|99 Fred Presley|
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An unselfish, versatile and physically-strong defensive lineman who has developed into a valuable two-deep contributor in just three short seasons ... Originally earned a roster position as a walk-on and has battled his way up to a projected possible starting position at one of the end slots ... Coaches expect competition with Terrell Stanley to wage throughout preseason camp and into the season ... Hard work resulted in the awarding of a full scholarship by head coach Ruffin McNeill prior to the season opener in 2014 ... Has played in 24 games, making five starts and booked 54 tackles (22 solo) with 9.0 TFLs and 7.0 sacks ... Recorded multiple stops 15 times with a career-best five on three occasions ... Tallied at least one tackle in 22 of 24 contests ... Registered a tackle during the first spring scrimmage on March 28, but was not credited with any statistics during the second matchup (April 11) and Purple-Gold Game ... Has also continued to exhibit plenty of progress in the weight room, earning an "excellent" rating in coach Jeff Connors' power quotient ... Has recorded lifts of 330 pounds (bench press), 540 (back squat) and 308 (power clean) ... Possesses one of the quickest 40 times among all defensive linemen with a 4.80 clip and owns jumps of 29" and 8'9" in the vertical and broad, respectively.
2014: Started five of 13 games on the defensive line ... Opened the first four games at nose tackle -- N.C. Central, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and North Carolina ... Other start came at end against Florida in the Birmingham Bowl ... Tied for 10th in American Athletic Conference in sacks (6.0/0.46 ppg) ... Recorded multiple stops in 10 of 13 games, including a season-high five against UCF in the regular season finale at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Credited with three QBHs (North Carolina, Connecticut, UCF) ... Registered at least a half sack in seven games (0.5/N.C. Central, 1.0/Virginia Tech, 1.0/USF, 0.5/Connecticut, 1.0/Tulane, 1.0/UCF, 1.0/Florida) ... Booked TFLs on eight occasions with a season-best 2.0 against Tulane (-9 yards) ... Added solo TFLs against Hokies (-5 yards), Bulls (-5), Knights (-8) and Gators (-3) ... Also made only fumble recovery of season against Florida at Legion Field ... A notable contributor to a unit that held seven opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (N.C. Central/70, Virginia Tech/91, SMU/51, USF/93, Connecticut/84, Temple/65, Tulane/24) and ranked 11th nationally in rush defense (111.8 ypg) ... Part of a Pirate defense that allowed just 32 fourth quarter points in American Athletic Conference action (outscoring opponents 109-32) ... Earned ECU's Most Improved Player-of-the-Year honors at the program's annual postseason awards banquet.
2013: Played in 11 games and booked 19 tackles (seven solo) in a reserve role at defensive end ... Made collegiate debut against Florida Atlantic, posting one tackle (solo) ... Recorded multiple stops on five occasions with a season-high five against Tulsa ... Tallied at least one tackle in nine contests ... Had first career sack against UAB (-2 yards) ... Credited with lone pass breakup at NC State ... Member of a defensive unit that held North Carolina (67), Middle Tennessee (89), Tulane (85) and FIU (73) to less than 100 yards rushing ... Recorded 12 of 19 stops in the last five contests ... Fifteen hits came on rushing plays.
2012: Joined ECU program in the fall as a walk-on ... Made an impact as a defensive scout team performer while redshirting.
High School: Served as a senior team captain at Greene Central High School ... Graduated in 2012.
Personal: Full name is Fredrick D. Presley ... Born April 10, 1994 at Wilson, N.C. ... Son of Fred and Jeannette Presley ... Major is university studies.