|48 Maurice Falls|
Senior Is One Of Four American Athletic Conference Representatives
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
AP Photos: East Carolina at North Carolina
Expected to successfully transition into both a full-time starting and leadership role on the defensive unit as a senior ... Used another strong spring performance to earn the decisive early nod as the Pirates' top "will" (outside) linebacker heading into the season ... An agile and quick prototype stand-up front seven defender whose development has flourished even more in ECU's 3-4 scheme ... In all, has 35 career games (three starts) and 11 multiple-tackle outings under his belt ... Could also experience action on special teams, but defined defensive role will determine participation ... Opened spring scrimmage action with a pair of stops on March 31 ... Was not credited with any tackles during the second outing, but rebounded with four hits, two for lost yardage (including a sack), during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Continued noteworthy progress in strength and conditioning program, establishing a position record in the power clean with a lift of 353 pounds ... Other results of note came in the bench press (405 pounds), back squat (645), vertical jump (33.5"), broad jump (9'2"), pro shuttle (4.19) and the 40-yard dash (4.47) during spring testing period ... Enrolled early in January of 2010, thus experienced five spring practice periods during collegiate career.
2013: Appeared in 12 games in a reserve linebacking role and as a member of special teams unit ... Recorded 15 tackles (six solo) ... Recovered second career fumble against Southern Miss during third-quarter action ... Intercepted first career pass against Florida Atlantic in the second quarter and returned it 18 yards to the Owl 12-yard line to set up Tay Cooper's TD run ... Recorded multiple stop totals three times, with a career-best five against the Golden Eagles ... Also delivered a pair of tackles each in contests vs. FAU and FIU, while netting single drops against Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Middle Tennessee, NC State and Ohio (had tackles in nine of 12 outings) ... Nine of 15 hits were on rushing plays, while two came on special teams (one punt return, one kickoff return) ... A integral member of a unit that held six of 12 opponents to 100 or less rushing yards and six opponents to 17 or fewer points.
2012: Played in all 13 games and made a pair of starts (Appalachian State and South Carolina) at outside linebacker across from Johnson ... Booked tackles in nine of 13 contests ... Recorded a career-best four tackles (two solo) in the opener vs. ASU ... Logged multiple stops in six contests ... Led team and stood third in C-USA with three forced fumbles (UNC, MEM/2) ... Tied for second on the squad with three QBHs (ASU, UTEP, TUL) ... Recovered fumble against Memphis, but did not have return yardage ... Credited with a pass breakup against the Tar Heels ... Also registered a sack at UNC (1.0/-2 yards) before adding two more at Tulane (1.5/-9 yards) ... Dropped UNC's Bryn Renner for a two-yard loss in the second quarter on a 3-and-11 play and forced a fumble ... Teamed with Johnson on a nine-yard sack of Tulane's Ryan Griffin in the second quarter ... Dropped Griffin again in the fourth quarter for a five-yard loss on a 3-and-5 play ... Eight of 20 stops were on rush plays ... Posted one solo tackle as a member of the special teams unit (kickoff return) ... Member of a defensive unit that has held four opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (USM/91, UAB/82, HOU/28, TUL 9). 2011: Appeared in 10 games and started the season finale at Marshall during initial campaign on the Pirates' active roster ... Did not play at Houston (concussion) or Navy (coaches' decision) ... Tallied eight tackles (two solo), two sacks and a pair of tackles for lost yardage during the season ... Credited with three hits on rushing plays and one on a kickoff return ... In start at Marshall, booked a personal-high three tackles and first two solo hits of career ... Recorded both sacks in the second quarter versus the Thundering Herd, dropping Rakeem Cato for four and 10-yard losses ... Became the first Pirate with two or more solo sacks in a contest since Josh Smith had a pair against UAB on Nov. 21, 2009 ... Initial solo stop of career was four-yard sack of Cato ... Tackled UCF's Ronnie Weaver after a six-yard rush in the fourth quarter ... Knocked down Tulane's Robert Kelley following a two-yard rush as a reserve linebacker in the fourth quarter ... Against UAB, hit Nick Adams after an 11-yard kickoff return during the third frame ... Booked first two tackles of collegiate career against Virginia Tech, stopping Dyrell Roberts on the opening kickoff of the second half for initial hit ... Halted the Hokies' Jayron Hosley following a fourth-quarter punt return of one yard ... Debuted against South Carolina as a reserve linebacker.
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 (a 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 Falls, but goes by Maurice ... Born January 1, 1992 at Gastonia, N.C. ... Son of Norman and Tiffany Falls ... Earned a bachelor's degree in sport studies during ECU's Spring Commencement Exercises in May, 2014 and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree in business information technology ... 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.