BYH ECU Trustees. Of course you were not told about the lawsuit against Vidant. Harry Smith and Bill Roper control it...

Snead described as efficient, hard-working


East Carolina's Tyler Snead heads to the end zone for a touchdown against Connecticut on Nov. 17, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

It is a question to which only people deeply rooted in the East Carolina football program can provide the best answers: Who is Tyler Snead?

“Obviously he is not the biggest kid, but he is going to work hard,” ECU starting quarterback Holton Ahlers said.

Snead is a Pirate freshman receiver listed at 5-foot-7 and 166 pounds. He joined the Pirates as a walk-on during preseason camp but didn’t see the field for the first half of the season.

That changed a few weeks ago, but even when starting lineups were announced before last Saturday’s game against Connecticut at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, there was no picture of Snead displayed on the video board.

The undersized slot receiver then caught three touchdown passes from Ahlers in a 55-21 win. He earned a scholarship Monday.

“He’s become that great player that nobody knows of,” leading receiver Trevon Brown said. “It doesn’t surprise me a bit, just because of how much he comes out here and practices. He was on scout team and works hard every day and does the little things right.

“He blocks bigger people and he’s a small guy, but it’s just about the heart he has.”

As a freshman who has only played in three games, Snead has not been made available yet for interviews.

The win over UConn stopped ECU’s five-game losing streak. The Pirates (3-7) play at Cincinnati on Friday and close the season Dec. 1 at N.C. State.

Now the question surrounding Snead, who went to Millbrook High in Raleigh, is should he redshirt?

Having already played in three games, being inactive for one of the remaining two contests would allow him to remain within the four-game limit for the season and redshirt so that he can be a redshirt freshman next season.

“You almost have to fight him to have the conversation with him right now about not playing in a game,” head coach Scottie Montgomery said. “I think our freshmen have really rallied around the thought of playing for the seniors. I’m thinking about it always because I know who has played three (games) and played two.

“I’ll lean on Snead and some of his teammates, because he really thinks that he is starting to put together a really good career and doesn’t want to put a stoppage in that. This is about trying to win as many games as we can with our seniors.”

Snead’s debut came after the Pirates’ bye week when his four receptions for 50 yards against Memphis on Nov. 3 included a 13-yard touchdown. Then he had five catches for 124 yards versus Tulane, and against UConn he totaled six receptions for 62 yards and three scores.

He has proved more and more reliable with each passing week.

Ahlers also said Snead’s playmaking ability dates back to early in the season, even though he wasn’t contributing during games at that point.

“It’s been there,” said Ahlers, who himself is an oversized quarterback at 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds. “He’s worked his tail off and I respect guys like that who come out here and work hard every single day. He’s done that since he got here, and it didn’t just happen now.

“He’s been doing it and that connection has been there really with all the quarterbacks.”

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


May 24, 2019

Wichita State upset top-seeded East Carolina during the first day of the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament, and it was the Shockers again on Friday who convincingly ended the Pirates’ stay in Clearwater, Fla., for the AAC tourney.

Wichita, the No. 8 seed that needed to win on…


May 22, 2019

With its record-breaking pitching ace on the mound, East Carolina’s baseball team got back on track Wednesday at the American Athletic Conference tournament to set up an off day.

Top-seeded ECU cruised in an elimination game on Wednesday afternoon, defeating No. 5 seed Houston 13-2 to…


May 21, 2019

The shocker on the first day of the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament was pulled off by the Shockers.

No. 8 seed Wichita State upset AAC regular season champion East Carolina, 6-2, on Tuesday afternoon in Clearwater, Fla., meaning the favored Pirates now need to win five games in…


May 20, 2019

As expected, East Carolina baseball’s record-breaking season was officially recognized by the American Athletic Conference on Monday.

Jake Agnos earned the AAC pitcher of the year award, just four days after he set a new league single-season record for strikeouts with 124 in 83.0 innings this…


May 20, 2019

East Carolina needs a new women’s golf coach, which is an unfamiliar position for the Pirates.

Kevin Williams, who started the ECU program in the fall of 2000, officially resigned Monday to join Kalen Anderson’s staff at South Carolina as an assistant coach.

During his two-tenure, 17-…


May 20, 2019

East Carolina announced program-record grade point averages in football and men’s basketball for the spring semester, one week after those teams were close to the cut line for NCAA administered penalties because of their multi-year academic progress rate scores released by the NCAA from 2017…


May 18, 2019

East Carolina lost its final regular season baseball game of this season, yet some fans stuck around at sunny and steamy Clark-LeClair Stadium after Memphis’ 10-9 victory on Saturday afternoon to see the Pirates collect their trophies and to show appreciation for what ECU accomplished…


May 17, 2019

East Carolina spent the last few months proving its worth as the best baseball team in the American Athletic Conference.

On Friday night, seventh-ranked ECU succeeded in its chance to put another historical stamp on its campaign.

The Pirates defeated Memphis, 5-3, at Clark-LeClair Stadium, giving…


May 16, 2019

In what will be celebrated this weekend as a historic regular season for East Carolina baseball, Jake Agnos was at the forefront and dominant Thursday at Clark-LeClair Stadium despite the game’s final score later ballooning to 19-10. 

ECU’s left-handed junior pitcher vaulted up ECU…


May 16, 2019

East Carolina is set to send eight athletes to the track and field NCAA East preliminary meet, scheduled for May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Senior Grace Sullivan, the school-record holder in the steeplechase, enters the regional with a No. 12 ranking. She ran her season-best time of 10 minutes, 12.…

239 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 24
        Next Page»   Last Page»