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Preseason Camp Notebook No. 11
East Carolina Returns 15 Starters, 48 Lettermen
A late spring signee who officially enrolled at East Carolina at the start of the second summer semester and immediately began off-season workouts with the Pirates' strength and conditioning program ... Will have two years of eligibility remaining after a three-year junior college career (redshirted as a true freshman in 2009).
Junior College: Served as the Gaucho's starting punter and helped team finish the year ranked No. 17 nationally JCGridiron.com ... Squad posted an 8-3 record and earned a berth to the Golden State Bowl, the program's 11th-straight bowl appearance, before falling to Riverside 31-14 ... Ended the campaign with 55 punts for 2,181 yards, an average of 39.7 yards per boot ... Dropped 22 punts inside the 20-yard line and induced 12 fair catches ... Tallied a long kick of 52 yards ... Squad went 3-2 in the Southern California Football Association National Division (Southern Conference) contests ... Program began the year as the preseason No. 10 team in the JCGridiron.com rankings ... Participated in the 11th annual Snap, Hold & Kick Competition in July (2011) and was the champion of the college punting division ... As a freshman, unanimously named to the First Team All-National Division Southern Conference squad after averaging 42.4 yards a punt - the second-best mark in program history ... Earned a place on the 2010 Region IV All-California First Team Defense as selected by the Board of Directors of the California Community College Football Coaches Association ... During rookie year, Saddleback finished 8-3 and played in the Southern California Bowl, suffering a 34-14 setback to Cerritos ... Squad ended the campaign as the 14th-ranked unit by JCGridiron.com ... Redshirted during his first season at SCC in 2009 ... Played for head coach Mark McElroy, who produced 23 players off the `11 roster who will suit up with four-year universities in the fall of 2012.
High School: A key contributor to a Mater Dei program that finished his senior year ranked No. 16 in the state after going 8-4 and advancing to the second round of the playoffs ... Tabbed the squad's special teams' player-of-the-year after final campaign in 2008 ... Averaged 40.3 yards-per-punt for the Monarchs during senior season ... As a junior in 2007, team went 9-2, moved to the second round of the playoffs and earned a final ranking of 10th in the state ... Heisman Trophy candidate and USC quarterback Matt Barkley was a prep teammate during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns ... Earned additional varsity letters as a member of the baseball team ... Played for head coach Bruce Rollinson ... Attended Ray Guy Prokicker.com camps throughout high school and currently works at those camps ... Earned the top distance scores at the `07 and '08 Los Angeles/Orange County camps.