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Media Day hosts ECU


ECU participated in its first ever American Conference football media days in Newport, R.I., Tuesday and received praise from conference commissioner Mike Aresco and conference coaches alike. Although the Pirates did not receive a first-place vote, they were picked to finish fourth and are the highest-ranked newcomers to the conference. “There is great competition here […]

McNeill, Aresco oppose autonomy

The American Athletic Conference is believed by many to be on the outside-looking in when it comes to power conferences. But at Tuesday’s AAC media day in Newport, R.I., conference commissioner Mike Aresco firmly stood against that idea. “I will admit, I do not care for the power-of-five designation, and we do not accept the […]

Campers acquire ECU football experience

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I got a taste of what it is like to be an ECU football player at Ruffin McNeill’s annual fantasy camp last Friday. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley told me to run “95,” which was a pass play designed to go down the field. So I entered the huddle, yelled loudly to my teammates, “95, on […]

Pirates to take shot at new playoff

It’s out with the Bowl Championship Series and in with the new College Football Playoff, and things are finally starting to come together for the highest grossing sport in the NCAA. Starting Oct. 28, a 13-member selection committee will create a list of the country’s top 25 teams and then select the top four teams […]

Rebuilding the front line

The loss of starting defensive ends Lee Pegues and Terrell Stanley will inevitably revamp the look of the Pirates’ defensive line this fall. Pegues, along with eight other undrafted free agents, was awarded a contract from the Chicago Bears in May after the 6-foot-2, 294-pound All-Conference USA second team member had 29 total tackles and […]

Hardy placed on watch list

ECU senior receiver Justin Hardy was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the second consecutive year Tuesday, according to an announcement by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TOC) Foundation. The Biletnikoff is annually awarded to the country’s most outstanding wide receiver. The two-time First-Team All-Conference USA receiver is the fourth Pirate to garner preseason […]

Secondary braces for overhaul

The Pirates’ defensive secondary will consist of three new starters this upcoming season due to the graduation of Damon Magazu, Chip Thompson, and Adonis Armstrong. Senior boundary cornerback Detric Allen is the lone returning starter from a season ago, accumulating 40 tackles while sharing playing time with junior Josh Hawkins. “Detric is moving extremely well,” […]

Pirate duo claims honors

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The preseason accolades continue to pile up for ECU senior quarterback Shane Carden and his fellow classmate, inside receiver Justin Hardy. Both were named to the Maxwell Award Watch List by the Maxwell Football Club Monday. The award is annually awarded to America’s college football player of the year. In addition to the Maxwell Award, […]

New leaders on defense

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With only one remaining starter from opening day 2013 on ECU’s linebacker unit, the Pirates are expecting to see new leaders on the field this fall. Junior Zeek Bigger ranked third on the team with 77 tackles and made a name for himself on last season’s talented roster. Bigger will certainly play a large role […]

Top-tier quarterback chooses ECU

ECU football picked up a commitment from 2015 quarterback prospect, John Jacobs III, from Shawnee, Okla., on May 15 – the Pirates’ first quarterback for the the 2015 recruiting class. Bleacher Report listed Jacobs as a five-star prospect and the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Despite the praise from the website and other blogs […]

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