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Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
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Remains one of the Pirates' top versatile offensive contributors who has the capability and experience to play three different positions ... Will open his senior campaign listed on the "situational" two-deep as a tight end in ECU's "big" package, but could also lineup at the Y (inside) receiver, or perhaps more consistently, as a blocking/short-yardage back in the Pirates' goal line and/or short-yardage alignment ... Could also be a contributor on various special teams units for a fourth-straight season ... Offers Pirate passers a sizeable target in the middle of the field for situational roles and possesses the toughness and ability to secure grabs in traffic and gain added yards after significant contact ...One of the more affable and unselfish players in the ECU program, often requested for community relations appearances with popularity among media members ... Had one catch for 12 yards and three carries for eight more in the spring's first scrimmage on April 6 ... Followed with a game-high 35 ground yards and a touchdown (27-yarder) on four carries a week later ... Wrapped up spring work with a four-carry, five-yard effort during the Purple-Gold Game on April 20 ... Currently holds the all-time strength and conditioning position (tight end) record with a back squat of 525 pounds ... Other testing notables were a 370-pound bench press, a vertical jump of 30" and a broad jump of 105".
2012: Experienced action in all 13 games as a junior ... Recorded a pair of starts at fullback (Appalachian State, UCF) and three at tight end (Houston, Tulane and Marshall) in ECU's "stacked line" package ... Hauled down three passes for 27 yards (9.0 ypc) with catches vs. ASU (12 yards), UCF (10) and UL-Lafayette (5) in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ... Recorded a pair of rush attempts in back-to-back games at UAB and against Navy ... Contributed blocking efforts that produced five 100-yard rushing performances and four 300-yard passing contests by Shane Carden ... Helped ECU rack up 550-or more yards of total offense on three occasions (600/UAB, 550/UH, 555/MAR).
2011: Served as the offensive unit's top multi-purpose performer, lining up as a running back, fullback, tight end and inside receiver throughout the course of the season ... Forced to move to the backfield prior to the UTEP contest due to numerous injuries among ECU's running back corps ... Appeared in all 12 games and earned first five starts of career against UAB, Houston, Memphis, Navy and UCF ... Totaled 17 rushing attempts for 50 yards and caught one pass for 16 yards ... Gained 4.5 yards per carry on fourth down, converting both attempts into firsts ... Averaged 3.6 yards per first-down carry ... Did not record any statistics until Tulane contest ... Made first career reception in the opening quarter against the Green Wave, hauling in a 16-yard grab to give the Pirates a first-and-goal at the eight ... Started at running back against UCF and totaled a career-high 11 carries for 28 yards ... Tallied a personal-long nine-yard dash in the opening frame versus the Knights ... Picked up a key first down for East Carolina in the third quarter against UCF, gaining two yards on a fourth-and-one carry ... On eight first-down carries against UCF, averaged 4.0 yards per attempt ... Recorded first career carry (four yards) out of a fullback set in the third quarter at UTEP.
2010: A reserve receiver who played in all 13 games as a member of the special teams ... Did not catch any passes, but returned a pair of kickoffs for 17 yards during the season opener versus Tulsa.
2009: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with the program in February ... Served as a valuable member of the offensive scout team.
High School: Helped play a key role in building the foundation of a new Ardrey Kell program during junior and senior seasons ... In all, earned three letters but led Knights to an 8-5 record and a second-round playoff appearance in 2007 after a one-win campaign a season earlier ... Recorded 26 catches for 308 yards as a junior and was selected to the all-conference unit and All-Charlotte Observer squad ... Also credited with 18 pancake blocks in 2007 for coach Marty Woolbright ... Suffered injury midway through senior year which limited production to seven receptions and 89 yards ... Chosen as team captain ... Also served as a starting defensive tackle as a junior and senior ... Opened prep varsity career with a seven-catch, 150-yard performance as a sophomore ... Among the top 100 tight ends according to ESPN.com ... Prep teammate of former ECU quarterback Brad Wornick ... Picked up three additional letters as an outfielder on Knights' baseball team, leading club to a regional title and state championship appearance in 2008 ... Earned All-Mecklenburg County honors on the diamond.
Personal: Full name is Anthony Alessandro Pasut, but goes by Zico ... Born November 1, 1990 at Charlotte, N.C. ... Son of Holly Pasut ... Earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice during ECU's 2013 Spring Commencement Exercises ... Spent the spring interning with a Greenville-based attorney's office before graduation ... Currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree in information technologies