|52 Kyle Erickson|
A return to good health and arrival of new coaching staff should pave the way for a productive sophomore season, primarily as a top contributor on the offensive line and as a potential special teams blocker (kicking squads) … Earlier development was delayed by a seven month hiatus because of a heel injury during rookie campaign … Has had three different line coaches during three years in program, but appears to have responded most favorably to new mentor Geep Wade … Officially listed on the preseason depth chart as the backup to all-conference performer J.T. Boyd at right guard, but versatility could allow for snaps at center position as well … Effort and subsequent progress in strength and conditioning program during the spring was rivaled by few … Earned “Iron Pirate” designation for accomplishments during testing phase … Produced lifts of 380 pounds (bench press), 605 (back squat), 284 (power clean), 286 (push jerk) … The 605-pound squat total alone marked an improvement of 220 pounds from the previous spring … Also completed 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press … Additionally, turned in a 7.91 three-cone drill and a 54” shot put toss … Flex rating of 15 ranks among top percent of position mates.
2015: Played in 11 of 12 games as a reserve on offensive line and on special teams during redshirt freshman campaign … Did not experience action vs. Temple … Held out of spring drills because of heel injury, but resumed full workout schedule once cleared by sports medicine staff on April 20.
2014: Redshirted during true freshman season … Made valuable contributions to the scout squad until suffering a right heel injury on Sept. 24 (which kept him out of action for the remainder of the year) … Signed with ECU in February.
High School: A three-time all-conference and a two-time all-region selection at Jack Britt High School … Also earned all-state honors as a senior team captain for coach Brian Rimpf, who was a three-year All-Conference USA lineman at East Carolina and former NFL (Baltimore Ravens) performer … Helped Buccaneers capture regional (2012) and conference (2013) titles … Was chosen to represent North Carolina in the prestigious Shrine Bowl after his senior campaign … Lettered a total of four seasons as a tackle, experiencing action with the varsity squad as a freshman … Pair of all-region accolades came from the Fayetteville Observer … An integral member of a Britt offensive unit that generated a Cumberland County-best 5,422 yards of total offense … Picked up additional letters in track and basketball … A member of the Jack Britt High School’s A-B Honor Roll as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
Personal: Full name is Kyle Morgan Erickson … Born May 26, 1996 at Watertown, N.Y. … Son of Kevin and Brenda Erickson … A criminal justice major who has earned ECU Honor Roll status for work in the classroom … Chose East Carolina because of the players in the program, the emphasis on academics and the game-day atmosphere of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium … Older sister Heather is a two-time Paralympic Silver Medalist (sitting volleyball) … Lists hunting and fishing as top hobbies.