Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Appalachian State Game
Preseason Camp Notebook No. 15
Pirates Conclude Spring Work With Purple-Gold Game
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Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Southern Miss Game
Will open sophomore season contributing quality depth by competing for playing time as a top reserve at one of the inside linebacking positions ... Should also contend for a top-tier special teams role after experiencing limited action in that capacity as a redshirt freshman ... A former walk-on who continually impresses coaching staff with work habits, determination and continued acclimation to college game ... Registered one tackle in the opening spring scrimmage on March 31 and closed drills with a three-stop performance in the Purple-Gold Game (April 14) ... Earned "iron" status in ECU's strength and conditioning testing period during the springs ... Owns a jerk lift of 1,305 watts and a power clean and bench press of 308 and 360 pounds, respectively.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Joined the East Carolina program as a walk-on during the fall ... Served as a member of the scout teams while redshirting as a true freshman.
High School: Part of a Viking program that won the Mideastern Conference championship every year of his career and claimed the 2007 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4A state championship with a 28-0 victory over Mt. Tabor to finish the year 15-0 ... Helped the Vikings to a 10-2 record as a junior with team bowing out of the 4AA state tournament with a 6-3 setback to Apex ... Team went 8-5 overall during final campaign ... Anchor of a defensive unit that shut out Cary 7-0 in the first round of the playoffs as a senior ... Named to the Wilmington StarNews All-Area Honorable Mention squad as a linebacker following senior year ... Blocked an extra point in the Vikings' 15-9 win over Whiteville during senior year ... Leader of a defense that limited Whiteville to 59 yards of total offense, including just two in the second half ... Earned Hoggard football's Ironman distinction for hard work over the summer.
Personal: A finance major who earned selection to ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) for both the fall and spring semesters during the 2011-2012 academic year.