Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
ECU Opens Fourth and Final Week of Spring Drills
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Pirates Keep Preparation Efforts On Course For Saturday's Scrimmage
ECU Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Talks Tulane, Announces Departure Of QB Rio Johnson
Has earned a quick climb on the defensive depth chart with possession of key reserve status at one of the inside linebacking positions after just full one year in the East Carolina program ... Wrapped up spring action as Kyle Tudor and Daniel Drake's backup, but is also expected to experience considerable action as a top-tier special teams performer for the second consecutive season ... Brings plenty of athleticism, physicality and quickness to an already-deep talent pool within unit ... Initially joined Pirates as an invited walk-on during the summer of 2011 and made collegiate debut in early October after competing at the prep school level just a year earlier ... Collected two stops during the first spring scrimmage on March 31 and added another during the second tilt a week later ... Shined during the Purple-Gold Game (April 14) with seven tackles, including one for a loss of two yards ... Clocked at 4.81 in the 40, booked a vertical jump of 28" and produced a back squat of 490 pounds during strength and conditioning testing.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
Prep School: Spent one year at Hargrave Military Academy, helping the Cadets to a perfect 8-0 record ... Part of a defensive unit that posted four shutouts and allowed just 44 total points in seven games played (one victory by forfeit) ... Recovered a blocked punt against Newberry ... Played for head coach Troy Davis ... Originally committed to Navy following stint at Hargrave.
High School: Helped Northwestern High School to a 9-6 record and a perfect 5-0 mark in AAAA Region III play as a senior ... Spartans rallied from a 1-5 start (0-4 to open season) to win eight games in a row and advance deep into the playoffs under the direction of Jimmy "Moose" Wallace ... Selected to play for the South Carolina squad in the 2009 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas contest ... Also lettered in basketball, earning Fox Charlotte Sonic Scholar Athlete-of-the-Week honors on Feb. 17, 2010.
Personal: A criminal justice major.