|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.