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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Best East Carolina Offensive Player

WR Trevon Brown, Sr.
The team’s best weapon and one of the top receivers in Conference USA, Brown is a 6-2, 211-pound target who missed all of 2016 with a neck injury and came back roaring, catching a team-high 60 passes for 1,069 yards and seven scores, averaging almost 18 yards per catch.

With three of the top receivers gone, Brown will have to do more than ever. With his combination of size and quickness, he can do it.

2. QB Reid Herring, Soph.
3. RB Hussein Howe, Jr.
4. QB Holton Ahlers, Fr.
5. OT D’Ante Smith, Jr.

Best East Carolina Defensive Player

S Devon Sutton, Jr.
One of the team’s fastest players, the 5-11, 198-pound junior isn’t all that big a strong safety, but he’s a good hitter, finishing third on the team with 68 stops. Now he’s the leading returning tackler, but he has to do a bit more when the ball is in the air with just three broken up passes. With his speed, burst and range, he can get into the backfield if needed, too.

2. LB Austin Ramseur, Soph.
3. DT Tyree Owens, Sr.
4. LB Cannon Gibbs, Sr.
5. CB Colby Gore, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Reid Herring, Soph.
The Pirates are going to be better on defense – they can’t be any worse – but they’re still not going to be a brick wall. It’s going to take a whole slew of shootouts to win more games.

And that’s where Herring steps in, needing to pick up. the slack and help match the over 3,800 yards and 26 scores from last year. At the same time, even though he’ll have to bomb away, he’ll have to limit interceptions – a massive problem for Gardner Minshew and Thomas Sirk last season.

Key Game To The East Carolina Season

at USF, September 22
This is one of those measuring-stick moments that all teams looking for something positive has to have. ECU needs to roll past NC A&T to start the season, and then be prepared to take some lumps against North Carolina and Virginia Tech. But those three games have to get everyone’s feet wet for the AAC opener on the road in Tampa.

Last year, USF rolled 61-31 at ECU. This time around, the Pirates have to prove that they’ve improved enough to at least be more competitive.

2017 East Carolina Fun Stats

– Total Yards: Opponents 6,500 – East Carolina 5,107
– Average Yards Per Play: Opponents 7.7 – East Carolina 5.4
– Punt Return Average: Opponents 12 yards – East Carolina -0.7

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