Nearly eight months after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee against USF, ECU senior linebacker Aaron Ramseur is on the comeback trail ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Just a month ago, Ramseur posted a video on Twitter showing, in part, some of his rehab from the injury along with a highlight tape of his career with the Pirates. Since the posting of the video, ECU has moved into preseason practice, even progressing to full pads for the first time on Tuesday.

As ECU’s program took the field as a whole earlier this month for the first time since last season, Ramseur was with them, wearing a red non-contact jersey and itching to get back into the action.

“I’ll tell you what, he’s something else,” head coach Mike Houston said laughing. “We’re obviously being smart in bringing him along. We had him in a red jersey, which means no contact. You look up one day and the offensive guys are like ‘coach, he’s hitting us, he’s got a red jersey on.’ I was like, ‘Aaron you can’t be in the contact drill, you’ve got a red jersey on.’ I look up, and we’re doing a short yardage drill yesterday (Tuesday), and he goes and gets a purple jersey from one of the other kids and sneaks into the drill and finishes the drill. I’d say he’s coming along just fine. I say that because it’s just kind of humerus to us.”

That kind of competitive spirit and fire has allowed Ramseur to build a strong career with the Pirates. A product of Crest High School in Shelby, North Carolina, Ramseur has appeared in 31 games for ECU and started 17 of them. In that time, he has racked up 155 tackles, including 13.5 for a loss of yardage.

Before his injury last year, Ramseur was working his way closer to a starting role at the middle linebacker position, earning the start against UCF one game before his injury. Appearing in all eight games last year, however, Ramseur amassed 32 total tackles including 5.5 for a loss of yardage. Ramseur also logged two sacks from his linebacker position, giving him three in his collegiate career.

Still limited a bit in practice due to his injury, all signs point to Ramseur getting on the field a significant amount during the 2020 season. At the linebacker position, the Pirates have a number of returners to accompany Ramseur.

Myles Berry, Jireh Wilson, Xavier Smith, Bruce Bivens and Delvontae Harris all saw the field last season and figure to rotate in and out of new defensive coordinator Blake Harrell’s multiple defense.

With 24 days until the Pirates are scheduled to welcome Marshall into Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and kick-off the 2020 season, Ramseur has time to further strengthen his knee and begin fully participating in contact drills.

“He’s cautious at times, and then the other times, he just wants to go play,” Houston said. “As far as him running around, him moving, he looks really, really good. He’s like anybody else with an injury like that, he’s just got to get confidence in it. Structurally he’s fine. The medical bunch, they’ve been pleased with what he’s been able to do rehab-wise. I think he’s coming along well, and I expect him to play.”

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