|8 Bobby Fulp|
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Continues to be an emerging performer in the defensive secondary who has climbed the two-deep since earning a roster position as a true freshman in the fall of 2013 … Expected to bounce back from a shoulder injury and content for the starting strong safety position during preseason camp in 2016 … Competed for a top designation at the boundary cornerback slot to open sophomore campaign, but versatility enabled move to safety … Will also be counted on to possibly handle roles on various special teams, similar to first pair of seasons in program (which resulted in additional game-day reps) … An agile and knowledgeable playmaker who possesses a stellar work ethic … Was promoted to scholarship status during fall camp prior to the 2015 season opener … Has played in 24 career contests, all off the bench (secondary reserve) or as a member of special teams … Tallied 21 stops (14 solo) and picked off one pass …Nine tackles have come during special teams action … Held out of spring workouts because of a shoulder injury, yet sports medicine staff is confident for full clearance heading into the season … Did not participate in strength and conditioning testing during the off-season because of the aforementioned injury, yet still owns one of the position’s top pro shuttle and three-cone drill times with 4.01 and 6.89 clips, respectively, in addition to one of the top vertical leaps in the program (39.5”) … Earlier power numbers include a bench press of 295 pounds, a back squat of 400 and a power clean of 274.
2015: Played in all 12 contests as a full-time reserve at strong safety and as a top-tier member of the special teams unit … Collected 18 tackles (13 solo) … Logged stops in nine contests and was credited with multiple hits on four occasions … Picked up 15 tackles in first six outings (2.5 tpg) before nagging shoulder injury limited effectiveness in final six games (three/0.5 tpg) … Turned in a career-best four stops twice (Navy, BYU) … Booked three hits vs. Virginia Tech, two vs. Florida and single tackles against Towson, SMU, Tulsa, Temple and UCF … Credited with seven special teams stops (five on kickoff returns, two on punt returns) … Of the 11 tackles on defense, eight came on rushing plays … Picked off first career pass at Florida and returned it two yards (which helped set up an ECU touchdown in the third quarter) … Did not record statistics in outings vs. Connecticut, USF and Cincinnati … A two-time game captain (Florida, BYU).
2014: Appeared in 12 games as a member of the special teams unit and as a reserve in the Pirate secondary ... Overall, credited with three tackles (one solo) … Two stops were made on special teams (one each on a kickoff and punt return) … Experienced action in the ECU secondary at Tulsa following an injury to starter Lamar Ivey … Recorded only defensive stop (solo) against the Golden Hurricane at Chapman Stadium … Formally elevated to two-deep status prior to regular season finale against UCF and maintained standing for the Birmingham Bowl clash against Florida … Did not play at South Carolina.
2013: Earned roster position as a walk-on … Was redshirted during initial campaign in ECU program but was considered a valuable member of the developmental (scout) team.
High School: Earned three varsity football letters at Clover Hill School … Played on both sides of the ball during prep career (quarterback/wide receiver on offense, secondary on defense) … Also lettered as a track standout.
Personal: Full name is Edward Norris Fulp II, but prefers to be called Bobby … Major is industrial distribution and logistics.