|44 Zeek Bigger|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
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Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
A former special teams stalwart who has rapidly developed into a conference honors candidate as ECU's starting "mike" linebacker in just two seasons ... A Preseason All-American Athletic Conference (second-team) choice by Athlon Sports ... Has recorded multiple stops in 17 of 26 career games and tallied at least five tackles on 11 occasions heading into his junior campaign ... Possesses plenty of quickness, a level of tenacity and a high defensive IQ according to the coaching staff ... Booked a pair of stops in the first spring scrimmage (March 31) before adding three more a week later during the second intra-squad tilt ... Has recorded lifts of 370 pounds (bench press), 525 (back squat) and 308 (power clean) during ECU's spring strength and conditioning testing ... Also owns one of the unit's top broad jumps (9'1.25") and pro shuttle times (4.08).
2013: Earned All-Conference USA accolades (honorable mention) for efforts as a sophomore ... Played in all 13 games and made 10 starts at inside linebacker ... Opened first collegiate contest against Virginia Tech and matched a career-high with nine tackles (one solo) while also adding a pass breakup ... Stood third on the squad with 77 tackles (38 solo) and five pass breakups ... In addition, was credited with 4.5 TFLs (-7 yards), 1. 5 sacks and one interception ... Fifty-one (51) of 77 stops came on running plays, which ranked third among all defenders ... Intercepted first career pass against Tulsa and added a 29-yard return in the second quarter with 1:25 remaining and the Pirates holding a slim 14-10 lead ... Registered multiple tackles in last 12 games (10 of 12 with five or more) ... Credited with half a sack (first of career) in the second quarter vs. Florida Atlantic, dropping Jaquez Johnson for a two-yard loss (one of six Pirate sacks in the contest) ... Booked solo sack in the third quarter at Tulane ... Added TFLs against North Carolina (1.0), Tulsa (0.5), NC State (0.5) and Marshall (1.0) ... Credited with a career-best two pass breakups at Middle Tennessee ... Had additional batted passes against FAU, Virginia Tech and Tulsa ... Tied for the team lead in tackles on four occasions (FAU/9, TLN/7, UAB/8, NCSU/7) ... Ranked among the C-USA top 25 tacklers ... Averaged nearly seven stops per game in his last five outings ... Closed year with six hits (four solo) vs. Ohio during the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl at Tropicana Field ... Key member of a defensive unit that held six of 12 opponents to 100 or less rushing yards and 17 or fewer points.
2012: Played in all 13 games as a member of the special teams unit as a redshirt freshman ... Topped the Pirates with 18 special teams stops (15/KO, 3/punt) ... Half (9) of 18 tackles were solo hits ... Booked a season-high five tackles (4 solo) against UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ... Also tallied three stops on three occasions (ASU, UAB, UH) ... Tallied multiple hits in five contests ... Made collegiate debut against Appalachian State, booking three tackles (solo) ... Returned one kickoff for three yards at South Carolina in the first quarter ... Fourteen of 18 stops came in the last six games (four multi-tackle outings).
2011: Redshirted and served as a member of the scout team during his initial year in the ECU program ... Inked with Ruffin McNeill and the Pirates during the traditional February signing period.
High School: A two-year starter and All-Big South 3A Conference selection for the Green Wave after transferring from Forestview High School prior to junior campaign ... Played both ways as a senior, adding running back duties to linebacker role ... Tallied 93 tackles, six for a loss, one sack and one interception during final year ... Offensively as a senior, rushed for 498 yards and five touchdowns ... Scored a TD on offense and tied for the team lead with six tackles in guiding Green Wave to first victory of 2010 season against Crest ... Named the Gaston Gazette Defensive Player-of-the-Week following Crest heroics ... Guided Ashbrook to four victories in year's final seven contests ... Paced the team with eight tackles in last game of the season, a 3AA playoff defeat in a rematch versus Crest ... Named the team's offensive skill player-of-the-year following final season ... Booked 101 tackles, including five for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and picked off a pass during breakout junior season ... On the Forestview varsity unit both seasons prior to transferring ... Noted for run-stopping ability ... Rated as the 96th best outside linebacker in the nation according to ESPN.com ... Also listed on the 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List ... One of 400 national nominees for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl prior to senior season... Played basketball at Ashbrook and Forestview ... Named to the Honorable Mention All-Gaston Gazette basketball team as a junior, when he was the Green Wave's leading scorer and rebounder ... Also selected as the basketball team's most valuable player and defensive player-of-the-year.
Personal: Full name is Ezekiel Eugene Bigger but prefers to go by Zeek ... Born November 6, 1992 at Gastonia, N.C. ... Enjoys singing, playing basketball and video games ... A family & community services major who earned ECU Honor Roll status for work in the classroom during the 2013 spring and fall semesters.