|86 Stephen Baggett|
Expected to continue impact-producing contributions in the Pirates' spread scheme as a sophomore ... Projected to open second year in system as Bryce Williams' top backup in more of a prototype tight end role under first-year offensive coordinator Dave Nichol ... Brings plenty of athleticism to both ECU's offensive and special teams units ... Added 12 pounds of strength during the offseason as body continues to develop for collegiate competition, especially in blocking assignments ... Caught four passes for 44 yards in first spring scrimmage on March 28 ... Did not record a catch in the next outing, but closed out the spring with a five yard grab during the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 ... Has enjoyed early success in the Pirates' strength and conditioning program with an "excellent" rating (power quotient) ... Recorded lifts of 365 pounds (bench), 460 (squat) and 280 (power clean), while producing a broad jump of 10', a 40 time of 4.41, a shuttle clip of 4.02 and a three-cone drill of 6.88.
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 (one of nine receivers to haul down at least one catch against the Mustangs) ... 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 ... Still undecided on official college major ... Cited offensive system and Pirates' family atmosphere as primary reasons for signing with ECU ... Hobbies include the beach and piloting WaveRunners.