ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Senior Ranks Fourth In C-USA With A 41.4 Average
Senior Is One Of 25 Players Nominated For Top Punter Award
Upperclassmen Duo Earned Honorable Mention All C-USA Honors In 2012
Will contend for Conference USA and possible national honors as the Pirates' top punter again this fall ... Will also continue to provide steadiness and reliability as Warren Harvey's holder on all field goal and extra-point attempts ... In all, has appeared in 38 career games in a special teams role - 25 as exclusively the holder and 13 more in a dual role as both the punter and holder ... A model student-athlete with a tall frame, leg strength, poise and maturity who was extended a roster position and an immediate special teams starting position (holder) as an invited walk-on a three years ago ... Netted 145 yards in three punts (48.3 ypp) during the Purple-Gold Game on April 20 ... A 2013 Second-Team Preseason All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ... Topped all punters and kickers with a broad jump of 101.5" during spring strength and conditioning testing.
2012: An All-Conference USA honoree in his first punting campaign after taking over the duties on a full-time basis after fall camp ... Played in all 13 games logging 65 punts for 2,779 yards (42.8 avg.) with nine touchbacks ... Placed 14 boots inside the opponents 20-yard line and punted 10 balls for 50-plus yards with a career-long of 65 against Navy ... Named C-USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week after his performance at Southern Miss where he delivered a career-best 10 punts for 422 yards (42.2 avg.), placing three kicks inside the 20-yard line (two inside the 10) ... His 10 attempts at Southern Miss were the most for an ECU punter since 2004 ... Recorded at least one punt for 50-plus yards in seven games ... Booked only tackle at South Carolina (solo) ... Holder on Warren Harvey's 50 PATs and 20 field goal attempts ... Ranked among the league leaders in punt average (5th) ... On a national scale, stood 29th in punt average ... Possessed averages of 40.0 or better in 11 contest ... Top effort of year was a 52.5 clip against Navy ... Also turned in notable 46.4 (South Carolina), 46.3 (UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl), 46.0 (Marshall), 44.5 (Appalachian State) and 42.8 (Memphis) averages during the year ... Earned "Top Gun" Special Teams Player-of-the-Year honors during the program's annual awards banquet.
2011: Served as the team's holder for the second-straight season, appearing in all 12 games ... Held snap that produced Michael Barbour's East Carolina record-tying 58-yard field goal at Marshall ... An important part of field goals and point after touchdown units that helped Barbour end his career ranked ninth on the ECU career scoring chart (179 points, 28 FG, 95 PAT) ... Held for Barbour's three contests with two or more field goals.
2010: Took over as the team's holder in fall camp and served in that role for all 13 games ... One of just three true freshman to play in 2010 ... Integral part of kicking team that established a new school single-season records for PAT kicks made (56) and points by a kicker (104) ... Held for Barbour's five games with two or more field goals.
High School: Lettered twice as a punter for coach Shannon Jarvis at Mill Creek (Ga.) High School, which is located northeast of Atlanta and northwest of Athens on I-85 ... Recorded an overall 38.1 yards-per-punt average, while placement prevented any return yards on 44 boots as a senior ... Earned First-Team All-Gwinnett County and First- Team All-Region 7-AAAAA honors in 2009 ... Selected as the winner of the program's Hawk of Steel Award as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Cited as team's player-of-the-week on four occasions during prep career (once as junior, three times as senior) ... Also earned two baseball letters for Hawks as a pitcher ... A four-time recipient of MCHS's Scholar-Athlete Award and Academic Letter ... Was Mill Creek's Homecoming King during senior year and was runner-up for Fellowship of Christian Athletes Male Athlete-of-the-Year honors.
Personal: Full name is Trent Harrison Tignor ... Born August 12, 1992 at Snellville, Ga. ... Son of Chuck and Robin Tignor ... A business finance major ... Excels in the classroom with selection to the ECU Dean's List (3.5 grade point average or higher) during both semesters of the 2010-11 academic year before following with a similar standing for the fall term in 2011 and then both semesters again for 2012-13 ... Earned Chancellor's List (4.0) inclusion for work during the spring of 2012 ... A recipient of the C-USA Academic Medal (3.5) as a junior ... Also selected as ECU's Male Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year in the spring of 2013 ... Has ultimate occupational goal of becoming a CFO or CEO of a major corporation ... Provides top leadership role in FCA chapter on the East Carolina campus, serving as organization's president ... Brother Wes Tignor pitched at the collegiate level at Middle Georgia College (2006- 07) and Kennesaw State University (2008-09) ... Cousin Hampton Tignor was a four-year baseball (catcher) letterman at Florida who was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft ... An avid tennis fan who also enjoys playing the guitar and singing ... Picks a Wimbledon men's final as a sporting event most wanting to attend ... Says the best thing about being a member of the ECU football program is "being able to have an influence to positively impact people in the community" ... Cites transition from multi-sport athlete to just football as one of his biggest obstacles to overcome, but most rewarding pride has been development as a collegiate student-athlete ... Hometown of Hoschton (rhymes with pushton) set a world record recognized by the World Records Academy in 2008 for the "Most Scarecrows in One Location" (5,441) - an accomplishment which was also honored by the Georgia House of Representatives.