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Thursday, August 29, 2013

East Carolina Pirates 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the East Carolina Pirates.

Kicker: Warren Harvey, junior (Greenville, NC / J.H. Rose HS)
Harvey, who earned a sport on the CFPA Placekicker Trophy Watch List, was an All-Conference USA Honorable Mention selection after converting all 50 PATs and 15-of-20 field goal attempts, which included a career-long 54-yarder at Southern Miss. The Greenville, N.C. native made a career-best eight PATs in the season finale against Marshall lifting ECU to a 65-59 double-overtime win. He led the team with 95 points, scored a season-high 12 against Houston (4 PATs, 2 FGs) and ranked among league leaders in PAT percentage (1st), kick scoring (6th), field goal percentage (6th), field goals (t6th) and total scoring (9th).
"In order to have an even brighter second season, Harvey said he’s worked a great deal on the mental aspect of his game. 'I’m really just trying to keep my confidence level up,' Harvey said. 'As a kicker, you have those ups and downs, and you have to be able to maintain that even line where you’re just right in the middle, never too high and never too low. You have to have confidence coming into each individual kick'."
Kicker: Shawn Williams, sophomore (Winston-Salem, NC / North Davidson HS)
Williams added 48 and 27-yard field goals in the second period to round out the scoring.
Kicker: Connor Torruella, feshman (Garner, NC / Garner HS)
Torruella hit several PATs during spring scrimmages this year. His one field goal attempt in the Purple-Gold Game was blocked.
Punter/holder: Trent Tignor, senior (Hoschton, GA / Mill Creek HS)
Tignor was named to the CFPA Punter Trophy Watch List after appearing in 13 games a season ago as the Pirates top punter. The All C-USA honoree logged 65 punts for 2,779 yards (42.8 avg.) with nine touchbacks placing 14 punts inside the opponents 20-yards line and booted 10 balls for 50-plus years with a career-long 65 against Navy. The Hoschton, Ga. native captured C-USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors after his performance at Southern Miss where he delivered a career-best 10 punts for 422 yards (42.2 avg.), placing three kicks inside the 20-yard line (two inside the 10). His 10 attempts against the Golden Eagles were the most for an ECU punter since 2004.
Head Coach Ruffin McNeill: "On punting duties, Trent Tignor and Brendan Rowland will man those. Trent did a fantastic job for us last year as an all-conference selection and one of the top guys in our league."
Trent Tignor recorded three punts - averaging 48.3 yards per kick - while Brendan Rowland booted his only attempt 50 yards.
"Tignor has his sights set on improving on last season’s impressive performance. Prior to fall camp, he spent the summer as an intern with Morgan Stanley, and fortunately, his boss was flexible with hours so he could get out and work on his game. 'I did some snapping with Charlie Coggins, our long snapper,' said Tignor. 'We were able to meet up a few times. I did a lot of work with the Wake Forest long snapper, Logan Feimster, and an old James Madison long snapper. So I was able to branch out and make some new connections through some different schools'.”

Punter: Brendan Rowland, senior (Mission Viejo, CA / Saddleback CC)
"During the off season I have really been focused on strength an conditioning so that when the season comes my leg will be strong and healthy. Besides normal punts I've been focusing on mastering an end over end punt for inside the 20 use."
Long snapper: Charlie Coggins, junior (Albemarle, NC / Albemarle HS)
"Trent and I are each working internships in the Charlotte area, so we have been getting together and really trying to get our consistency and accuracy down to add to my speed. We feel we have a great specialist unit. Last year we downed almost 10 punts inside the 5 yard line. As a unit we want to have all of our pooch punts inside the 15. We also want to play penalty free, as well as make average 45 yards this year in net punt. Trent has amazing hang time and really helps our athletes on the punt team to make the fundamental plays that are crucial to winning football games. We consider ourselves one of the top punt units in the country and would like to prove that on the field this season."
Short snapper/OL: C.J. Struyk, sophomore (Morehead City, NC / West Carteret)
"I've been in summer school and doing weight lifting and conditioning with coach Connors. My goal is to start at center in the fall and start on the field goal team being the short snapper."
Head Coach Ruffin McNeill: "I feel very good about our specialists Charlie Coggins and C.J. Struyk handling the long snapping duties. At this time last year, we were trying to develop this position and those two guys came in and have done it in live action and we feel very confident in those guys, long and short snapping."
Long snapper: Keith Lee, freshman (Wake Forest, NC / Rolesville HS)

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