|3 Lance Ray|
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Fourth-Year Head Coach Reviews Spring Drills, Talks About Current State Of Program
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Will open final collegiate season looking to regain a more prominent pass catching role in addition to maintaining prime kickoff return status ... Completed the spring practice period and off-season listed as the unit's No. 1 "Z" (outside) receiver, potentially replacing departed senior Andrew Bodenheimer ... A skill performer who brings a high level of athleticism, speed and excitement to the game, but who has also experienced both the highs and lows of a career in a short timeframe ... Hopes to offer some consistency as a viable weapon in ECU's offensive scheme and on special teams after losing visibility down the stretch as a junior... Did not record any catches during the first spring scrimmage on April 6 ... Bounced back to make two grabs for seven yards in the second matchup before cashing in a 21-yard catch for a touchdown during the Purple-Gold Game ... Stands atop the strength and conditioning program's spring testing results, earning "freak" status on coach Jeff Connors' rating scale ... Established a position record with a 340-pound power clean to go along with a 360-pound bench press, a 530-pound back squat and a 275-pound push jerk ... Currently possesses the second-highest vertical jump on the team with a leap of 39" and also owns one of the longest broad jumps (120") ... Clocked at 4.18 in the pro shuttle and 7.15 in the L drill.
2012: Ranked second on the team with 290 kickoff return yards for a 22.3 average ... Made impressive debut in the opener against Appalachian State, returning only kickoff 90 yards for a TD in the third quarter - a first at ECU since 2010 ... Named College Football Performance Awards National Kick Returner-of-the-Week for his play vs. the Mountaineers ... Returned a career-best six kickoffs for a career-best 95 yards at South Carolina (15.8 ypr) the following week ... Against Navy brought back three kickoffs for 76 yards (25.3) ... Also had a pair of returns at North Carolina (18 yards) and one at UCF (11 yards) ... Receiving role diminished as the season progressed, finishing with only four catches for 16 yards (season-best two for 12 yards at Southern Miss) in 10 overall games ... Added a reception for -2 yards at UNC and a six-yarder vs. Memphis, but did not record a catch in the remaining four contests played ... Made starts at one of the outside receiver spots at UCF and at UAB ... Twelve of 13 returns went for 10-plus yards.
Junior College: A 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Honorable Mention All-America selection after lone season with Northwest ... A Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College (MACJC) First-Team All-State and NJCAA All-Region 23 selection who tallied 37 catches for 704 yards (19.0 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns ... Added two more scores on kickoff returns of 73 and 84 yards ... Tied former first-round NFL Draft selection John Avery's 1994 program single-season record for kick return scores ... Closed the year averaging 25.8 yards per kickoff return ... Ended the campaign with 14 total touchdowns, the highest among all MACJC players during the regular season ... Led the Rangers in scoring (86 points), all-purpose yards per game (118.3) and yards per catch while ranking second in receptions and yards ... Named the NJCAA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week after debut game in which he averaged 38.3 yards on three kickoff returns, including the 84-yarder for a score ... During initial contest with Northwest, added a trio of aerial scores by hauling in TD passes of 30, 43 and 74 yards to help the ninth-ranked Rangers top No. 8 Pearl River 56-55 in overtime ... Played for head coach Ricky Woods.
Arkansas: Led the Razorbacks in kickoff returns (23), kickoff return yards (518) and average per return (22.5 yards) during only fall campaign in 2010 ... Returned a kickoff 66 yards against Vanderbilt, which marked both a career long and UA season best ... Also contributed in a limited role on offense, catching one pass for six yards ... In three 2010 spring scrimmages and the Red-White Spring Game, hauled in a total of five passes for 119 yards, including one 50-yard reception ... Played wide receiver for the White Team in the spring game ... Made four catches for 69 yards with a long of 39 during an April 16 scrimmage ... Redshirted during first year with the program in 2009, the same campaign in which ECU played the Razorbacks in the Liberty Bowl ... Was timed at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
High School: Served as a two-way standout during senior season at East Gadsden High School to help the Jaguars to a 5-5 mark ... Named to the Florida Sports Writers Association Honorable Mention Class 3A All-State Team as a wide receiver after catching 33 passes for 632 yards and six touchdowns ... Also an occasional running back who carried four times for 15 yards and a score ... Recorded 19 tackles as a safety and had 12 kickoff returns for 322 yards ... Set single-game season highs in receiving yards (127) and touchdown receptions (three) against Chiles High in the 2008 opener ... Finished the campaign with three 100-yard receiving games (Chiles, Leon, Wakulla) during only season as a wideout after shifting from tight end ... Was an all-district and all-conference honoree as a junior after making 21 receptions for 475 yards and three touchdowns ... Defensively, contributed 50 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2007 ... Rated as the No. 59 athlete in the country by Rivals.com ... Played for head coach Scott Anderson ... Also a member of the basketball team.
Personal: Full name is Lance Keeyon Ray ... Born March 16, 1991 ... Son of Reginald and Glenda Ray ... Major is communications.