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Looks to continue development as a member of the defensive two-deep during first year on the active roster ... Finished spring drills listed as a reserve at the "will" outside linebacking position behind All-Conference USA performer Derrell Johnson ... Offers a level of physicality and possesses a work ethic that should rapidly enhance move up depth chart during career, yet coaches are counting on growth in the strength and conditioning program before full potential can be realized ... Opened spring scrimmage season with four tackles, including one for lost yardage, on April 6 ... Did not register statistics in the second contest, but was credited with a hit during the Purple-Gold Game on April 20 ... Strength testing numbers include a bench press of 330 pounds, a back squat of 490, a power clean of 272 and a push jerk of 255 ... Has a vertical leap of 27.5" and a broad jump of 100".
2012: Lauded for quality contributions to ECU's scout team as a redshirt during inaugural year in the Pirate program ... Signed with Ruffin McNeill and the Pirates in February.
High School: A three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bruins who played on both the offensive and defensive lines ... Became the first Beddingfield player to ink with an FBS program since Everette Brown signed with Florida State in 2005 ... Team ended the year with a 3-7 record during senior season, but won two of the final three games ... Captain and anchor of a defensive unit that allowed 15 or fewer points in a trio of contests ... In a season-opening 13-3 win over Northern Nash, tallied 12 tackles, including five for lost yardage ... Booked 13 stops, including 10 solo hits and 1.5 sacks during a 21-14 loss versus Greene Central ... An Eastern Plains 2-A All-Conference honoree as a defensive lineman following junior year ... Helped the Bruins to a 6-7 overall record in 2010, including a 36-28 victory over Southwest Edgecombe in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2AA State Championship playoffs ... Beddingfield also finished tied for second in the Eastern Plains with a 4-2 mark ... Named to the All-Eastern Plains First Team Defense as a sophomore, when the team went 6-6 ... Played for head coach Tyrone Johnson, a former ECU linebacker who lettered in 1983 and 1984 ... A three-star recruit by ESPN.com ... Rated as the 37th-best prospect in the state, and the 104th-best athlete nationally, by ESPN.com ... Earned additional letters in basketball (2) and track (2).
Personal: Full name is Gerald Reece Speight, but prefers to go Reece ... Born November 7, 1993 at Wilson, N.C. ... Intends to major in communication ... Lists music and video games as hobbies of choice.