Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming UTEP Game
Game Kicks Off At 4:00 p.m. Saturday
An experienced member of East Carolina's pass-catching corps who hopes to get back on track after experiencing diminished statistical involvement as a sophomore and junior following an active true freshman campaign ... Expected to transition into more of a leadership role as a senior, whether on the offensive side of the ball as a backup outside receiver or in new-found special teams role ... Was pressed into active duty as a rookie a little less than midway through the '08 season and handled new responsibilities in admirable fashion with maturity and poise ... Coaches cite speed, quickness, verticality and pass-catching skill as positive qualities ... On receiving end of a five-yard pass during first spring scrimmage (April 2) before catching two balls for 19 yards in the second contest (April 9) ... Had two receptions for 24 yards, including a three-yard touchdown grab, during the Purple-Gold Game a week later on April 16 to close out drills.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Appeared in 12 games and made one start (at Marshall) ... Did not experience action in both post-season tilts against Houston (Conference USA Championship Game) and Arkansas (AutoZone Liberty Bowl) ... Booked 12 catches for 141 yards (11.8 ypr) ... Matched a career high with four receptions against North Carolina, but established a personal-best with 66 yards against Tar Heels (which included a season-long of 35 on a flea-flicker from Dwayne Harris) ... Also enjoyed multiple-catch performances against UCF (2-22), Marshall (2-17) and Southern Miss (2-21) to help Pirates capture the C-USA East Division title at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Tallied single receptions vs. West Virginia (nine yards) and Tulsa (six) ... Also participated on various special teams squads, logging one tackle (UCF). 2008 Game-by-Game Statistics
2008: A true freshman who was promoted to the active roster prior to the Virginia contest ... Official decision to lift redshirt status came during off week which enabled appearance in junior varsity game vs. Hargrave Military Academy Oct. 2 ... Followed by playing in nine remaining games on special teams and at wide receiver, starting last four (UAB, UTEP, Tulsa and Kentucky) ... Recorded 17 receptions for 230 yards, an average of 13.5 yards per grab ... Had a personal-long gain of 41 against UAB in division-clinching victory ... Caught at least one pass in eight games and turned in multi-receptions on six occasions - all in succession ... Pulled in a career-high four catches vs. UTEP while netting 53 yards vs. UAB ... In addition to four-grab effort vs. Miners, also posted at least two or more receptions in games vs. UAB (three), UCF (two), Marshall (two), Southern Miss (two) and Tulsa (two) in the Conference USA Championship Game ... Added single catches against Virginia in college debut and Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Booked 30 or more receiving yards against UAB (53), Southern Miss (51), UTEP (39) and Tulsa (32) ... Signed with the Pirates in February, 2008.
High School: A three-year starter at quarterback and two-way player for coach Bob Eason at Northside High School ... Rushed for 1,378 yards and 20 touchdowns while throwing for 715 yards and seven scores during senior campaign ... Defensively, netted a team-high nine interceptions as team captain ... Also served as one of the Monarchs' top kick returners on special teams ... Completed 55-of-124 passes for 992 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior to help guide Northside to an 11-4 record ... Added 478 ground yards and 10 TDs on 126 carries in 2006 ... Also picked off five passes during junior year ... Rushed for 437 yards and passed for 658 more during first varsity season in 2005 (as a sophomore) ... Led Monarchs to three conference semifinal appearances ... Picked up a total of 10 varsity letters (three football, three baseball, four track) ... Rated among scout.com's top 40 wide receivers in the state and top 200 nationally ... Stood among North Carolina's top 32 overall recruits according to SuperPrep Magazine ... Earned invitation to play in the 2007 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game ... Also recruited by Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State ... A three-sport performer during prep career at NHS ... Named to the school's prestigious Academic Achievers list.
Personal: Full name is Joseph Womack ... Born November 16, 1989 at Havelock, N.C. (MCAS Cherry Point) ... Son of Joe and Felicia Womack ... Major is information technologies ... Cited ECU's new football facilities as one of the top reasons to sign with Pirate program ... Hobbies include fishing and video games.