|78 Messiah Rice|
Quickly climbed the offensive depth chart to open first active campaign on ECU roster as a top reserve at the left tackle position behind national honors candidate Ike Harris ... Development and growth appeared to intensify after the arrival of first-year line coach Brad Davis ... Coaches like physicality and willingness to accept fundamental and assignment development ... Potential is limitless in strength and conditioning program as well ... Has added 34 pounds of body growth during the off-season ... Lifts include a bench press of 380 pounds, a back squat of 420, a power clean of 242 and a shot put toss of 55' ... Agility and footwork is being addressed, but does possess a three-cone drill clip of 7.75.
2014: Redshirted as a true freshman during first season in the Pirate program ... Contributed efforts on the offensive scout squad, preparing defensive front on a game-by-game basis.
High School: Earned an invitation to represent South Carolina in the prestigious Shrine Bowl at the conclusion of his senior year ... A First-Team All-Area (offense) selection by the Orangeburg Times & Democrat ... Helped guide Bruins to a 9-2 record, which included a perfect 5-0 road mark, as a senior ... Wilkinson advanced to the state playoffs but fell in the opening round to North Myrtle Beach High School (52-35) ... A three-year letterwinner who also was a key part of a 7-5 squad in 2012 (5-3 region) ... A strong student with a high school grade point average of 3.5 ... Made his commitment to the Pirate program on Aug. 28, just three days prior to ECU's season opener against Old Dominion.
Personal: Full name is Messiah T. Rice ... Has not decided on a major.