Preview 2018: East Carolina Pirates. When Will The Turnaround Come?

Preview 2018: East Carolina Pirates. When Will The Turnaround Come?

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Preview 2018: East Carolina Pirates. When Will The Turnaround Come?

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What You Need To Know About The East Carolina Offense

– Last year at this time, ECU had Duke transfer Thomas Sirk and veteran Gardnew Minshew at quarterback. Sirk graduated, Minshew left for Washington State – after flirting with Alabama – and now the passing game needs a new passer to step up and keep the production going.

The Pirates bombed aways for 3,815 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, and now it’ll be up to either sophomore Reid Herring – who has the arm and skills to bomb away – or star recruit Holton Ahlers, a lefty with the skills to take over the gig right away.

– For all the problems ECU had, keeping defenses out of the backfield wasn’t one of them. The pass protection was strong, and it’ll have to be again with a new quarterback who’ll need time. Three starters return up front, starting with veteran tackle D’Ante Smith. They all have to blast away more for the ground game.

– The Pirates had to keep throwing to keep up the pace thanks to a miserable defense, but the ground game only averaged 3.26 yards per carry when it did run. Hussein Howe was good, but he didn’t get a whole lot of work with a team-leading 419 yards and three scores. Combined with Darius Pinnix, the backs are there. Now they need the work.

Biggest Key To The East Carolina Offense

– Run more, and take the pressure off the passing attack. It’s not like the ECU program is big on the whole ground game thing, running for over 2,000 yards just once in the last eight seasons. But last year was a low point with just 1,292 yards and ten scores, averaging a pathetic 3.26 yards per carry.

The Pirates failed to crack the 200-yard mark in any game, and struggled to get to 100 yards on a regular basis. The O will still operate around the passing attack, but a little more balance would be nice.

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