|4 Quataye Smyre|
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Pirates Dodge Weather, Use Shell Workout To Finish Scrimmage Preparations
Pirates Return To Work After First Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
An explosive and fleet-footed pass catcher who should contend for ample playing time on the offensive unit and special teams squads during his first active season on the Pirates' roster ... Projected to open redshirt freshman campaign as Danny Webster's top back-up at the "H" inside receiving position ... Coaching staff will also continue to explore possibilities of return specialist duties after a brief introduction during spring drills ... Had five receptions for 29 yards during the first scrimmage on April 6 and followed with a three-catch, 47-yard effort a week later in the second contest ... Snared two passes for 18 yards in the Purple-Gold Game on April 20 ... Also experienced brief action out of the backfield, picking up a combined 25 yards on four carries ... Strength and conditioning testing times of interest include a 4.11 clip in the pro shuttle, a 6.70 mark in the L drill and a 4.4 clocking in the 40 ... Also turned in a broad jump of 112.5" and a vertical leap of 33".
2012: Redshirted during true freshman season after signing with the Pirates in February ... Helped prepare the ECU defense by providing speedy looks from the receiver position as a scout team member.
High School: A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter who was promoted to the varsity squad just three games into his freshman season ... As a senior, helped guide the Vikings to a 13-1 record with the lone loss a 28-14 setback to eventual state champion West Stokes in the quarterfinals of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 2AA State Championship ... Helped team to the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference (CVAC) title after going 7-0 in league play for the second-straight year ... A member of the 2011 All-Lake Norman, All-Catawba Valley and Statesville Record and Landmark All-County teams ... Totaled 500 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 418 yards and six scores as a senior ... Defensively, registered four interceptions and four breakups ... Added one special teams' score ... Named the MaxPreps.com Player-of-the-Week for Sept. 4 after having three receptions for 103 yards and three touchdowns, while booking four tackles on defense - two for lost yardage ... Entered senior season ranked as the 16th-best prospect in the state by the Fayetteville Observer ... Named to the 2011 Honorable Mention ESPNHS North Carolina Preseason All-State Team and NCPreps.com Preseason All-State 2A squad ... Turned in breakout season as a junior after taking snaps as a wide receiver, running back, quarterback, defensive back, kickoff returner and punt return man ... Named the Iredell County Player-of-the-Year after scoring a touchdown one out of every four times touching the ball on offense or special teams ... Tabbed as the Statesville Record and Landmark County Player-of-the-Year and earned a place on the all-county team as a utility player and on the All-CVAC squad ... Ended the campaign with 36 receptions for 749 yards (20.8 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns ... Added 13 rushes for 130 yards (10.0 yards per carry) and three scores, seven kickoff returns for 203 yards (29.0 yards per return) and a TD, and 12 punt runbacks for 134 yards (11.2 yards per return) and a touchdown ... Defensively, recorded 51 tackles, six pass breakups and four interceptions ... As a junior, piloted the Vikings to an undefeated regular season and an 11-1 campaign as the only loss was a 31-30 first-round upset by Forest Hills during the first round of the NCHSAA 2AA playoffs ... Program captured the CVAC crown with a 7-0 record ... Also an All-CVAC selection as a sophomore ... Played for head coach Scott Miller final two years and Ed Masterton the first two ... Rated as the 27th best prospect in North Carolina and the 85th best athlete in the country by ESPN.com ... Listed as the 17th-best prospect in North Carolina according to SuperPrep Magazine ... Also ran the 100 and 200 meters for South Iredell's track program.
Personal: Full name is Quataye LaTell Smyre ... Born August 18, 1993 at Forsyth, N.C. ... Has not declared a college major.