|52 Kirk Donaldson|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
Will open second active season on the East Carolina roster competing for a place on the defensive two-deep after recovering from a right knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2014 campaign ... Made move from outside linebacker to defensive end during the spring to both facilitate playing time and address personnel shortages on the line ... Listed as a reserve back end behind Terrell Stanley and Fred Presley to open preseason camp ... Also hopes to earn initial on-the-field action as a member of various special teams squads ... Was not credited with a tackle during the first spring scrimmage (March 28), but logged a pair of stops and a sack (-5 yards) during the second tilt on April 11 ... Followed with another quarterback drop (-3 yards) and three additional hits during the Purple-Gold Game a week later ... Continues to display impressive growth in ECU's strength and conditioning program, adding 17 pounds to frame during off-season work ... Spring testing numbers of note include a 390-pound bench press (35-pound improvement from previous year), 480-pound back squat, 285-pound power clean and a 265-pound push jerk ... Turned in one of the unit's top shot put throws at 65'9".
2014: Did not experience game-day action as a redshirt freshman because of a nagging right knee injury.
2013: Redshirted during true freshman season ... Made valuable contributions to the scout squad, preparing ECU's offensive unit on a weekly basis ... Signed with Ruffin McNeill's program in February.
High School: Tallied 60 tackles (33 solo), 8.0 sacks and one fumble recovery during senior campaign as both a defensive end and outside linebacker for coach Keith Wilkes at Vance ... A key contributor for a Cougar program that produced a 9-4 overall record, a 5-2 mark in 4A I-Meck play and a second-round North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoff appearance (after defeating Myers Park 40-17 in the opener) ... Attended Davidson Day School as a junior, collecting 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks in a three-game, injury-shortened season (before bouncing to back to earn a basketball letter during the winter) ... Opened prep career at Vance and lettered as a sophomore on a squad that went 11-4 and reached the semifinals of the state 4-AA playoffs ... Reportedly bench-pressed 375 pounds, squatted 500 and ran a 4.8 40-yard dash during prep testing.
Personal: Full name is Kirk Antonio Donaldson ... An economics major who earned ECU Honor Roll status for work in general studies track during the fall of 2013.