|97 Demage Bailey|
A physically-dominating athlete at times who earned a place on the preseason depth chart as a top reserve at one of the end positions … Versatility and athleticism enabled move from nose tackle slot during the spring by new coaching staff … Got proverbial feet wet with a limited role in 2014 playing behind first-team all-league performer Terry Williams in the middle before experiencing significant action as a sophomore in 2015 … Has played in 13 career contests with a pair of starts and logged 18 tackles (nine solo) … Produced multiple stop totals on five occasions … Initiated spring scrimmage campaign with three stops and a blocked field goal attempt in first scrimmage (April 9) … Credited with six tackles, including one for lost yardage, during the Purple-Gold Game on April 16 … In addition to an “Elite Pirate” designation, work in strength and conditioning program during the offseason earned a second consecutive “excellent” rating according to coach Jeff Connor’s power quotient … Ranks among the best of all defensive linemen with a bench press of 420 pounds, a back squat of 625, a power clean of 352 and a push jerk of 308 … Agility is also noteworthy with a 31” vertical, a 9’ broad, a shuttle drill time of 4.56 and a shot put toss of 60” … 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.
2015: Experienced action in 10 contests and made two starts at nose tackle … Opened first career game in opener vs. Towson before getting second start in mid-season tilt against Tulsa … Did not play in last pair of contests against UCF and Cincinnati because of a left knee injury … Registered a total of 18 tackles (nine solo) … Credited with multiple hits in five contests, including a career-best five against Towson … Contributed four stops vs. Tulsa and two each in outings against Florida, Virginia Tech and BYU … Tallied single tackles vs. Navy, Connecticut and USF … Added 1.5 TFLs, producing an unassisted stop behind the line of scrimmage against Tigers in third quarter of opener before assisting on another vs. Hokies … Notched first career forced fumble during second quarter action against Golden Hurricane … Of games played, did not record any statistics vs. SMU or Temple.
2014: Played in only three games, but impression was made on coaching staff that resulted in a postseason depth chart standing (Birmingham Bowl) … Experienced repetitions 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 university studies.