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East Carolina senior TE Bryce Williams "should be a nice project player worth a look late in the draft," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Despite checking in at a hulking 6-foot-6, 258 pounds, Williams played fullback each of the past two years. He did a stellar job both times, earning honorable mention all-conference accolades in 2013 and second-team recognition last year. Williams now moves to tight end, where he'll be a difficult size matchup for linebackers. He recorded 18 receptions for 237 yards and four touchdowns last year.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 9:13 PM

ECU redshirt sophomore Kurt Benkert will miss the 2015 season due to a knee injury.

Benkert started feeling something in his knee after practice on Tuesday. He was reevaluated on Wednesday and it was determined that the knee injury was severe enough that the 6-foot-3, 225-pound redshirt sophomore would have to miss the 2015 season. No details have been given as to the extent of the injury or how, exactly, it occurred. The setback comes a week after Benkert was named the team's starting quarterback. Either junior college transfer Blake Kemp or junior Cody Keith will now assume the role for the team's September 5 opener against Towson.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 3:37 PM

East Carolina senior T Isaac "Ike" Harris III must improve his food speed in order to make it in the pros, believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

As a second-year LT starter in 2014, Harris earned second team All-AAC honors. "Harris is a fair athlete who is difficult to beat in pass pro on the first move, and he'll get after his man (and others in his way) in the run game," Reuter wrote. "Recovery speed has been an issue, however; moving his feet throughout plays consistently to adjust on the fly during his senior year will give scouts a reason to believe he can be an NFL contributor." Harris is the son of a former 12th-round Seahawks draft pick.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 22 - 8:23 PM

ECU redshirt sophomore Kurt Benkert has been named the school's starting QB.

He takes over for the departed Shane Carden. Benkert has only seen limited game action, completing 8 of 10 passes for 58 yards. The ECU offense will look quite different with Carden, Justin Hardy and Cam Worthy.
Aug 20 - 9:59 AM

East Carolina senior LB Montese Overton earns the No. 14 spot on Fox Sports' Bruce Feldmans' Top 25 "Freaks" in college football.

"Ruffin McNeill has been a college coach for 30 years, working everywhere from Clemson to ECU to Fresno State to Texas Tech. But he said he's been around one only linebacker who was faster than the 6-3, 221-pound Overton, and that was when he coached at Appalachian State and had Dexter Coakley. But McNeill said Overton is close," Feldman wrote. The ECU linebacker recorded 68 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, 3 sacks, while averaging 5.2 tackles per game in 2014. Overton has been clocked at 4.31 in the 40, while Feldman adds that Overton's "3.97 shuttle time would've topped the fastest turned in by any linebacker at the NFL Combine in 2015."
Source: FOX Sports
Aug 14 - 5:26 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter predicts East Carolina senior CB Josh Hawkins will go from a former walk-on to "first-team all-conference pick as a senior, then hear his name called during the 2016 NFL draft.

"His five interceptions and 11 pass breakups showed off his outstanding athleticism and tenacity in coverage (even if he gives up size and strength to larger receivers), but Hawkins' toughness also shows in his ability to play the run," Reuter wrote. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound had a great first season as a starter after spending a few years as a part-timer and nickelback.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 11:07 PM

East Carolina senior ILB Zeek Bigger "is a solid tackler and uses his athleticism in coverage, as well," believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"His last name is a bit of a misnomer in terms of size, but it is apt in terms of his talent," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound second-team All-AAC pick had 140 tackles last season, including 3.5 for loss, two interceptions and four pass breakups. "Bigger is a cinch to be a special-teams stalwart at the next level, but don't be surprised if he earns playing time on defense in the right kind of system," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 7 - 11:27 PM

Former Minnesota and Rutgers QB Philip Nelson will walk on at ECU

Nelson has jumped from school to school, and was even said to transfer to South Alabama this offseason. He was a part of the Pirates' first practice. ECU is looking to replace productive college quarterback Shane Carden.
Aug 7 - 12:57 PM

ECU redshirt sophomore G Larry Williams, an expected starter for 2015, was dismissed for a violation of team rules.

He started 13 games last season and was penciled in as the first team right guard. The massive interior offensive lineman was apparently a good athlete, and last season his coaches said "physically, he’s the best we have."
Jul 29 - 9:16 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades East Carolina linebacker Montese Overton as a Rd. 7 prospect and Zeek Bigger as a UDFA.

The analyst added that "upward movement on draft boards is possible" for both prospects depending on their performances this year. "Overton is the better athlete while Bigger’s the better football player," Pauline wrote. "Both are size deficient."
Jun 27 - 6:41 PM

East Carolina senior TE Bryce Williams is "a tough, dependable pass catcher and a prospect who could catch fire with a good senior season," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline noted.

"Keep an eye on tight end Bryce Williams. He’s a tough, dependable pass catcher and a prospect who could catch fire with a good senior season followed up by solid workouts in the lead up to April’s draft," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-6, 258-pound Williams recorded 18 receptions for 237 yards, with 4 touchdowns last season. With Shane Carden off to the NFL, Williams could be a favorite target of inexperienced sophomore QB Kurt Benkert.
Jun 25 - 3:24 PM

Ravens signed East Carolina WR Cam Worthy to a three-year contract.

Worthy (6'2/211) bookended Justin Hardy at ECU, amassing 74 catches for 1,311 yards (17.7 YPR) and six TDs in two seasons after transferring from JUCO. Worthy's special teams experience gives him a good shot at landing a roster spot, and plus athleticism makes him an intriguing long-term prospect.
May 6 - 8:21 PM

Former Minnesota and Rutgers QB Philip Nelson will transfer to South Alabama.

Nelson was dismissed from Rutgers last May for his involvement in a fight. The quarterback apparently still has two seasons of eligibility remaining and is allowed to play immediately. Nelson's father said the quarterback was looking for a more pass oriented offense.
May 5 - 11:09 AM

Bears signed ECU QB Shane Carden.

Carden (6'2/218) was named the American Conference's Offensive POY by the league's coaches as a senior after completing 66.6 percent of his collegiate passes with an 86:30 TD-to-INT ratio. A scrambling threat at ECU, Carden added 24 rushing TDs, but has 4.94 speed and isn't a true dual threat. A weak-armed but tough prospect who will likely spend his NFL career holding a clipboard, Carden has been compared to Bruce Gradkowski by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
May 3 - 7:39 PM

Falcons selected ECU WR Justin Hardy with the No. 107 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Hardy (5'10/192) originally walked on at ECU, yet went on to break Ryan Broyles' record for most receptions in NCAA history (387), parlaying them into 4,541 yards (11.7 YPR) and 35 TDs. A pedestrian athlete, Hardy ran 4.56 at the Combine with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump. He does have big hands (10") and an excellent three-cone time (6.63). A quicker-than-fast chain mover, Hardy projects as a slot receiver only in the pros. He doesn't have the skill set to win on the perimeter.
May 2 - 12:33 PM


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