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
Pirates Open Second Week Of Drills In Shells
East Carolina Wraps Up First Week Of Spring Work
Will open first active season on East Carolina's roster in position to provide a noteworthy impact on the defensive side of the ball and possibly on special teams ... A local product who brings plenty of speed and athleticism to the Pirates' front seven ... Earned depth chart status as a top reserve behind Maurice Falls at one of the outside linebacking slots after an impressive spring showing ... After sitting out the first scrimmage because of an illness, booked a pair of tackles in the second contest a week later (April 7) ... Tallied five stops, including two hits for lost yardage (-12), during the Purple-Gold Game on April 14 ... Work in strength and conditioning program has produced similar stellar results ... Established a position (OLB) record for the quickest 40 with a clip of 4.43 ... While power numbers continue to develop, already displays one of the top agility levels among the linebacking corps with a 35.5" vertical jump, a 9'11 broad jump, a 11.3 mark in the long shuttle and a 6.91 reading in the three-cone drill.
2011: Redshirted as true freshman during initial campaign in the ECU program, contributing to scout team efforts ... Signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: Three-year letterwinner for the Falcons after playing initial season on the junior varsity squad ... Played inside and outside linebacker for coach Walt Davis at South Central ... Selected as the Greenville Daily Reflector's Defensive Player-of-the-Year following senior campaign in which he totaled 200 tackles, 12 for a loss and five sacks ... Also blocked a punt during final season ... Added Daily Reflector All-Pitt County honors following senior campaign ... Helped guide the Falcons to 9-4 record and appearance in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3AA state playoff s in 2010 ... As a junior, led South Central to its first winning season in school history (8-4), while making 64 tackles and six sacks ... Defensive unit limited foes to 15.2 points per contest during junior campaign ... Has been measured with a vertical leap of 30 inches ... Rated as the 33rd-best prospect in the state of North Carolina according to scout.com ... A Second-Team selection for the scout.com U.S. Army All-American Combine Team in January, 2010.
Personal: Father, Darrell, played basketball at East Carolina from 1988-91 ... A criminal justice major.