Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Pirates Open Second Week Of Drills In Shells
East Carolina Wraps Up First Week Of Spring Work
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Start Of Spring Practice
Kickoff Set for 4:30 p.m.
AP Photos: East Carolina at North Carolina
Used late-season surge and continued spring development to earn possible starter's designation at one of the outside linebacking slots, opposite Derrell Johnson ... An agile and quick prototype stand-up front seven defender who coaches feel should flourish in the Pirates' 3-4 scheme ... Could also experience action on special teams, but defined defensive role will determine participation ... Was not credited with any stops during the first two spring scrimmages, but closed action with a tackle and pass breakup during the Purple-Gold Game (April 14) ... Trimmed 40 time to under 4.6 seconds during off-season testing, while also producing notable lifts of 565 pounds (back squat) and 1,164 watts (jerk) to earn "iron" status in ECU's strength and conditioning program ... Enrolled early in January of 2010, thus has already experienced three spring practice periods despite sophomore class standing.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Redshirted during initial season at East Carolina ... Productive and unselfish effort on program's scout team was recognized by coaches with selection as the recipient of the Rick Bankston Award (an honor symbolic of the scout team MVP) ... Originally signed a grant-in-aid with ECU instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy) and enrolled in January 2010, going through spring drills with the Pirates.
High School: A two-year starter and three-year letterwinner for head coach John Devine's varsity squad ... Helped South Point to three consecutive conference championships, starting as a sophomore ... Booked 118 total tackles as a senior, leading Red Raiders to the North Carolina 3AA Championship - the program's first since 2003 ... Anchored a defense that helped South Point to a 14-2 record, which included a season-ending seven-game winning streak ... Helped a Red Raider unit hold opponents to just 15.6 points per contest ... As a junior, earned All-Big South 3A Conference honors after making 68 tackles, including 13 sacks, in his first year as a defensive end after playing safety and cornerback ... Repeated All-Big South honors as a senior ... A two-time All-Gaston Gazette selection ... Reportedly, turned in a 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds ... Also won a Big South track title in the triple jump.
Personal: Full name is Rodney Maurice Boyce Falls, but goes by Maurice ... Born January 1, 1992 at Gastonia, N.C. ... Son of Norman and Tiffany Falls ... A sports studies major ... Lists his most memorable football moment as recovering the onside kick that helped South Point clinch the state championship ... Lists LaRon Landry has his favorite NFL player and Kobe Bryant as his favorite professional athlete.