Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Saturday Marks First Road Test For Football
Enrolled at East Carolina in May, 2012 and officially joined the program as an invited walk-on at the beginning of the first summer semester ... Will vie for a depth chart position as a redshirt freshman, competing against Cody Keith and Kurt Benkert for a backup role behind starter Shane Carden ... Was one-of-five for eight yards in the first spring scrimmage on April 6 ... Completed four-of-six throws for 40 yards during the second matchup before only having one attempt during the Purple-Gold Game ... A back squat of 510 pounds highlights strength and conditioning testing numbers.
2012: Spent initial season in ECU program on the scout squad as a redshirt, preparing the Pirates' top defense on a week-by-week basis.
High School: A three-year starter for the Patriots who was an All-Region VIII-4A honoree the last two seasons and capped career receiving Class AAAA-I All-State honors from the High School Sports Report ... Guided Fort Dorchester to an 8-5 overall record and 2-2 mark in Region VIII-4A play as a senior ... Piloted the Patriots to the South Carolina High School League Lower State Class AAAA-I state playoffs, but FDHS fell 28-27 to Summerville in the opening round ... Named the team's MVP at the end of final campaign after completing 213 passes for 2,712 yards and 29 touchdowns ... Added 95 rushing yards and three ground scores ... In addition to all-region selection, earned a place on the Berkeley Independent All-County Second Team as a senior ... Accounted for four touchdowns (three pass/one run) in a season-opening 35-24 victory over Woodland ... A week later, was named the Palmetto Football Talk 3A/4A Lower State Player-of-the-Week after leading Fort Dorchester to a 42-27 win over Irmo by throwing for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns passes (50, 66, 12, 24 and 25-yards) ... In the season's third game against Beaufort, tossed five more TD passes and accumulated 433 yards in the air on a 31-of-42 effort to direct the Patriots to a 49-45 win ... Tabbed The Charleston Post and Courier Offensive Player-of-the-Week following the Irmo and Beaufort contests ... Completed 16-of-29 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns while adding a ground score in a 45-19 triumph against James Island on Oct. 21 ... Led FDHS to an 8-4 record and 2-2 region ledger as a sophomore ... During that campaign, threw for 1,358 yards and six touchdowns ... In first career varsity game, replaced the injured starter and threw for two touchdowns to lead FDHS to a 25-18 season-opening victory over Greenville ... Rated as the 35th-best prospect in the state by ESPN.com ... Played for head coach Steve Laprad ... An A/ B Honor Roll student who graduated from Fort Dorchester in December, 2011.
Personal: Full name is Ethan Andrew Long ... Born February 17, 1994 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... Has declared biology as intended major.