Pirates Complete Last Weekday Practice of Spring Season
Pirates Ready For First Scrimmage At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Pirates Keep Preparation Efforts On Course For Saturday's Scrimmage
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Start Of Spring Practice
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Expected to bounce back from a spring injury and compete for playing time as a reserve on the defensive unit and on special teams during his first active season on the Pirates' roster ... Opened fall camp on the depth chart as a backup along with Brandon Williams and Desi Brown at the "buck" inside linebacking position behind starter Kyle Tudor ... Lost valuable development time after suffering a left knee injury during the late stages of a spring practice on April 1 (missing all three scrimmages) ...Strength and conditioning testing numbers include a 325-pound bench press, a 460-pound back squat, a 308-pound power clean, a 300-pound push jerk, a 34" vertical and a 4.11 clip in the pro shuttle.
2012: Turned in an award-winning effort as a member of the Pirates' development squad during redshirt campaign as a true freshman, earning recognition as the Defensive Scout Team Player-of-the-Year by coaching staff ... Signed with Ruffin McNeill's program in February.
High School: A three-year letterwinner at Red Springs who helped turn around the Red Devils' program and guide it to a 10-3 record and 4-1 mark in the Three Rivers Conference as a senior ... Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 1AA state championship after posting a 3-8 record as a junior and 1-10 ledger during sophomore season ... Helped Red Springs capture a pair of playoff victories as a senior, the school's first postseason wins since 2005 ... Played primarily as a defensive end first two years before moving to linebacker as a senior ... A First-Team All-Three Rivers Conference, The Robesonian All-Robeson County Team, NCPreps.com 1A All-State Team and Fayetteville Observer All-Cape Fear Region Second-Team honoree following final campaign ... Tallied 132 tackles, including 17 stops for lost yardage and 13 sacks, during the 2011 season ... Also contributed six forced fumbles ... Prior to senior year, placed on the NCPreps.com Preseason 1A All-State Team ... Booked 78 tackles and a team-high six sacks as a junior, when the team went 3-2 in the league ... Earned All-Three Rivers Conference accolades after junior campaign ... During first year with Red Springs, earned defense's most valuable player award ... Spent freshman year at Scotland High School in the junior varsity program ... Played for head coach George Coltharp as a senior, Eric Puryear as a junior and John Harper as a sophomore ... Also was a member of the Red Devils' basketball program.
Personal: Full name is Drayvon T. Fairley ... Born June 18, 1994 at Washington, D.C ... Has not declared a major ... Enjoys playing the guitar, art and music.