Player-of-the-Week
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Vintavious Cooper Runs for 198 Yards and Scores Two Touchdowns
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
A former invited walk-on who has worked his way into a projected starting assignment at the "X" outside receiving after just one active season in the Pirate program ... Athleticism and quick acclimation to ECU's offensive scheme should enable impact-producing campaign, especially if double-coverage units are insistent keying on inside pass catchers Justin Hardy and Isaiah Jones ... Soft hands accompany plenty of speed, agility and explosiveness ... Had a unit-high four receptions for 51 yards during the first spring scrimmage on March 31 ... Did not record statistics in the second tilt, but closed drills with a 10-yard touchdown catch (from Kurt Benkert) during the Purple-Gold Game ... Strength and conditioning testing numbers rank among the finest at position, especially considering short time in coach Jeff Connors' program ... Possesses a vertical leap of 43" - the third-highest jump ever recorded by a Pirate football player ... Also turned in a 10'9.5" broad jump ... Spring testing lift numbers of note include a 460-pound back squat, a 335-pound bench press and a 308-pound power clean ... Initially joined the ECU program during the summer of 2012, prior to the start of fall camp.
2013: Played in all 13 games in a reserve role as a member of receiving corps and on special teams ...Caught 19 passes for 295 yards (15.5 ypr) and two touchdowns ...Scored TDs against Tulsa (28-yarder) and Ohio (five-yarder for ECU's first score in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl) ... Established a career-high for reception yards with 58 vs. the Golden Hurricane ... Made collegiate debut against Old Dominion and hauled down a pair of catches for 36 yards ... Netted multiple receptions six times with a personal- best three vs. Southern Miss, Tulsa and UAB ... In addition to ODU, turned in two-catch performances vs. NC State and Ohio ... Racked up 42 reception yards vs. Bobcats at Tropicana Field, which included a season-long of 37 ... Also completed only pass attempt of campaign - a 14-yard TD strike to quarterback Shane Carden - to highlight a 20-0 fourth-quarter Pirate scoring run during bowl action against Ohio ... Seventeen of 19 receptions resulted in an ECU first down or touchdown ... Thirteen catches went for 10 or more yards (five for 20-plus) ... Booked one tackle vs. Virginia Tech (on a Hokies' interception return) ... Selected as the team's newcomer-of-the-year during the program's annual postseason awards banquet.
2012: Did not experience game-day action during first year in program ...Redshirted after joining squad as a junior college transfer and offered quality contributions to the scout team.
Junior College: Earned All-Bay Valley Conference honors as a sophomore under the direction of head coach Ted Hoal ... Helped lead the 49ers to a Sierra Central Credit Union Bowl appearance.
High School: A four-year letterman and team captain for coach J.W. Montgomery at Lower Richland High School ... Selected as LRHS's Player-of-the-Year as a senior.
Personal: Full name is John Cameron Worthy, but prefers to go by Cam ... Born April 6, 1992 at Blair, S.C. ... Brother Sedric Griffin was a linebacker at Georgia Tech from 2006 to 2009 ... Participated in training sessions conducted by David Patten (New England Patriots), Sam Gado (Green Bay Packers), Andre Goodman (Denver Broncos) and Tori Gurley (Cleveland Browns) ... A communications major.