Pirates Conclude Spring Work With Purple-Gold Game
Defensive Front, Physical Play Highlights Second Spring Scrimmage
Defensive Pressure, High-Percentage Passing Effort Highlight Pirates' First Scrimmage
Third-Year Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 15 Returning Starters, 48 Lettermen
Officially joined East Carolina's program as an invited walk-on (non-National Letter of Intent) prospect in the fall of 2009 and will continue quest for a full-time kicking or punting role ... Wrapped up spring drills as national honors candidate Michael Barbour's top backup at the placekicking position, impressing coaching staff with promising leg strength and accuracy ... Converted three extra points during the first two scrimmages on April 2 and April 9 ... Did not have a kicking opportunity during the Purple-Gold Game (April 16).
2010: Did not experience game action, but served as a backup punter and placekicker on the special teams depth chart.
2009: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Announced intent to join Pirates on National Signing Day in February.
High School: A three-year letterman for coach Kevin Gillespie's Pirates at Page High School ... Was program's top placekicker and punter as a sophomore, junior and senior and earned all-conference distinction each campaign ... Also named to the all-area and all-state squads in 2007 and 2008 ... Invited to play in the prestigious Shine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game ... Was 74-of-79 on extra-point attempts during junior and senior seasons ... Connected on 18 career field goals (three in 2006, seven in 2007 and eight in 2008), with a long of 40 on two occasions ... Averaged 40.0 yards per punt as a junior and 43.0 yards per boot as a senior, with a long of 63 and 69, respectively ... Lists defeating rival Grimsley High School 24-23 during junior campaign as most memorable playing moment to date ... Also earned varsity letter in soccer ... Owned a 4.2 grade point average and was a member of the school's Honor Roll and National Honor Society ... President of PHS's student body who was also a recipient of the Freshman Latin Award.
Personal: Full name is Matthew James Millisor ... Born October 26, 1990 at Greensboro, N.C. ... Son of Chuck and Karen Millisor ... A political science major ... Hobbies of choice are watching sports and lifting weights ... Cites game-day atmosphere at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as one of the best things about the Pirate football program ... Mulled over collegiate soccer scholarship offers before deciding to join ECU football family ... Picks Steve Smith as favorite NFL player and Tiger Woods as top professional athlete ... Sports announcer of choice is college basketball analyst Dick Vitale ... Credits father and prep coach as most influential in development of career.