|40 Worth Gregory|
Sophomore Leads The American Conference With A 46.0 Punting Average
Made much-anticipated Pirate debut in 2014 after transferring to East Carolina (from Alabama) and met many lofty expectations … A highly-decorated athlete who should again provide a significant impact to ECU’s special teams unit … Is firmly entrenched as the program’s No. 1 punter … Expected to also serve as a holder on all field goal and extra-point attempts, similar to sophomore campaign … Averaged over 50 yards per boot (50.5) during the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 to wrap-up spring drills … Also continues to turn in record-setting performances while in strength and conditioning program … Established a new positional standard in the vertical jump with an effort of 33” … In addition, tops all kicking personnel with a broad jump of 9’6” … Posted the second quickest 40 time (4.8) and added a lift of 320 pounds in the back squat.
2014: Appeared in all 13 games as the Pirates’ top punter ... Stood 23rd nationally and second in the American Athletic Conference with a 43.6 punting average ... Punted 49 times for 2,136 yards ... Had 13 boots for 50-plus yards with a career-long 63-yarder against N.C. Central (second quarter) in the season opener … Placed 19 balls inside the 20-yard line, had seven touchbacks while another 10 were handled via fair catch ... Also served as holder on all 59 Pirate point-after-attempts and 24 field goal attempts ... Had three punts for 60 or more yards (63/N.C. Central, 60/Virginia Tech, 61/Tulsa) ... Drilled at least one punt 50 or more yards in nine of 13 contests … All four punts against Tulane were downed inside the 20-yard line (a career-best) ... Punted two or less times on five occasions (one punt at South Carolina, two each vs. N.C. Central, North Carolina, SMU and Tulsa) ... Established career-highs with eight punts for 377 yards (three for 50-plus) at No. 17 Virginia Tech ... Also tallied one tackle (assist) against the Hokies … Amassed 150 or more punt yards five times ... Averaged over 50 yards per punt in a game on three occasions (51.5/N.C. Central, 52.0/South Carolina, 55.5/Tulsa) … Averaged under 40 yards per punt (in a game) only twice – 39.0/Cincinnati, 36.2/Tulane ... Had at least one punt downed inside the 20-yard line in eight-straight contests to close out the season … Has six boots (44.5 ypp) against Florida in the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field … Suffered only one block (at Tulsa during first quarter action) … Named special teams game captain at Temple … A Midseason Second-Team All-America selection by SI.com ... Added to the Ray Guy Award Watch List (nation’s top collegiate punter) on Oct. 31.
2013: Enrolled at ECU and officially joined Pirate program prior to the season, but sat out fall campaign in compliance with NCAA transfer rules … Also considered Maryland and North Carolina as transfer options before deciding to relocate to Greenville.
2012: Opened collegiate career at Southeastern Conference member Alabama and earned roster position as a preferred walk-on for coach Nick Saban … Was redshirted, but did contribute on scout team to earn both a BCS National Championship and SEC title ring … Had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama during the Tide’s national championship ceremony at the White House.
High School: Earned three football letters for coach Ed Susi at Fort Mill High School … A five-star performer (Kohls/NCS) who was rated as the No. 1 punter in South Carolina and No. 7 nationally by Chris Sailer Kicking … Averaged 40 yards per punt (30 attempts) as a senior in 2011 … Dropped 14 boots inside the 20-yard line and six inside the 10 … Recorded five kicks that reached 50 yards or more (long of 59) … As a junior, averaged 37.5 yards per punt (37 boots) with 10 landing inside the 20-yard line … Played key role for unit that surrendered just 1.4 yards-per-return … Played wide receiver and safety as a sophomore, earning a starting job at the former position … Also lettered twice as a basketball forward.
Personal: Full name is Thomas Worthington Gregory, but prefers to go by Worth … Born August 3, 1993 at Fort Mill, S.C. … Son of Tom and Jeanne Gregory … A marketing major (in ECU’s marketing and supply chain management program), who earned Dean’s List inclusion for classroom work in the 2013 fall semester and 2015 spring semester … Also selected to ECU’s Honor Roll (2014 fall semester) … Member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity … Hobbies include basketball and snowboarding … Joins offensive lineman J.T. Boyd (Nation Ford HS) as Fort Mill products on the ECU roster … Teamed with placekicker Davis Plowman and former snapper Charlie Coggins to produce a simulated “blind-folded” successful field goal from the ECU practice complex which earned inclusion on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day during the spring of 2014.