|31 Bill Wallace|
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Navy Game
A dedicated, unselfi sh program-type performer who has enjoyed continued popularity with his teammates and the Pirate fan base as one of the program's top special teams stalwarts ... Earned every minute of playing time after joining the roster as a walk-on in the fall of 2008 ... Also serves as a reserve in the secondary at either of the safety positions, but will be primarily counted on to provide a special teams spark for the third-straight season ... Collected two tackles in the first spring scrimmage April 2, but was not credited with any statistics during the last two contests.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Respected member of the special teams who appeared in all 13 games and earned first varsity letter ... Booked 10 tackles, all on kickoff returns, with six solo hits and four assists ... Tied for third on the squad with 10 special teams hits and tied for third with 10 stops on kickoff runbacks ... Credited with one or more stops in nine of 13 games ... Only games without a hit were North Carolina, N.C. State, Navy and Maryland ... Booked career-best two stops at UAB, teaming up with James Craig to stop Pat Shed after a 19-yard return in the second quarter and registering a solo knockdown of Shed in the third frame after a 24-yard runback ... Recorded first career tackle versus Tulsa, combining with Leonard Paulk to bring down Milton Howell after an eight-yard return in the second quarter ... Initial solo stop came a week later versus Memphis, knocking down Billy Foster following a 12-yard runback in the third quarter ... Other solo hits came against Southern Miss, Marshall, UCF and SMU ... Remaining assists were versus Virginia Tech and Rice.
2009 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Experienced action in one game as a redshirt freshman, earning playing time against Rice in the Pirates' 49-13 victory on Oct. 17 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Was not credited with any statistics ... Turned in valuable performance on defensive and special teams scout units during first active campaign.
2008: Redshirted during first season in the ECU program after earning roster position as a fall walk-on under previous coaching staff.
High School: A three-year letterman and senior team captain at Eastern Alamance High School for coach John Kirby ... Helped Eagles to an overall record of 29-11 and a pair of conference titles as a member of the varsity squad during sophomore, junior and senior campaigns ... A two-time all-region and All-Mid-State Conference selection ... Also secured region and conference defensive player-of-the-year honors during junior season in 2006 ... An all-state (3A) performer in 2007 as a senior ... Earned four additional letters in track, competing in the long jump, triple jump and 4x100 relay events.
Personal: Full name is William Edward Wallace, Jr. ... Born March 14, 1990 at Goldsboro, N.C. ... A management (accounting) major who earned inclusion on ECU's Honor Roll in the spring semester (2011) for work in the classroom ... A golf enthusiast who is approaching scratch status ... Father Bill was a three-year letterman as a fullback and linebacker for the Pirates in 1969, 1970 and 1971 before earning an invitation to the Washington Redskins training camp after collegiate career ... Lists former Tar Heel and current Cleveland Browns receiver Greg Little as the best athlete he's faced to date (during high school) ... Successfully competed as a diver during youth years, capturing back-to-back county championships ... Says working at an antique auction was his favorite summer or part-time job ... Credits parents as most infl uential on career.