|97 Demage Bailey|
A young and, at times, physically-dominating athlete who is projected to battle for a starting job at nose tackle as a sophomore … Got proverbial feet wet with a limited role in 2014 playing behind first-team all-league performer Terry Williams, Demetri McGill and K’Hadree Hooker … Initiated spring scrimmage campaign with five stops (one TFL) in first scrimmage (March 28) … Bounced back from zero-tackle outing in second contest with two hits during the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 … Work in strength and conditioning program rates as “excellent” according to Jeff Connor’s power quotient … Tops all defensive linemen with a bench press of 410 pounds … Also ranked at the top or near the top with a back squat of 675 and a power clean of 338 … Agility is also noteworthy with a 31” vertical, a 9’ broad and a shuttle drill time of 4.56 … In all, has added 13 pounds to frame during the off-season … Initially signed a national letter-of-intent with East Carolina in February, 2013, but did not report to camp in August … Enrolled at ECU on a full-time basis in January, 2014 and began immediate physical development.
2014: Played in only three games, but impression was made on coaching staff that resulted in a postseason depth chart standing (Birmingham Bowl) … Experienced action in season opener vs. N.C. Central and again against North Carolina before closing the year with snaps against Florida at Legion Field during bowl action … Was not credited with any statistics in all three outings however.
High School: Listed among the Top 65 prospects in the state of North Carolina by MaxPreps.com as a senior ... Helped the Comets to a 9-4 overall record and a second-place finish in the Greater Neuse River Conference with a 6-1 divisional mark ... Named Greater Neuse River 4A Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2012 ... Also selected to the First-Team Greater Neuse River 4A All-Conference squad ... A two-way player (DE, TE) for coach Gary Fowler ... Tabbed as the recipient of the program's "Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award" as a senior ... A strong classroom performer, earning inclusion on the Principal's List during fall semester ... Picked up additional varsity letters as a two-year starting center for the Comets' basketball squad (as junior and senior).
Personal: Full name is Demage A. Bailey … First name is pronounced deh-MAH-zhey … Major is criminal justice.