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Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
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 Ready For First Scrimmage At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Expected to continue upward climb as a senior, moving from a full-time contributor off the bench into a possible starting position … Penciled in as a viable candidate to become ECU’s top “rush” (outside) linebacker on the preseason two-deep if full comeback from back injury is completed … Could also offer efforts on scout teams depending on final defensive assignment … Paid early dues as a stalwart special teams catalyst after gaining respectable reps as a redshirt freshman in 2013 before earning tackle title as a specialist in 2014 … Possesses a good mix of strength, speed and agility … Has played in 27 career games and booked 49 tackles (28 solo) … Registered multiple stops 14 times (two/2013, nine/2014, three/2015) ... Twenty (20) of 49 hits have come as a member of special teams unit … Held out of contact during first two weeks of spring drills because of a back injury, but returned to lineup to produce impressive performances in each scrimmage … Booked four stops, including two for lost yardage and a sack, during first contest on April 9 … Added four more hits and TFL during Purple-Gold Game on April 16 … Did not participate in spring strength and conditioning testing (injury) … Displayed the most improvement among all linebackers during the spring testing period as a sophomore, owning a 330-pound bench press, 445-pound back squat, a 308-pound power clean, 32.5” vertical leap and a 10’1” broad jump … Also trimmed times in the 40-yard dash (4.62 to 4.54), pro shuttle (4.46 to 4.09) and the three-cone drill (7.10 to 6.98).
2015: Experienced action in six contests and made one start … Opened first career game at UCF and helped Pirates to a 44-7 road win … Did not play in first six tilts, but returned to action as a reserve outside linebacker and member of special teams in the final six contests … Credited with 10 tackles (four solo) … Also had a fumble recovery (third quarter) and quarterback pressure (fourth quarter) against Knights … Recorded a season-high four stops at Connecticut and followed with a three-hit outing vs. USF … Made one tackle at UCF and tallied a pair of stops in season finale against Cincinnati … Eight tackles came on rushing plays, one on a pass and one on kickoff coverage … Selected as a team captain prior to the USF clash at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
2014: Appeared in 12 of 13 games (did not play against Connecticut) as a key linebacking reserve and valuable special teams performer … Tallied 33 tackles (20 solo) with a team-best 18 stops coming as a member of special teams unit (eight/on kickoff returns, eight/on punt returns) ... Recorded multiple tackles nine times with a career-best five at Cincinnati (two solo) ... Booked solo tackles for lost yardage against Tulane (-1 yard) and Tulsa (-2 yards) ... Registered four or more stops five times (quartet of four-tackle performances came against N.C. Central, North Carolina, SMU and USF) ... Experienced significant action as a reserve linebacker at Temple and Cincinnati ... Enjoyed strong finish with two or more tackles in the last five consecutive contests … In games played, helped a unit that held seven opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (N.C. Central/70, Virginia Tech/91, SMU/51, USF/93, Connecticut/84, Temple/65, Tulane/24) and ranked 11th nationally in rush defense (111.8 ypg) ... Part of a Pirate defense that allowed just 32 fourth quarter points in American Athletic Conference action (outscoring opponents 109-32).
2013: Selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... Played in nine contests in a reserve linebacking role and as a member of the special teams unit ... Tallied six tackles (four solo) ... Had multiple stops against Southern Miss (season-high three) and UAB (two) ... Made collegiate debut against Florida Atlantic, while netting first career tackle at Middle Tennessee ... Three of six stops were on special teams (kickoff return coverage) ... Also forced fumble against UAB at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
2012: Redshirted during true freshman campaign in the Pirate program … Contributed valuable efforts as a member of the scout team after signing with East Carolina in February.
High School: A two-way standout for the Colts who experienced action at both defensive end and wide receiver/tight end … Senior squad was 8-3 and earned a berth in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game before falling to Dunbar 33-21 … Coolidge posted a 4-1 league mark during final campaign … Named to the Washington Post All-Met Team (honorable mention) as a senior after hauling in 27 passes for 484 yards and nine touchdowns … Caught three TD passes against Anacostia to lead CHS to a 52-0 triumph … Defensively, booked 62 tackles, including a season high of 12 in a regular-season contest versus Dunbar, a 43-42 setback … Totaled 6.5 sacks for 58 yards lost and a pair of two-sack contests as a team captain … Also contributed six pass breakups and two fumble recoveries … After dropping first five games of junior season, helped Colts turn around campaign with wins in four of their last six games (4-2) … Played for head coach Natalie Randolph, a receiver for six years with the D.C. Divas of the National Women’s Football Association, and reportedly, the only female varsity football coach in the nation at that time … Rated by ESPN.com as the eighth-best recruit in the Washington D.C. area … Tabbed by SuperPrep Magazine as the 50th-best prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region … Attended the Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp … Also ran track for Coolidge … A four-year member of CHS’s Honor Roll for stellar classroom work.
Personal: Full name is Dayon Lorenzo Pratt, but says he prefers the nickname of Stickz … Born April 23, 1993 at Washington, D.C. … Completed requirements for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice during the summer of 2016 (participated in ECU’s Spring Commencement Exercises on May 6).