|56 Demetri McGill|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
A physically-strong and imposing figure in the defensive trenches who could take another step in career as a conference honors candidate during senior campaign … Should be the Pirates’ starting nose tackle for the second-straight year … A Preseason All-American Athletic Conference choice by Phil Steele Magazine (fourth-team) … Was thrown into the fire early as a true freshman in 2013 and responded favorably despite the lack of collegiate experience … Has played in 31 career contests with 11 starts and recorded 51 stops (23 solo) … Also has posted 6.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries … Registered multi-tackle totals on 13 occasions … Credited with one hit and a forced fumble in the first scrimmage (April 9) and logged three stops, including one for lost yardage (-2) during the Purple-Gold Game (April 16) … Numbers posted during strength and conditioning testing phase remained consistently impressive, in fact, ranking as “excellent” according to coach Jeff Connors’ power quotient … Owns notable lifts such as a 400-pound bench press, a 645-pound back squat, a 308-pound power clean and a 318-pound push jerk … Among defensive line leaders with a 30.5” vertical leap, a 9’1” broad jump and a 63” shot put throw.
2015: Started 10 of 12 contests at nose tackle … Came off the bench in the first (Towson) and last game (Cincinnati) … Tallied 38 tackles (20 solo), 5.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks … Also recovered two fumbles (Florida, BYU) to rank fifth among all American Athletic Conference defenders and was credited with a pair of quarterback pressures (both vs. Tulsa) … Recorded at least one stop in all 12 games, compiling two or more 10 times … Established a career-high with six tackles during ECU’s 35-28 win vs. Virginia Tech at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Registered full sacks against Hokies (-6 yards) and BYU (-1), while posting a half sack against Connecticut … Other TFLs came vs. Florida (1.5), Temple (0.5) and USF (1.0) … Other tackle totals of note include a five-stop outing against Bulls and a trio of four-tackle performances against Navy, BYU and Temple … Also had three hits on three occasions (Florida, Connecticut, Cincinnati) … Thirty-five (35) of 38 overall stops came on rushing plays.
2014: Played in 10 games, making first collegiate start against Connecticut at the end position, opposite Chrishon Rose … Did not experience action against Temple, Cincinnati or Florida (Birmingham Bowl) … Tallied seven tackles (all assists), which included a season-best five against N.C. Central in the season opener … Also collected a pair of stops against the Huskies … Did not record any statistics against South Carolina, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, SMU, USF, Tulane, Tulsa and UCF ... Provided help to 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 Pirate defense that allowed just 32 fourth quarter points in American Athletic Conference action (outscoring opponents 109-32).
2013: Earned selection to the Conference USA’s All-Freshman Team after being elevated to the unit’s two-deep and stripped of a redshirt season prior to ECU’s contest at North Carolina on Sept. 28 … Played in nine games as Chrishon Rose’s top backup and tallied six tackles (three solo) … Contributed one multi-tackle efforts, collecting two hits against Tulsa at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium … Had one solo stop in collegiate debut against the Tar Heels and also added single tackles in contests against Middle Tennessee, Tulane and FIU … Also booked first career sack and a batted pass against the Golden Panthers down in Miami … In games played, helped hold four opponents to 100 or less rushing yards (UNC/67, MTSU/89, TUL/85, FIU/73) ... Signed with Ruffin McNeill’s program in February.
High School: Tallied 112 total tackles, 19 for lost yardage and 12 sacks to lead Ocean Lakes to a 14-1 overall record and an AAA Beach League title with a 10-0 mark as a senior ... Also credited with a punt and two field goal blocks ... Helped head coach Chris Scott and the Dolphins reach the Virginia High School League Group AAA Division 6 State Championship Game in 2012 before dropping title contest to Bird (14-10) ... A mainstay for a defensive unit that held opponents to just 118 points in 15 games - an average of 7.9 points per contest ... In all, OLHS posted six shutouts and held 14 of 15 opponents to 15 points or fewer ... Earned VirginiaPreps.com All-Eastern Region Second Team and Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater First-Team honors after senior campaign ... A three-star recruit who is rated among the top 45 prospects in the state according to ESPN.com ... Cited as the No. 3 prospect in South Hampton Roads by the Virginian-Pilot because of his "athleticism and explosiveness off the ball" ... Selected to the Virginia High School Coaches Association Second Team All-State and AAA Beach First-Team squads as a junior after playing a role in the Dolphins' 8-3-1 overall record (8-2 conference) ... Collected 70 stops, 15.0 tackles for lost yardage and eight sacks in 2011 … Suffered knee injury during sophomore season which limited play ... Also considered Maryland.
Personal: Full name is Demetri Vidal McGill … Born November 29, 1994 at Virginia Beach, Va. … A communications major.