|10 Rocco Scarfone|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Pirates Keep Preparation Efforts On Course For Saturday's Scrimmage
AP Photos: East Carolina at North Carolina
Hopes to parlay first career start in the Birmingham Bowl as a junior into a full-time responsibility during senior campaign ... An athletic, strong and high-intensity member of the Pirate secondary who will open fall drills listed as the No. 1 boundary cornerback, but coaches expect plenty of competition from junior DaShaun Amos ... Could also experience significant special teams action depending on placement in defensive two-deep ... Bounced back from an idle sophomore campaign with a productive 2014 season, mostly on special teams and at the field cornerback slot ... Quickness and on-the-field awareness have also fueled development ... Has played in 25 career games (one start) and made 23 stops (12 solo) ... Recorded three tackles in the first spring scrimmage (March 28), but was not credited with any statistics during the next two outings (April 11 and Purple-Gold Game on April 18) ... Ranks at the "super" level during the strength and conditioning testing period according to coach Jeff Connors ... Possesses a vertical leap of 36.5" a broad jump of 10'6" and a 40 time of 4.48 ... Established a new position record for the top power clean with an effort of 323 pounds in 2013 ... Other current power numbers of note include a bench press of 305 pounds, a back squat of 430 and a push jerk of 275 ... Owns one of the top flexibility ratings in the program (16.0).
2014: Experienced action in all 13 games, mostly in special teams role ... Made first collegiate start in Birmingham Bowl against Florida in place of Josh Hawkins ... Logged 11 overall tackles (eight solo) ... Seven stops came as special teams member -- four on kickoff returns, three on punt returns ... Posted three multi-tackle performances, contributing two hits each in contests against Virginia Tech, UCF and Florida ... Both tackles against Knights were solo stops ... Credited with single take-downs vs. N.C. Central, North Carolina, USF, Temple and Tulane ... Recorded only pass breakup against Eagles in season opener at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
2013: Made valuable scout team contributions as a sophomore, but did not participate in game action under first-year coordinator Rick Smith.
2012: Played 12 games as a redshirt freshman ... Experienced action in the Pirates' secondary and as a member of the special teams unit ... Tallied 12 tackles (four solo) with one pass breakup (UTEP) ... Made collegiate debut in the season opener against Appalachian State on special teams ... Recorded solo tackle on a pass play in the second quarter against South Carolina, his first career stop ... Tallied a career-best four tackles (two solo) at Southern Miss ... Played in a reserve role at North Carolina booking two stops (both assists) on passing plays ... Recorded a pair of tackles vs. UTEP and Houston ... Eight of 12 stops were on passing plays ... Recorded three tackles as a member of special teams unit (KOR).
2011: Did not experience any game action as a redshirt during true freshman season ... Cited by coaching staff for efforts on the scout team ... Signed with the ECU program in February.
High School: A three-year, two-way starter for the Northern Guilford program, which began playing varsity football in 2008 ... Played both quarterback and cornerback ... Guided the Nighthawks to the 2010 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 3AA championship with a 21-20 victory over Shelby Crest ... Was a perfect 10-of-10 passing during the Crest tilt, throwing for 128 yards and a trio of touchdowns ... During state title run, defeated four conference champions in first five playoff victories ... Played as a receiver and defensive back for much of senior year due to a broken hand suffered in a 15-14 loss to Dudley during the third week of the season ... Threw two touchdown passes against Northeast Guilford, Rockingham County, Triton and Hunt ... Earned First-Team All-Mid-State 3A Conference honors as a defensive back during final campaign ... Nighthawks went 26-4 overall with a 13-1 mark in league action over final two years ... Helped Northern Guilford to the NCHSAA quarterfinals as a junior, when he was a first-team all-league honoree at quarterback ... Completed 122-of-197 passes for 2,303 yards and 29 touchdowns during junior season ... Nighthawks went 10-1 during initial varsity season ... Played for the school's junior varsity program as a freshman in 2007 ... Coached by Johnny Roscoe ... Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January, 2010 ... Also earned four track letters (100, 200, 4x1, 4x2) ... A 4.0 Honor Roll student in the classroom.
Personal: Full name is Rocco Joseph Scarfone ... Born June 20, 1992 at Greensboro, N.C. ... An ECU Dean's List (2012 fall semester, 2013 spring semester, 2013 fall semester, 2014 spring semester, 2014 fall semester) and Honor Roll (2011 fall semester) performer academically ... Earned a bachelor's degree in communications during ECU's Spring Commencement on May 8, 2015 and is currently working on a second degree as a child life major ... Father, Rocco Sr., was a professional boxer ... An enthusiast of the Call of Duty games.