More than 50 current and former student-athletes eligible to participate in commencement exercises
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Start Of Spring Practice
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 21 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Twenty Players Recognized After ECU Earns Bowl Bid, Posts Second-Highest Win Total Since 1992
Justin Hardy Headlines List of First and Second-Team Selections
A physically strong, sizeable and versatile lineman who, along with Will Simmons, should serve as the anchor and leader of East Carolina's offensive line ... Made an immediate impact during first active season on the Pirates' roster at both the guard and tackle slots despite missing five mid-season contests because of a left knee injury ... Expected to open junior campaign as the starter at the left tackle position and develop into a conference honors candidate ... Stellar work ethic in strength program produced an ECU all-time position-best 670-pound lift in the back squat ... Also owns one of the team's top five jerk wattage totals with an effort of 1,379 ... Enrolled at ECU in the fall of 2010 but did not play because of transfer regulations after starting his career at nearby non-scholarship FCS member Campbell.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: As a redshirt, integrated himself to the Pirates' offensive packages and served as a valuable member of the scout team.
2009: Played in nine of 11 games as a freshman at Campbell ... Opened a total of six contests for the Camels - the first and final five of the season.
High School: A three-year letterwinner at Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) High School ... A fi rst-team all-area performer as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Selected to the all-state squad (fourth team) as a senior after helping guide team to a seven-win campaign ... Also lettered in basketball during junior year ... Owns school squat record with a lift of 550 pounds.
Personal: Full name is Adhem Montasser Elsawi ... Born June 12, 1991 at Glen Falls, N.Y. ... Son of Montasser and Valerie Elsawi ... Has six younger siblings - Khalid, Anisa, Aliya and Amira (twins), Mahdi and Gabreel ... A biology major with aspirations to attend medical school after graduation ... Earned Dean's List (3.5 grade point average or higher) honors for classroom work during the spring and fall semesters of 2011 before a recent selection to the Honor Roll (3.0 GPA) in the spring ('12).