|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.