|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.