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Transfers make it official

Transfers make it official

Indiana Duke Pinstripe Bowl

Quarterback Thomas Sirk runs against Indiana during Duke’s 44-41 win over the Hoosiers at the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 26, 2015.


ECU, Staff reports

Friday, May 19, 2017

East Carolina second-year head football coach Scottie Montgomery announced Friday the signing of three transfers to grant-in-aid agreements. Running back Tyshon Dye (Clemson), defensive lineman Gaelin Elmore (Minnesota) and quarterback Thomas Sirk (Duke) will all be eligible immediately and have one year of collegiate competition remaining.

All three had verbally committed to the Pirates this spring.

Sirk is currently enrolled in ECU's first summer semester, while Dye and Elmore are anticipated to arrive on campus June 22 in time for the second term.

Montgomery also announced Friday that defensive lineman Justin Brown, a rising junior and Ayden-Grifton High School product, has left the team for personal reasons.

A former 12-game starter at Duke, Sirk could compete with Gardner Minshew for the Pirates’ starting quarterback position. As part of his injury-riddled time in Durham, Sirk was one of only four quarterbacks nationally at the FBS level in 2015 to post 800-plus rushing yards and 2,500-plus passing yards in the same season.

Minshew, who made two starts last season and is approaching his junior year, left spring workouts as ECU’s top QB.

“I feel Thomas will help this football team in many ways, especially from a maturity and character standpoint,” said Montgomery, a former Duke offensive coordinator. “He knows our system well on the field and we feel confident about merging his skills with what we're trying to do as an entire unit.”

The 5-11, 220-pound Dye, who earned a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation & tourism management from Clemson earlier this month, rushed for 109 yards on 21 carries for the national champion Tigers in 2016. He was once a four-star recruit out of Elbert County (Ga.) Comprehensive High School.

"Tyshon is a big physical back who definitely has home run potential," Montgomery said.

Elmore, a 6-6, 275-pound end and two-time academic All-Big Ten selection totaled 39 tackles and 4.0 sacks during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 campaigns with the Gophers.

"I expect Gaelin's presence to provide us with an explosive edge rusher who can affect both the running and passing game," Montgomery explained. "Off the field, his life story is one of perseverance and will be a source of inspiration to all of us.