|40 Worth Gregory|
Will make his much-anticipated Pirate debut this fall after transferring to East Carolina from national champion Alabama ... A highly-decorated punter who is expected to provide a significant impact to ECU's special teams unit ... Punt sessions during practice quickly became a popular event for observers because of above-average leg strength, extraordinary hang time and tight ball rotation ... Will open first active season on ECU roster firmly entrenched as the program's No. 1 punter ... Expected to also serve as a holder on all field goal and extra-point attempts ... Averaged nearly 50 yards per boot (48.5) during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 to wrap-up spring drills ... Also turned in a record-setting performance during spring strength and conditioning testing by establishing 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) and added a lift of 320 pounds in the back squat.
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 ... 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 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.