|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.