|51 Phil McNaughton|
Watch interviews with Coach McNeill, Warren Harvey and Phil McNaughton following ECU's third practice of the spring.
An international student-athlete who opens senior season as the Pirates' only returning punter with game experience ... Coaches rated competition with Trent Tignor during the spring as a deadlock and will now also battle junior college transfer newcomer Brendan Rowland for top honors this fall ... Averaged 32.5 yards per punt (two attempts) during the Purple-Gold Game on April 14 ... Turned in a record-breaking effort during the strength and conditioning spring testing period, establishing a new all-time position (punter) standard for lifts in the bench press (335 pounds) and back squat (535) ... Also produced a jerk lift that generated 1,269 watts.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Served as a reserve punter for Ben Ryan, appearing in two games, against Tulane and Southern Miss ... Totaled nine boots for 348 yards with a long of 51 versus the Green Wave ... Averaged 38.7 yards per attempt ... Punted a career-high six times versus Southern Miss and totaled 223 yards, but also had one blocked ... Debuted against Tulane with three punts (125 yards) and drilled a career-long 51-yard boot on first attempt.
2010: Joined the East Carolina program as a walk-on during fall camp ... Did not appear in any contests, but served on the scout teams.
Personal: A construction management major who earned selection to ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) for both the fall and spring semesters during the 2011-2012 academic year.