Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Appalachian State Game
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A physically-imposing and versatile lineman who has a solid grasp on the unit's depth chart in just his second active season ... Opened spring drills working on the right side of line before closing the period listed as Jordan Davis' top backup at left guard ... Can also play the tackle position as evidenced by a start at that location during redshirt freshman campaign and, additionally, has taken a considerable amount of reps at center ... Has benefitted from strength program, adding nearly 40 pounds from 285-pound signing day weight in 2010 ... Lifts of note during spring strength testing include a 560-pound back squat and a jerk that generated 1,274 watts.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Spent initial season on the scout team while redshirting ... Officially signed with East Carolina in February.
High School: A two-year varsity letterwinner at Maclay School in Tallahassee before transferring to North Florida Christian for the 2009 season ... Coach at NFC was Tim Cokely ... An All-Big Bend First Team selection by The Tallahassee Democrat as a senior ... Named to the 2009 SunStateFootball.com's Preseason All-Area Team ... Rated by ESPN.com as the 41st-best offensive tackle in the country ... Team captain as a sophomore and junior at Maclay ... Earned honorable mention all-district and all-region honors as a sophomore before earning first team all-conference recognition after junior year at Maclay ... Competed on the track team at MHS, placing 15th in the shot put at the Tallahassee City Championships as a sophomore ... Also played basketball at Maclay and North Florida Christian, helping the former to a pair of district championships.
Personal: Full name is Stephen Andrew Gentry ... Prefers to go by nickname of Drew ... Born July 6, 1991 at Evansville, Ind. ... A history major ... Son of Michael Gentry ... Lost his mother at the age of 14, which he understandably lists as the biggest obstacle he's had to overcome ... Says Jeff Saturday is his favorite NFL player.