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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – National recognition Wednesday for a few ECU football players. Ryan Jones and Holton Ahlers named to Reese’s Senior Bowl watch list. Ahlers also landed on Johnny Unitas’ golden arm watch list. But on the defensive side, locals might need to recognize one of the safeties. His name is Gerard Stringer. It’s a pretty impressive story.

“I’m as happy with him and his growth as anyone in the program,” says ECU head coach Mike Houston. “The first year, I didn’t know if he would be there after a year. Maturity level he was not quite there. He needed to grow up. »

It was a trip for ECU security Gerard Stringer.

“Off the pitch you meet him and he’s just a nice guy, smiling. On the pitch he’s a different guy. I really like who he is on the pitch, he flies everywhere,” says the coordinator ECU defensive end Blake Harrell, “He makes us so versatile. Just really proud of how badass he’s become.”

He had to battle serious injuries. From an Achilles in 2020 to a concussion for much of last fall.

“He had to come back from his Achilles last year. And when he came back, he was out the first two games with a concussion,” says ECU safety Jireh Wilson, “I’m just proud of the way he bounced back. I expected that. I don’t think a lot of people have done that.

“As much as I hate that he missed the 2020 season, this might be the best thing that ever happened to him,” Houston says, “When something is taken away from you, you understand how important it is. for you.”

“I feel 100%. I walk into the training room, I stretch,” says Gerard Stringer, ECU security, “After practices, after practice, I stretch, I do whatever I need to for my achilles.

Positive changes over the years, but one thing has stayed with him… his family. That’s why he will wear number 7 this fall.

“My brother passed away in 2014 so he wore number 7 in high school, my dad’s grandmother died when he was seven, it’s always been that number for me,” Stringer explains, “My dad has always wanted me to wear it. I didn’t want to wear it. I was always afraid of number 7 because everything happened with number 7. But I just decided to embrace it. We are talking about it here about what is our why. This is my why number 7.

Seven on the back to keep the defense back this season.

“I see him as one of our leaders,” Houston says, “I see him as a positive role model for young people.”

“Being that leader for the young guys, making sure they set a good example,” Stringer says, “Setting them that good example so they can follow my lead and be what we need to be for this team. .”

Definitely a guy to stick to.

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