|21 Ray Tillman|
A physical and rising young talent who seemingly has a strong grasp on assignment detail despite short time in ECU program … Had redshirt removed as a true freshman and will open sophomore season as a viable two-deep member and potential starter at the “buck” inside linebacker position … Coaches expect competition with Jordan Williams and Devaris Brunson to continue beyond preseason camp … Collected four stops, including one for a three-yard loss, during the first spring scrimmage on March 28 … Added another tackle and knocked down a pass during the second tilt (April 11) before contributing two hits in the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 … Off-season strength and conditioning progress, although impressive, was also slowed slightly because of an ankle injury … Did post lifts of 300 pounds (bench press), 435 (back squat) and 264 (power clean) during testing phase … Owns a 35” vertical jump and a 10’ broad jump.
2014: Appeared in eight games during true freshman season as a member of special teams and inside linebacking corps ... Did not play in the last five contests vs. Cincinnati, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF and Florida (Birmingham Bowl) … Totaled nine tackles (three solo) … Elevated to depth chart status prior to the Virginia Tech game after Brunson suffered a season-ending knee injury at South Carolina ... Eight of nine stops came on special teams, ranking fourth on the squad … All eight hits were made on kickoff return coverage squad … Tallied at least one tackle in five of eight games played with a career-best four against North Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Also added a pair of stops in collegiate debut against N.C. Central ... Had single tackles vs. South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Connecticut … Did not record any stats against SMU, USF or Temple … Selected as the special teams captain prior to the SMU tilt, which also marked ECU’s inaugural American Athletic Conference contest.
High School: An ESPN.com three-star prospect who earned a scout grade of 74 and ranks among the top 50 running backs in the Southeast … Selected as the Class 6-AAAAA Defensive Player-of-the-Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Played for coach Daydrin Shell on a Wolverine squad that compiled a 4-6 mark in 2013 … Made his commitment to East Carolina on Feb. 2 at the conclusion of the Pirates’ final visitation weekend … Recruited by Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ole Miss and Tennessee early during the process.
Personal: Full name is Ray Vartron Tillman … Majoring in communications … Earned ECU Honor Roll accolades for work in the classroom during the 2015 spring semester.