ECU’s Rob Kass talks to Gary Bryant on The Drive

        The Drive's first ever "Pirate Week" was quite a succes. Featuring 13 ECU players as well as Skip Holtz and Offensive coordinator Steve Shankweiler.  Co- host Gary Bryant had a chance to sit with senior Rob Kass as we discovered the Pirate QB would not be a QB , but rather a tight end.
  #14 Rob Kass  Bio   courtesy 2009 ecu media guide

An affable and polished veteran quarterback who will embark on his final collegiate season competing to regain his status at the top of the depth chart … Wrapped up `09 spring drills as the officially-designated backup to Patrick Pinkney but experience and competitive nature could change the Pirates' offensive landscape as the season progresses … Prior to serving as a defined reserve during his junior campaign, he teamed with Pinkney to give East Carolina one of the strongest rotating quarterbacking systems in the nation two years ago … Gives ECU a physical quarterback prototype in regards to size, quickness and arm strength … Professional demeanor, team-first attitude, agility and work ethic, which resulted in the loss of approximately 20 pounds during the off-season, also won't rule out the possibility of a position change in order to force action on the field … Has experienced both the positives and negatives of playing on a grand stage – overcoming the adversity of a team rule violation prior to the nationally-televised opener at Virginia Tech but displaying the resolve and maturity to face teammates and work his way back up the depth chart to guide ECU to pivotal C-USA victories over UTEP and UCF before engineering a game-winning drive against Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl … Completed 10-of-17 passes for 84 yards in first spring scrimmage (4/4) before hitting 13-of-18 passes for 97 yards in second simulated contest (4/8) … Did not play in the Purple-Gold Game (bereavement leave) … Cited by position coach Todd Fitch as the unit's recipient of the "distinction of attitude, effort and leadership" award … Completed requirements for a bachelor's degree in communications last fall and participated in graduation ceremonies in December.

2008: Completed 25-of-54 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns as a top backup during junior season … Played in eight games, coming off the bench on seven occasions and making one start (at UCF) … Tossed both scoring passes against Memphis (42-yarder to Brandon Simmons, 28-yarder to Dwayne Harris) during Pirates' 30-10 victory that halted a three-game slide – the third multi-TD outing of career … Also turned in top effort of year against Tigers, completing nine-of-17 passes for a season-high 167 yards – his only triple-digit aerial performance of the season … Was seven-of-19 for 65 yards a week later in start vs. Knights in Orlando … Suffered two interceptions (2) vs. Houston and UCF … Contributed nine rushes for -2 yards … Booked a career-best 20-yard ground gain (one carry) vs. UTEP in regular season finale … Had a season-high four carries at UCF … Completed only pass attempt vs. West Virginia (seven yards) … Opened the second half under center vs. Houston, completing five-of-eight passes for 49 yards – 41 coming on a strike to Harris in the third quarter … Engineered march that resulted in a game-winning touchdown with 2:20 remaining vs. UAB that clinched the Pirates' first C-USA East Division title … Connected with Norman Whitley on a pivotal 17-yard pass near midfield to sustain drive against Blazers.

2007: Started seven of 10 games played at quarterback … Earned starting nod heading into the 2007 season but was suspended for the opener (team rule violation) … Recorded first career start under center against UCF (10/6) and followed by opening contests against UTEP, N.C. State, UAB, Memphis, Marshall and Tulane… Overall, completed 96-of-175 passes for 1,164 yards, nine TDs and just four interceptions … Completed 28-of-50 passes for 254 yards (all career-highs) vs. N.C. State … Threw for at least 200 yards in three games (UCF/201, UTEP/219 and N.C. State/254) – all coming in successive fashion in early-to-mid October … Had at least one TD pass in five contests (Houston, UCF, UTEP, N.C. State and Tulane) … Tossed three TDs in a game twice – vs. Knights and Green Wave … Experienced first action of the season in the fourth quarter at West Virginia (2-of-3 passing for 11 yards) … Helped spark the Pirates past Houston a week later, playing the entire second half and completing 6-of-12 passes for 110 yards and one TD … Scoring strike (34-yarder to T. J. Lee in the third quarter) was the first of his career … Was 12-of-23 for 201 yards and three TDs in first start vs. UCF … Completed a career-long pass of 72 yards to Chris Johnson for a score against the Knights … Scored game-winning touchdown in overtime on a one-yard run at UTEP after completing 18-of-32 passes for a then career-high 219 yards with one TD … Game-long strike of 34 yards to Juwon Crowell at the close of regulation sent the game into overtime at the Sun Bowl … Followed with a career-best performance vs. N.C. State, which included finding Jamar Bryant on an 18-yard TD toss in the second quarter … Other regular season effort of note came against Tulane … 12-of-18 passes found receivers for 177 yards and three scores (six, 25 and 33 yards) vs. Green Wave … Came off the bench against Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl to engineer Pirates' game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter, finding Jamar Bryant on a critical third-and-eight play to set up Ben Hartman's deciding field goal.

2006: Quickly established himself as the top back-up behind record-setting quarterback James Pinkney … However, was able to experience significant playing time in five games (West Virginia, SMU, UCF, Marshall and South Florida), completing 14-of-30 passes for 184 yards with one interception (West Virginia) … Rushed the ball seven times for -23 yards … Closed year in fine statistical fashion, topping all ECU and USF quarterbacks with 138 air yards (10-of-19) vs. the Bulls in the Bowl … Hit first throw of the game for 26 yards to Brandon Fractious before adding a then career-long pass of 29 yards to Bobby Good in the fourth quarter … Made collegiate debut in the fourth quarter against the No. 4 Mountaineers at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium … Completed two-of-seven passes for 29 yards with one interception vs. Mountaineers … Connected on a 25-yard pass play with Jamar Bryant and also completed a four-yard toss … Ran the ball twice for ten yards, including a seven-yard scamper down the right sideline … Completed lone pass of the game vs. SMU in the first quarter to Aundrae Allison for 11 yards … Completed other regular season pass vs. Marshall (six yards).

2005: Redshirted … Provided program with an exemplary effort as the top scout team signal-caller, earning the annual Rick Bankston Memorial Award (symbolic of scout team player-of-the-year honors) … Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2005.

High School: A three-year starter and four-year letterwinner as a quarterback for two different programs in the Orlando (Fla.) area … Opened career at Lake Mary High School before transferring to Lake Highland Preparatory High School prior to his senior season … Led Lake Mary to the Class AAAAA Florida State Playoff semifinals as a junior before guiding Lake Highland to the Class AAAAAA semis as a senior in 2004 … Earned FHSAA Player-of-the-Year honors in the 2A-2B classification after his senior year … Completed 55-of-100 (55.0 percent) passes for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns for Lake Highland in 2004 while also adding 300 rushing yards … Compiled 1,340 passing yards and nine TDs as a junior at Lake Mary … Served as captain of the East Team in the Florida East-West All-Star Classic played in December, 2004 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa … Selected as the MVP of the East squad, completing 17-of-21 passes for 251 yard and four touchdowns … Turned in a 55.4 completion percentage during his prep career … In all, completed 191-of-345 passes for 4,639 yards and 39 TDs … Averaged over eight yards per rushing attempt, picking up 569 ground yards and seven scores … Committed just 13 turnovers during his four-year career which spanned over 1,300 offensive plays … A three-sport athlete, earning additional letters in basketball and weightlifting during his senior year … A Dean's List and Honor Roll performer in the classroom each semester of high school, maintaining a cumulative 3.10 grade point average all four years … Was exceptionally active in the Central Florida community, earning credit for over 400 hours of volunteer service … Finished prep career at the same high school program as former East Carolina wide receiver Bobby Good.

Personal: Full name is Robert Joseph Kass … Born March 25, 1987… Major is communications … Has quarterback bloodlines as his grandfather served as a signal-caller at Hofstra while father Dave played same position for John Mackovic at Wake Forest before transferring to New Hampshire … In addition, brother Brian signed a national letter-of-intent in February, 2009 to attend and play football (quarterback) at Southern Conference contender Wofford … A strong classroom performer as well, earning selection to the ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll as an undergraduate (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years) … Currently pursuing a master's degree in exercise and sports science with a concentration in sport management.

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