|19 Nate Mays|
A prototype walk-on success story whose work ethic, high level of commitment and dues-paying mindset has resulted in a solidified roster position as a sophomore ... Initially earned opportunity as a preferred invitee and is now in a position to compete for depth chart inclusion in the secondary and as a role as a possible special teams stalwart ... Was not officially credited with any tackles during the first two spring scrimmages, but tallied three stops during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Development in the strength and conditioning program has been exceptionable ... Displayed the most improvement among all defensive backs during the spring testing period and currently ranks among positional leaders in most categories ... Progress includes a 325-pound bench press (+15), 465-pound back squat (+55), 290-pound power clean (+13), 277-pound push jerk (+2), 36.5" vertical leap (+2") and a 10'1" broad jump (+2.5") ... Also trimmed times in the 40-yard dash (4.63 to 4.54) and the pro shuttle (4.17 to 3.99).
2013: Played in 10 games during first active campaign on the ECU roster, but did not record any statistics ... Experienced action, mostly on special teams, in matchups against Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Tulane, Southern Miss, FIU, Tulsa, UAB and NC State.
2012: Redshirted during true rookie season ... Contributed to scout team efforts on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams.
High School: A two-time I-Meck 4A All-Conference selection for coach Bobby Collins at Hough High School ... Named to the Charlotte Observer's All-Mecklenburg Defensive Team as a senior in 2011 ... Was HHS's Defensive Back MVP and team captain during junior and senior seasons ... Logged 67 tackles (35 solo hits), two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 2011 ... Also earned school's Outstanding Physical Conditioning Award during the 2011-12 academic year ... Represents the first Hough High School football letterman to earn a roster position with an FBS program ... Also lettered twice in baseball.
Personal: Full name is Nathaniel Joseph Mays, but prefers to go by Nate ... Born August 21, 1994 at Charlotte, N.C. ... Son of Ken and Polli Mays ... Major is special education ... Earned ECU Dean's List inclusion for classroom accomplishments during the 2013 fall semester before following with Honor Roll status during the 2014 spring semester.