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Offense highlights the show during Spring game

Photo by Nick Faulkner

ECU’s offense put together five touchdown-scoring drives in the annual Purple-Gold Spring Game on Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The contest was the Pirates’ most productive effort of their three scrimmages played this spring. ECU averaged 7.3 yards per play and had no turnovers during the 55-play scrimmage. The Pirates showed versatility by scoring touchdowns with […]

Football brings back fun atmosphere

Bryce Williams pulled in a one-handed touchdown grab in the Purple-Gold game and then proceeded to lob a celebratory alley-oop pass for his quarterback Shane Carden. But the Pirates’ signal caller failed to leap high enough to complete a slam-dunk over the goalpost. In a regular season game, these antics would likely result in some […]

ECU tackles Spring Game

Photo by Nick Faulkner

ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill is approaching Saturday’s Purple-Gold spring football game no differently than the team’s previous two scrimmages. As they have done in the first two the Pirates will once more line up against each other and run about 50 plays inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium beginning at 2:30 p.m. to close spring workouts. Although […]

Plenty of depth at receiver

The departure of Lance Ray and Reese Wiggins, who had a combined seven touchdowns last season, will be a minor setback for ECU. However, thanks to a deep pool of skilled receivers, don’t expect the Pirates’ receiving ship to sink at all. Headlining the deep pool of receivers is senior wide out Justin Hardy, he […]

Pirates complete second scrimmage

Photo by Drew Carter

On Saturday morning, ECU’s passing game came alive in the football team’s second scrimmage of the offseason at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. After a three-interception performance at their first scrimmage on March 31, the Pirate quarterbacks looked to be more in sync this time around. They had three touchdowns and avoided turnovers during the 50-play exhibition. Senior […]

‘Coach for a day’

Photo by Drew Carter

It’s that time of the year again. Spring football is in the air and with that opens the door for an opportunity for Pirate Nation to get involved. For the spring football game on April 12, the ECU marketing team has coordinated a chance for the average Joe to participate in normal game day procedures […]

Crowded backfield for ECU

Photo by Drew Carter

The ECU football team is enjoying the luxury of having three of its four running backs returning from last season, although the one loss is a tremendous one – Vintavious Cooper. Cooper accounted for 65 percent of the team’s rushing yards with 1,193 during his senior season while racking up a team-best 13 touchdowns. He […]

ECU football conducts first spring scrimmage

Due to Saturday’s inclement weather, the ECU football team made up an intrasquad scrimmage Monday afternoon in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill was pleased with Monday’s field conditions and excited to see his team to play in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for the first time this spring. “It was good to be able to get […]

ECU completes fourth practice

The frigid weather on Wednesday didn’t hold back day four of spring practice for the ECU football team. The defense had its first contact workout of the year at the Cliff Moore Practice Facility, but Defensive Coordinator Rick Smith was underwhelmed by what he saw. “We took a step backwards today,” said Smith. “We weren’t […]

Overcoming obstacles

It was October 12. ECU trailed Tulane 9-6 in the Superdome and the Pirates had marched inside the Green Wave’s three yard line, poised to recapture the lead. On first-and-goal, quarterback Shane Carden dropped back to pass, then quickly fired a pass towards wide receiver Davon Grayson for the go-ahead score, but it was instead […]

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