|40 Worth Gregory|
Junior Ranks Fourth on ECU's All-Time Punting Charts With A 43.25 Average
Sophomore Leads The American Conference With A 46.0 Punting Average
A three-time Ray Guy Award Watch List candidate who has already surpassed many lofty expectations since transferring into the Pirate program from Alabama (prior to the 2014 season) … A highly-decorated athlete who should provide a significant and continued 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 and junior campaigns … A Preseason All-American Athletic Conference choice by Athlon Sports (second-team) and Phil Steele Magazine (fourth-team) … Owns a career punting average of 43.3 ypp heading into senior campaign (25 games) … Has delivered 109 boots that covered 4,719 yards, planted 51 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (at least one in 19 contests) and had 13 caught for touchbacks … Recorded 24 punts that traveled 50-plus yards (eight for 60-plus, two for 70-plus) … Selected as the special teams MVP during the spring of 2016 by new coaching staff … Turned 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, topped all kicking personnel with a broad jump of 9’6” … Posted the second quickest 40 time (4.8), was clocked at 7.19 in the three-cone drill and added a lift of 320 pounds in the back squat.
2015: Ranked among the American Athletic Conference’s top punters with a 43.0 average … Recorded 60 punts for 2,583 yards while playing in all 12 contests … Established an ECU single-season record by landing 32 boots inside the 20-yard line, which surpassed the earlier standard of 24 set by Matt Dodge in 2009 … Eleven (11) punts eclipsed the 50-yard mark, including two 70-plus-yarders … Launched a personal-best 73-yard boot vs. USF, which marked the second-longest punt in AAC history (seventh-longest in school history) after nailing 71-yarder in opener vs. Towson (third-longest in the AAC record books) … Also had career-bests in punts (nine) and punt yardage (401) against the Bulls … Of 60 boots, 13 were caught via fair catch and six reached the endzone (touchback) … Enjoyed run of eight-straight drops inside the 20-yard line (three vs. Virginia Tech, four vs. SMU and one at BYU) … Played a key role staving off a Hokies’ comeback bid in the fourth quarter, pinning Virginia Tech back at its own five, four and six-yard lines with three boots in the final 12 minutes of the contest (to subsequently enable a 35-28 ECU win) … Closed year by landing at least two punts inside the 20 in the last nine-straight games, which included a career-best six at UCF … Posted an average of 40.0 yards per punt or higher in 11 of 12 games (38.8 vs. Temple was the only exception) … Turned in top average of 48.2 ypp (four punts) at BYU while also contributing a 47.3 and 45.8 clips against Towson and SMU, respectively … In addition to pair of 70-yarders, surpassed 60 yards on three other punts (68/SMU, 68/Tulsa, 69/Connecticut) … Suffered three blocks (two vs. Temple, one vs. BYU) … Also served as holder on all 43 PATs and 13 FGAs … Recorded first career kickoff (i.e. fair kick) against USF, a 70-yarder which followed a safety … Chosen as the special teams MVP at conclusion of season … Included on initial Ray Guy Award Watch List that was released in July … A three-time game captain (Towson, SMU and UCF).
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 season-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 season-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 … Had 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 … Participated in ECU’s 2016 Spring Commencement Exercises on May 6 after earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing … Was a Dean’s List and Honor Roll student during undergraduate academic career … 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.