Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Pirates Return To Work After First Scrimmage
A talented, athletic and physical defender who again should contend for significant playing time in the secondary in addition to possibly maintaining status as a key contributor on special teams ... Officially completed spring drills as a top reserve at strong safety, but coaches expect a battle with returning starter Chip Thompson throughout the course of the season ... Enjoyed another active spring practice period, tallying three tackles and a pass breakup in the first scrimmage (April 6) ... After collecting another trio of stops in the second matchup a week later, completed work with a two-hit effort in the Purple-Gold Game (April 20) ... Produced notable results during spring strength and conditioning testing in the vertical leap (36.0"), broad jump (119") and back squat (475 pounds) ... Has played in 23 career games in a reserve role in the ECU secondary and on special teams ... Eleven of 31 lifetime stops have come on various special teams squads.
2012: Experienced action in all 13 games in both the secondary and as a member of special teams unit as a sophomore ... Was one of eight defenders with an interception, picking off an Appalachian State pass in the season opener (no return) ... Tallied 25 tackles (13 solo) ... Six of the 25 stops came on kickoff coverage, ranking third on unit ... Logged a career-best three tackles on five occasions (ASU, UAB, Houston, Tulane and Marshall) ... Recorded multiple tackles in nine of 13 contests ... Had 11 hits on pass plays alone ... Credited with a pair of pass breakups against Cougars ... Posted stops in 11 of 12 games.
2011: Spent initial season on the active roster playing a valuable role on the Pirates' special teams units ... Experienced action in the first 10 games of the campaign before missing the last two due to a concussion ... Served as a reserve in the secondary at Houston, but appeared solely on special teams in nine other tilts ... Tallied five assists on kickoff returns, the fifth most on the squad ... Ranked fifth among all Pirate players with five special teams' tackles ... Final stop of the season was a hit on Tulane's Robert Kelley following a 32-yard runback in the third quarter ... At Memphis, halted Bakari Hollier after a 14-yard return in the third frame ...Knocked down the Cougars' Daniel Spencer following a 12-yard reception for season's only non-special teams' tackle ... Teamed up with Leonard Paulk for a hit on North Carolina's T.J. Thorpe after a 29-yard runback in the third quarter ... On East Carolina's opening kickoff of the second half against Virginia Tech, stopped Dyrell Roberts after a 22-yard return ... Made ECU debut against South Carolina and combined with Paulk to knock down Bruce Ellington after a 20-yard kickoff return in the opening frame.
2010: Redshirted during initial season at East Carolina and spent time on the scout team ... Officially signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: As a senior, led Eastern Alamance to a 14-2 record and a runner-up finish in the 3A state playoffs ... The 14 wins set the school record for victories in a season ... Helped Eagles claim their first regional title in program history ... As a quarterback, threw for 2,210 yards while leading the team in rushing with 1,407 yards en route to all-region offensive player-of-the-year honors ... Accounted for 43 combined touchdowns as a senior ... Engineered an offense that scored a school-record 613 points (38.3 ppg) ... Graduated with a senior class that was the winningest in Eastern Alamance football history ... Rated by ESPN.com among the top 110 (107) athletes nationally (three-star recruit) ... Named to the NCPreps.com 3A All-State First Team ... Also was a Mid-State 3A all-conference first-team honoree as a senior ... After final campaign, earned Eastern Alamance's Torry Holt Offensive Player-of-the-Year Award ... Participated as a wide receiver in the 2009 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... Turned in a 4.4 clip in the 40-yard dash ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Recipient of EAHS's Minority Achievement Award.
Personal: Full name is Ladonta Lamar Ivey ... Born March 20, 1992 at Burlington, N.C. ... Major is business management ... Has aspirations of owning his own clothing line and spends free time working on designs and development ... On a related note, has unique hobby of collecting sneakers.