|59 Reece Speight|
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Has earned deserved rise on the defensive two-deep heading into his third full year on the active roster ... Finished spring drills listed as the top reserve at the "will" outside linebacking position behind Joe Allely ... A personable defender who also offers a level of physicality and possesses a work ethic that should continue to fuel development ... Could also play a pivotal role on various special teams squads ... Did not record statistics in the first spring scrimmage (March 28) or the Purple-Gold Game (April 18), but tallied a pair of tackles -- including a sack for a five-yard loss -- in the second outing on April 11 ... Rapidly increasing strength and conditioning testing numbers include a bench press of 355 pounds, a back squat of 560, a power clean of 290 and a push jerk of 288 ... Has a vertical leap of 31" and a broad jump of 9'3" to complement power figures.
2014: Experienced action in just two games as a sophomore ... Played in home games against N.C. Central (season opener) and North Carolina ... Was not credited with any statistics.
2013: Played in four games as a redshirt freshman -- Southern Miss, Tulsa, UAB and NC State ... Accounted for season's only two tackles during the Pirates' victory over the Golden Eagles at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Both stops came on rushing plays.
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 by Reece ... Born November 7, 1993 at Wilson, N.C. ... Major is communication ... An ECU Honor Roll student in the classroom during the 2013 fall semester and again in the 2015 spring semester ... Cousin of former Pirate cornerback Jacobi Jenkins ... Lists music and video games as hobbies of choice.