Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the East Carolina season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 3-9 overall, 1-7
Head Coach: Mike Houston, 1st year
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE EAST CAROLINA OFFENSE
– It just didn’t work. The Pirate O had a few good games, but had massive power outages – scoring 20 points or fewer – seven times. In comes new head coach Mike Houston from James Madison along with offensive coordinator – and former ECU assistant Donnie Kirkpatrick. Step One is to find some semblance of consistency. With seven starters returning, there’s hope to be more balanced and better against the teams that actually play defense.
– With Kingsley Ifedi transferring to North Carolina A&T, the quarterback battle is between Holton Ahlers and Reid Herring, with Ahlers the better passer last season with 12 touchdowns and just three picks, and with Herring a bit more experienced. It’s Ahlers’ gig unless he falls flat on his face in fall camp. Four starters are back up front to a line that was okay in pass protection, but couldn’t generate much of a push for the ground game.
– Ahlers was the team’s leading rusher. Good – he can move. Bad – he was the team’s leading rusher. Top running back Anthony Scott is done, but senior Hussein Howe is a quick option with decent upside, and junior Darius Pinnix scored three times last year. Top target Trevon Brown is done from the receiving corps, but six of the top eight pass catchers are back.