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The Bradsher Beat
Friday, August 15, 2008

By Bethany Bradsher

Preseason bonus finally arrives

By Bethany Bradsher
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It’s a portent of football season to diehard Pirate fans, a sigh of relief to the sports information staff and a lifeline to those of us who cover the East Carolina gridiron.

It’s the arrival of the official 2008 East Carolina football media guide.

This 208-page tome is packed to bursting with stats, history, facts and factoids about everything from opposing teams to graduate assistants to redshirt freshmen and athletic office staff.

Comb through it thoroughly and all manner of absorbing details seem to rise from its pages.

Today’s feature: The most fascinating characteristics of ECU football players that have absolutely nothing to do with football.

A Pirate by any other name

Want to really turn some heads when you see players after games or around campus? Then educate yourself on the truth that just because a name is on a roster doesn’t mean that anyone actually uses it.

A number of players have nicknames so indelible that they’re mentioned in the media guide, including Big Kat (DL Antonio Allison), E (DB Emanuel Davis), June (DL Linval Joseph), Koda (DB Dekota Marshall), Zo (LB Lorenzo Osborne), D-Rey (DB Darryl Reynolds), Moss (WR DeMorio Waymon), Cobi (WR Jacobi Jenkins) and Scoota (DB Leonard Paulk).

What I like to do in my spare time

At least two out of three Pirate players list “video games” as their only hobby or one of two. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that; those games can be a great diversion when players not consumed with athletics and football.

But if any of these young men ever decide to make a profile on eharmony or, they might want to take a cue from their teammates who claim more appealing hobbies.

The pre-eminent ECU Renaissance man is DL Zach Slate, who enjoys fishing, cars, drawing, music, bodyboarding and swimming and doesn’t even mention video games.

Other Pirates with diverse interests include LB Matt Thompson (cooking and art), Waymon (working with children), DL Robert Jones (chess), OL Logan Kudlinski (metal music) and DL Chris Atkins (cooking).

Then there’s the prospect for a Pirate Nation musical ensemble, featuring a host of athletes who know as much about tempo and dynamics as they know about dime coverage and blocking. The band would include OL Fred Hicks on vocals, deep snapper Wilson Raynor on drums and the dueling piano talents of defensive ends Leon Best and CJ Wilson on piano.

Accolades and accomplishments

It’s enough to make it to the Division I level in football, but some ECU players have compiled other impressive feats in a myriad of areas.

OL/TE Will Towery represented the state of North Carolina in the 2005 and 2006 National History Day competition and twice won the Senior Group Documentary events for films entitled “Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight” and “Good Evening Vietnam.”

Towery should pair up with OL T.J. Harper, who has directed two short films, including a documentary on the dangers of steroid use.

QB Patrick Pinkney was named Pine Forest (Fayetteville) High School’s Most Outstanding Senior, and LB Melvin Patterson had a 4.2 GPA at Santa Fe HS in Alachua, FL.

There’s more: DL Maurice Mercer was class president in both middle school and high school; LB Steve Spence was the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at his high school; QB Rob Kass logged more than 400 hours of community service while a teenager in Central Florida; TE J.R. Kraemer was an Eagle Scout, and WR Alex Taylor, who lived in Germany for his freshman and sophomore years, earned All-Europe honors for running.

Random, but absorbing

Finally a few tidbits that make these the guys you try to sit next to at a dinner party.

— DL Kwaku Danso is from Kumasi, Ghana where he attended Opoku Ware High School.

— WR Dwayne Harris says that he would love to go back in history and spend one day with Jackie Robinson.

— Raynor is a special education major, and his father Rhett is an NCAA Division I baseball umpire.

— Reynolds is a family community services major, which is appropriate because he has 13 siblings.

— Paulk spent one summer working as a recreational aide at the Boys and Girls Club in Columbia.

— TE Willie Smith was the first ever Division I signee in the 40-year history of his high school, North Johnston High in Kenly.

Returning to this space soon: Stats and depth charts. For now, a few new dimensions to the names on the jersey backs.

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