Fourth-Year Head Coach Reviews Spring Drills, Talks About Current State Of Program
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
Shane Carden passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns for the Pirates
An elusive, exciting and explosive playmaker whose athleticism and versatility impacts the offensive side of the ball as an inside receiver and on special teams as a return specialist ... Appears to have completely bounced back from a right knee injury suffered late during the 2011 season that forced him out of spring drills a year ago ... Turned in a strong spring effort in 2013 to earn an unequivocal nod as the Pirates' starting "H" receiver in addition to assuming a possible special teams role for a third-straight season ... Led all pass-catchers in receptions in each of the three spring scrimmages ... Opened action with seven receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown (five-yarder from Shane Carden) during the first contest on April 6 and then added a six-catch, 73-yard, one-TD (25-yarder from Carden) performance in the second contest ... Had eight grabs for 93 yards during the Purple-Gold Game ... A Fourth-Team Preseason All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ... Agility (and injury recovery) was confirmed by a program-best 6.54 clip in the three-cone (L) drill during spring strength and conditioning testing ... Also added a back squat lift of 440 pounds, a vertical leap of 29", a broad jump of 105" and a pro shuttle clip of 4.16 ... Will enter junior campaign with multiple receptions in 19 of 23 career contests.
2012: Finished third on the unit with 34 catches, fifth with 332 receiving yards (9.8 ypr) and second with five TD receptions ... Experienced action in 12 games and made two starts (Navy and UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl) ... Hauled down multiple receptions on nine occasions with a season-best six against Houston ... In addition, caught career-best three TDs against the Cougars (6, 12 and 9-yarders) - all in the first half ... Added fourth score of the year in the regular season finale against Marshall with four seconds remaining in regulation to set up Warren Harvey's game-tying PAT ... Also on receiving end of a 16-yard TD throw from Shane Carden in second quarter action against the Ragin' Cajuns .. After a slow start (five total catches in the first four games), averaged nearly four grabs per game in his last eight outings ... Produced two four-catch performances (Marshall, UL-Lafayette) and six three-catch efforts ... Seventeen of 34 receptions resulted in Pirate first downs, the third-most among receivers ... Recorded 14 plays (12/receiving, 2/KOR) that went for 10 or more yards ... Hauled down four passes for 20 or more yards, including a season-long 28-yarder at UAB ... Also had catches of 26 (South Carolina), 24 (Tulane) and 20 (Navy) ... Returned a pair of kickoffs at UCF for 23 yards with a long of 12.
2011: An exciting pass-catcher on offense and returner on special teams who was one of just two true freshmen to play during the campaign ... Experienced action in 11 games and started six, five as an inside receiver and one lined up in the backfield as a fullback ... Became the first true freshman to start for the Pirates in the season opener since 1997 (RG Chris Nelson at West Virginia) ... Earned additional five starts against Virginia Tech, Navy, Tulane, Southern Miss and UTEP ... Missed the season finale at Marshall due to a right knee injury suffered in the second quarter versus UCF ... Selected as ECU's "Newcomer-of-the-Year" during the program's annual awards banquet ... Ended debut campaign with 43 receptions for 418 yards and one touchdown ... Stood fourth on the team in catches and fifth in yards ... Turned in four receptions for 20 or more yards, tied for the fourth most on the squad ... Targeted 56 times, the fourth most among Pirate receivers ... Gained a team fourth-best 19 receiving first downs ... At his best on fourth down, hauling in all three passes intended and turning two into first downs and the other a touchdown ... Also excelled on second down, making 18 grabs on 20 attempted passes (90.0 percent reception rate) ... Caught all six passes intended in second-and-middle distance situations, gaining a trio of first downs ... Averaged team fourth-best 9.7 yards per catch ... In Conference USA games, was the squad's third-leading receiver with 27 grabs for 267 yards ... Also ranked third on the team during non-league tilts with 16 catches and 151 yards ... Posted nearly identical numbers inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and during road contests, collecting 19 receptions and 201 yards at home and 20 catches for 199 yards on the road ... Made 28 receptions for 291 yards (4.7 catches and 48.5 yards/game) the last six games after averaging 3.0 catches for 25.4 yards during the first five contests of the year ... Jumped up to 10.7 yards per catch during the second half of the season after averaging 8.8 per grab through the first six contests ... The squad's second-leading receiver in victories with 23 receptions for 264 yards, trailing only Lance Lewis' 29 catches and Andrew Bodenheimer's 276 yards ... Hauled in four or more passes in seven tilts (South Carolina, UAB, North Carolina, Memphis, Navy, Tulane, UTEP) and made at least one reception in every game played ... On special teams, added nine kickoff returns for 133 yards (14.8 ypr) and five punt runbacks, netting 31 yards (6.2 ypr) ... Stood sixth on the squad with 582 all-purpose yards ... Took over punt return duties for an injured Lance Lewis prior to the Southern Miss game and registered all six runbacks against the Golden Eagles, UTEP and UCF ... Caught a team-high six passes at UTEP, including Dominique Davis' only two completions (14 yards) during the first period ... Hauled in ECU's longest pass (15 yards) of the contest and was the only receiver with a grab in each quarter against the Miners ... Returned first three punts (14 yards) of career against Southern Miss ... Tallied a pair of receptions for 26 yards in the third frame against Tulane ... Established a personal best with 81 receiving yards at Navy after setting career high with seven receptions the week earlier at Memphis ... Kept ECU's fourth-quarter game-winning drive alive versus the Midshipmen with an 11-yard reception for a first down on a fourth-and-five play for his only catch of the second half ... Ended the opening half with 70 yards receiving versus the Mids ... Finished the first quarter versus Memphis with four grabs for 46 yards ... Caught first career touchdown pass (four yards) in the fourth quarter against North Carolina ... During the final frame against the Tar Heels, made three catches for 21 yards (7.0 ypc) ...Hauled in career-long 34-yard grab on the final play of the first half against UAB ... Caught one pass in each quarter against the Blazers ... Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2011 and joined the Pirates for spring drills, thus signed a grant-in-aid with the program instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy).
High School: A two-year and two-way starter at quarterback and safety for Havelock, where he established 22 new school standards records before graduating in December, 2010 ... Also a two-time All-Coastal Conference, all-area selection and team MVP ... A 2010 preseason NCPreps.com 3A All-State pick as a defensive back ... Named to the Associated Press All-State squad following junior season ... The Coastal Conference 3A Player-of-the-Year as a junior after throwing for 2,722 yards and rushing for 1,426 yards ... Accounted for 50 touchdowns, totaled 68 tackles and picked off six passes while leading Rams to a 13-2 record, an appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state semifinals and a 7-0 mark in Coastal Conference play ... Helped program win first league championship since 2001 ... Returned two interceptions for touchdowns ... Accounted for five touchdowns in 48-0 victory over East Carteret ... Did not participate as a senior ... Became Havelock's starting quarterback as a sophomore, guiding team to an 8-4 mark and playoff berth ... A junior varsity member as a freshman ... Played for head coach Jim Bob Bryant ... Rated as the 38th-best prospect in the state of North Carolina according to scout.com ... Ranked by ESPN.com as one of the top 100 athletes in the country ... A three-sport standout who earned two varsity letters playing basketball and three as a centerfielder on the baseball team ... An Honor Roll performer in the classroom ... Graduated from HHS in December, 2010.
Personal: Full name is Danny Ray Webster, Jr. ... Born December 15, 1992 at Havelock, N.C. ... Son of Danny and Kelly Webster ... Father was a football, baseball and wrestling letterman at the prep level, while uncle (Gordon Webster) played basketball ... A criminal justice major who earned inclusion on ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) during his first semester on campus in 2011.