|68 Will Towery|
Appears to be in a position to perhaps enjoy a breakthrough year as the Pirates' projected starting center, replacing reliable All-Conference USA standout Sean Allen ... Hopes to reverse an injury-plagued career which has slowed development at times ... Missed the 2008 campaign due to a back injury, and after returning for the 2009 season, suffered a left knee injury March 29 that forced him out of action under new coaching staff ... Has gained a reported 50 pounds compared to signing day weight (255) as a result of hard work and dedication in the strength program ... Signed originally as a sure-handed tight end out of prep program but physical development created the position shift.
2009: Appeared in the first three games of career, experiencing action against Rice, Memphis and UAB ... Logged 16 total plays from scrimmage as a backup tackle ... Made debut against the Owls inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, helping the offense post a season-high 49 points ... Part of an offensive line that paved the way for a season-high 275 ground yards at Memphis ... Action against the Blazers in a key Conference USA home victory resulted in 325 yards of total offense.
2008: Did not experience action as a redshirt freshman because of a back injury.
2007: Redshirted during initial season on ECU roster ... Officially signed with the Pirate program in February, 2007.
High School: A two-year letterman and a two-year, two-way starter at A.C. Reynolds High School ... Experienced action as program's top tight end and/or offensive tackle and defensive lineman ... Chosen to the all-conference squad ... Also earned All-Western North Carolina (area) honors ... Offensively, made eight receptions for 159 yards for the Rockets in 2006 ... Credited with 35 tackles, five for lost yardage on the defensive side of the ball ... Selected to play in the 2006 Shrine Bowl Game ... Tallied 41 tackles (five for lost yardage) as a junior in 2005 ... Prep coach was Steve McCurry ... Also earned three baseball letters ... Represented North Carolina in the 2005 and 2006 National History Day Competition and captured two titles in the "Senior Group Documentary" event ("Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" and "Good Evening Vietnam") ... Graduated with honors.
Personal: Full name is William Hunter Towery ... Born August 8, 1989 at Asheville, N.C. ... Son of Tim and Lynn Towery ... A finance major ... Earned selection to ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for work in the classroom.