|57 Joe Allely|
Senior Receiver Scores Twice And Throws For Another
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
Expected to contend for a starting role for the second-straight campaign, likely at the “rush” outside linebacking position in the Pirates’ tweaked 3-4 scheme … Work ethic and assignment-sound approach continues to fuel rapid development after earning initial roster slot as a walk-on in the fall of 2013 … Made most of early opportunity by impressing coaching staff as an award-winning scout team performer before contributing significantly to the defensive unit as a top reserve in 2014 and ultimately winning starting job during sophomore season in 2015 … Also handled top-tier special teams role as a redshirt freshman to earn additional reps … Efforts and dedication were rewarded by “promotion” to full-scholarship status during the summer of 2015 … In all, has appeared in 24 career games (nine starts) and recorded 59 tackles (22 solo) … Has booked at least one stop in 19 contests and tallied multiple tackles on 14 occasions (six in 2014, 8 in 2015) … Opened spring scrimmage schedule with three hits on April 9 … Added another stop during the Purple-Gold Game on April 16 … Stellar work in strength and conditioning program earned “Iron Pirate” rating at the conclusion of spring testing … Owns some of the top strength numbers among all linebackers, recording lifts of 365 pounds (bench), 510 (squat), 300 (push jerk) and 275 (power clean) … Turned in a 4.34 pro shuttle clip and possesses one of the top three-cone drill times among unit at 7.0.
2015: Was among Pirates’ top 10 tacklers with 38 (14 solo) … Played in 11 games with nine starts … Did not experience action at BYU (concussion) and came off the bench in back-to-back contests against Tulsa and Temple in mid-October … Made first collegiate start in opener vs. Towson and booked five stops … Also tallied 2.0 TFLs, 1.5 sacks (Connecticut, UCF), a forced fumble (UCF), QB hurry (USF) and batted pass (Navy) … Produced five or more tackles in first four outings, which included a career-best eight during ECU’s 35-28 win vs. Virginia Tech at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium … Followed Towson performance with another five hits at Florida before logging seven at Navy in American Conference opener … Once fully recovered from concussion injury, closed campaign with 12 tackles in final four contests (four each vs. Connecticut and USF, two each vs. UCF and Cincinnati) … Contributed first career sack vs. Huskies and first career forced fumble at UCF … Added second QB drop against Knights which produced initial ball strip … Splits include a 32-tackle total on rushing plays (six on passing plays) … Chosen as one of four game captains against Midshipmen in Annapolis and responded by establishing personal-best with five solo hits … Did not record statistics in contests vs. SMU and Temple.
2014: Appeared in all 13 games as a member of special teams unit and a reserve linebacker ... Booked 21 total stops (eight solo) ... Stood seventh among all special teams tacklers with four (3/KO, 1/PR) ... Registered multiple stops six times with a career-best four against North Carolina and Tulane ... Tallied at least one tackle in 10 of 13 contests ... Made collegiate debut against N.C. Central, booking a solo tackle and recovering a fumble on Johnathon White’s hit in the second quarter at the Eagles’ two-yard line (which set up Justin Hardy’s one-yard TD grab) ... Named one of five game captains at South Carolina where he posted a pair of stops ... Three of four tackles against the Tar Heels at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium came in the second quarter (in the same series) ... Recorded first career TFL by dropping UNC’s Jack Tabb for a three-yard loss ... All four hits against Green Wave came as assisted stops … Credited with three tackles and one of ECU’s five quarterback hurries at Cincinnati ... Experienced significant action in a reserve linebacking role in the Pirates’ final five games (Cincinnati, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF, Florida) ... Logged solo hit and an assist against the Gators at Legion Field during the Birmingham Bowl … Returned first career kickoff (14 yards) just before halftime at USF on a squib kick ... Did not record any stats against SMU, Tulsa or UCF.
2013: Redshirted during true rookie campaign … Selected as the program’s defensive scout team player-of-the-year (Rick Bankston Memorial Award) during ECU’s annual awards banquet.
High School: Earned three letters for coach Jason Rowley at Oakton … Also served as a team captain … Ranked fifth among all state of Virginia pass rushers in sacks as a senior … Helped lead OHS to a regional title in 2012.
Personal: Full name is Joseph Bayard Allely ... Born May 21, 1995 at Washington, D.C. … Major is psychology … Earned ECU Honor Roll status for work in the classroom during the 2014 fall semester … Lists art, yoga and the outdoors as hobbies … Prefers to go by nickname of Sawyer.