ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Start Of Spring Practice
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 21 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Saturday Marks First Road Test For Football
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Appalachian State Game
Impressive strength development, commitment, reliability and quick acclimation to ECU's offensive scheme should allow for a smooth transition from exclusive special team status to a possible full-time appointment as a key contributor to the Pirates' line ... Earned top reserve designation at the center position behind returning starter Taylor Hudson entering his sophomore campaign ... Will again be counted on to provide exemplary service as a short snapper on East Carolina's field goal and extra-point units ... Officially joined the Pirate program as an "invited" walk-on in the fall of 2011 ... Success and growth in his strength and conditioning pursuits are rivaled by very few ... Established a position record with a back squat of 685 pounds, a number which also ranks as the sixth-highest total in team history ... Also turned in ECU's fourth-highest push jerk lift ever at 385 pounds ... Other numbers of note include a 445-pound bench press, a 335-pound power clean and a flex rating of 13 - one of the highest among all current offensive lineman.
2012: Played in 12 of 13 games as a redshirt freshman ... Helped contribute to a block-free campaign as ECU connected on 50-of-50 extra-point conversions and 15-of-20 field goal tries.
2011: Did not experience any game action as a redshirt during true freshman year ... Contributed to both offensive and special team scout units ... Despite walk-on status, intent to enroll was publicly announced during National Signing Day festivities in February.
High School: Started at center and as the long snapper as a senior, helping the Patriots to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3AA state playoffs - WCHS's first post-season appearance since 2004 ... Helped West Carteret to a 5-2 mark and third-place showing in the Coastal Conference ... Selected to play for the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following senior season ... Earned the starting nod at center for the contest and became just the fourth player from Carteret County to ever play in the game ... A NCPreps.com 3A First-Team All-State and All-Coastal Conference selection following final campaign ...Named the team's best offensive lineman and strongest man as a senior ... Helped the Patriot offense average 31.1 points per contest during 2010 ... West Carteret went 5-6 during junior season and 3-8 as a sophomore ... Wrestled for the Patriot program as a freshman and senior.
Personal: Full name is Curtis Roy Struyk, Jr., but prefers to go by C.J ... Born July 7, 1993 at Morehead City, N.C. ... Father, Curtis, lettered as a defensive tackle for the Pirate football program in 1984 before a brief NFL career with the New York Giants ... Lists hunting and fishing as favorite hobbies ... Major is industrial distribution & logistics.