|19 Curtis Burston|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
A talented pass catcher who will have an opportunity to impact ECU’s receiving corps as a sophomore under new coaching staff … Appears to have successfully recovered from a lower back injury which prevented contact work in the spring of 2015 and slowing development … Expected to ultimately provide quality depth at either the “Z” or “X” receiving position, but will open preseason camp vying for a spot on the unit’s two-deep … Could also make significant contributions as a member of the special teams unit … Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2014 after signing a grant-in-aid with the program (instead of a letter-of-intent per NCAA policy) … Tallied a four-yard catch during the first spring scrimmage of 2016 (April 9), yet did not record a reception in the Purple-Gold Game on April 16 … Earned “good” rating (via power quotient) during spring strength and conditioning testing period … Recorded a bench press of 325 pounds, a front squat of 335 and a power clean of 294 … Ran a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash, owns a 31” vertical jump and a flex rating of 13.
2015: Played in seven games during first season on Pirates’ active roster, but did not record any receiving or special teams statistic … Appeared in contests against SMU, BYU, Tulsa, Temple, Connecticut, USF and UCF.
2014: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program and contributed efforts on scout team … Signed with the Pirates in February, but reported early as previously mentioned to allow participation in spring drills.
High School: A three-year letterman for Coach Mike Castellano at Middle Creek High School … Played in a similar offensive scheme and package during prep career that East Carolina currently utilizes … Experienced limited action as a senior because of a lower leg injury, but still made 40 receptions for 759 yards and 13 TDs in just seven games … Selected to play in the prestigious Shrine Bowl and represented North Carolina (vs. South Carolina) … Recorded 45 catches for 850 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior in 2012 to help guide the Mustangs to an 11-2 overall record and a perfect 8-0 Tri-Nine 4-A Conference ledger … A first-team all-conference honoree after junior campaign … Earned scout grade of 73 and was ranked among the top 55 players in the state by ESPN.com … Also recruited by Boston College … “Acceleration ability despite size” was cited in numerous recruiting publications … Officially committed to East Carolina on Aug. 18, 2013 … Picked up additional varsity letters in basketball.
Personal: Full name is Curtis Tysim Burston … Major is criminal justice ... A strong academic performer, earning ECU Honor Roll inclusion on multiple occasions.