Pirate Audibles, Part 1 - Brad Wornick
April 3, 2012
In a four-part series, staff writer Sam Hickman takes an up-close and personal look at a quartet of Pirates competing for the starting quarterback position this spring. The players will be featured on Tuesdays and Thursdays in order based on class eligibility, starting with senior Brad Wornick.
GREENVILLE, N. C. - Brad Wornick continues his remarkable rise from a relative scout team unknown to a potential starting quarterback. After spending the early stages of his Pirate career preparing the ECU defense for its upcoming opponent, the Charlotte native rose to No. 2 on the depth chart and served as Dominique Davis' top backup in 2010.
Although his time behind center was limited during the first year of the Ruffin McNeill era, Wornick performed admirably when called upon by completing 13-of-19 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in five appearances. The former walk-on spelled Davis in the fourth quarter of the Military Bowl against Maryland and tossed his first career scoring strike - a 14-yarder to Justin Jones.
Wornick did not experience game action in 2011, but the aforementioned competition for the top quarterback duties have re-intensified following Davis' departure and into spring camp.
SH: You began your career as a walk-on and four years later find yourself once again competing for the starting quarterback job. Could you describe your experience at East Carolina and the increased roles you've had each season?
BW:"You know, coming in as a walk-on and being a scout team guy, I never really get an opportunity to learn the offense and run the offense so I always felt behind. Once Coach Riley came in with the brand new offense, we sat down for those first few weeks and went over the playbook. We didn't do anything on the field, just stayed inside and made sure we knew the playbook. I started to learn things then. I learned it pretty well and the first spring (2010), I got the opportunity to prove myself for the first time and I feel like I made the most of it."
SH: You went from the scout team signal-caller to the top reserve in 2010. Dominique Davis went down with an injury in a road contest at UAB and you're inserted into the lineup in a critical conference game. How did you handle your emotions?
SH: Can you talk about the benefits of playing behind a record-breaking quarterback like Davis for two years?
SH: Could you address some of the strengths in your game as well as areas you are seeking to improve upon?
SH: What are your expectations and goals for the remainder of the spring period as we approach the 2012 campaign?
Extra Points with Brad Wornick