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
ECU Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Southern Miss Game
AP Photos: East Carolina at North Carolina
A strong, talented and valued member of the Pirate secondary and special teams unit whose accelerated development could result in a starting assignment at some point during sophomore season ... Wrapped up spring drills as returning starter Adonis Armstrong's top backup at the field cornerback position, but intensity, quickness and his on-the-field awareness could heat up competition during year and certainly allow repeat role as a special teams stalwart ... Recorded two tackles in the first spring scrimmage (April 6) and added three more in the second matchup a week later ... Logged a pair of stops in the Purple-Gold Game on April 20... Ranked at the "excellent" level during the strength and conditioning testing period according to coach Jeff Connors ... Possesses a vertical leap of 37.5" a broad jump of 121.5" and a 40 time of 4.49 ... Established a new position record for the top power clean with a effort of 323 pounds ... Other power numbers of note include a bench press of 310 pounds, a back squat of 485 and a push jerk of 255 ... Owns one of the top flexibility ratings in the program (15.0).
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) and Honor Roll (2011 fall semester) performer academically as a communication major ... Father, Rocco Sr., was a professional boxer ... An enthusiast of the Call of Duty games.