|86 Stephen Baggett|
Expected to open junior campaign as the Pirates’ projected starter at tight end after serving as record-setter Bryce Williams’ top understudy during first two active years in the program … Contributions should be enhanced in more of a positional prototype role under new coaching staff … Delivers plenty of athleticism to both ECU’s offensive and special teams units … Has played in 24 career games and recorded seven receptions for 67 yards (9.6 ypr) … From a blocking standpoint, has helped produce seven individual 100-yard rushing performances … Did not record any catches during pair of spring scrimmages (April 9, April 16) … Continues to enjoy success in the Pirates’ strength and conditioning program, earning a “freak” rating (power quotient) during spring testing phase … Established a new positional (TE) record in the push jerk with 330 pounds … Also produced lifts of 405 pounds (bench), 505 (squat) and 330 (power clean), while producing a broad jump of 10’, a vertical of 33”, a 40 time of 4.41, a pro shuttle clip of 4.02, a three-cone drill mark of 6.85 and a long shuttle time of 11.43 … in all, has added nearly 30 pounds of strength during the last two springs as body continues to develop for full-time collegiate competition, especially in blocking assignments.
2015: Experienced action in all 12 contests as a reserve tight end and on various special teams squads … Had five catches for 40 yards (8.0 ypr) during sophomore campaign … Recorded multiple receptions on two occasions … Hauled in a personal-best two passes each in games against Navy (14 yards) and Tulsa (season-high 24 yards) … Other grab came vs. Temple for two yards … Season-long catch was a 19-yarder against Golden Hurricane at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium … Receptions vs. Tulsa and Temple were in successive outings – a career first … Helped Pirates surpass the 500-yard total offense mark three times (555/SMU, 518/BYU and 622/UCF) … Assisted in three individual 100-yard ground efforts, two by Chris Hairston (154/Towson, 123/UCF) and one by James Summers (169/Virginia Tech) … Did not record any personal statistics against Towson, Florida, Virginia Tech, SMU, BYU, Connecticut, USF, UCF and Cincinnati).
2014: Played in 12 of 13 games, primarily on special teams and in two tight end packages ... Made collegiate debut against N.C. Central in the season opener ... Had two receptions for 27 yards as a rookie – an average of 13.5 yards per grab … Caught first collegiate pass in inaugural American Athletic Conference matchup against SMU (25 yards) in the first quarter at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Other catch was a two-yarder against Florida in the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field … Experienced action on offense (tight end) in 10 games – N.C. Central, North Carolina, SMU, Connecticut, Temple, Cincinnati, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF and Florida … Did not play against USF in Tampa … On the blocking end, was credited with helping provide running lanes for four 100-yard rushing games (three by Breon Allen, one by Chris Hairston).
High School: A three-year letterman for coach Mark Clifford at Beaufort High School in the Low Country of South Carolina (between Savannah (Ga.) and Charleston) … Had 29 receptions for 556 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior captain in 2013 to help lead Eagles to a 9-4 record and playoff appearance … Led BHS to a first-round win over Blythewood (23-15) before falling 23-10 to North Augusta in the next round to end season … Earned first-team all-area honors from the Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette as both a junior and senior … Also was a two-time all-region selection and was named to the all-state squad in 2013 … Selected to compete in the ’13 North-South All-Star Game in his home state … Listed among the top 35 recruits in South Carolina in various recruiting publications … Caught 18 passes for 372 yards and four TDs as a junior … Played on both sides of the ball during prep career (defensive end) ... Attendance in ECU summer camps sparked initial interest before giving verbal commitment on June 19 … BHS head coach (Clifford) earned his master’s degree from East Carolina … Also was a baseball standout for the Eagles who was an all-state pick after junior season … Had the second-highest RBI total in the state (2013) … In all, earned three letters as a centerfielder and pitcher … A key part of an Eagle squad which captured a regional title and advanced to the ’13 Class 4A State Tournament … Earned membership in the National Honor Society for work in the classroom.
Personal: Full name is Stephen Louis Baggett … Born Sept. 20, 1995 at Beaufort, S.C. … Son of Steve and Lori Baggett … A management major … Cited offensive system and Pirates’ family atmosphere as primary reasons for signing with ECU … Hobbies include the beach and piloting WaveRunners.