|57 Joe Allely|
Senior Receiver Scores Twice And Throws For Another
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
Projected as the Pirates' starting "will" linebacker heading into sophomore campaign ... Work ethic and assignment-sound approach has fueled 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 ... Also handled top-tier special teams role as a redshirt freshman to earn additional reps ... Efforts and dedication were rewarded by head coach Ruffin McNeill who "promoted" him to full-scholarship status during the summer of 2015 ... Opened spring scrimmage schedule with a game-high five stops, including one for a five-yard loss, on March 28 ... Added another TFL (-1 yard) during the second outing a week later before closing action with a sack (-6 yards) during the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 ... Already 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) ... Also possesses one of the top three-cone drill times among unit with a clip of 7.0.
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.