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In addition to serving as the program's top holder for a third consecutive year, will be one of three candidates to vie for the Pirates' top punting job in 2012 ... Battled Phil McNaughton to a draw during the spring according to coaches, but will face another competitor with the arrival of junior college transfer Brendan Rowland this fall ... Struggled with consistency issues during spring drills (netted 47 yards on two punts during the Purple-Gold Game on April 14), which prevented projected rise to the top of the two-deep as a junior ... 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 as a holder as an invited walk-on a two years ago.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
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 ... An accounting 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 ... Earned Chancellor's List (4.0) inclusion for work during the 2012 spring semester ... Has ultimate occupational goal of becoming a CFO or CEO of a major corporation ... Provides a strong leadership role for the FCA chapter on ECU's 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" ... Lists former Steelers' punter Daniel Sepulveda as favorite NFL player and former Boston Red Sox's pitcher Tim Wakefield as top professional athlete ... 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.