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Doc Holliday’s Grand Tour Of C-USA: East Carolina Pirates

Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on June 30, 2008

East Carolina Pirates

Head Coach: Skip Holtz (20-17 at ECU, 54-40 overall)

Stadium: Dowdy-Ficken Stadium (43,000)

2007 Record: (8-5, 6-2 C-USA East)

Postseason: Beat Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl 41-38

Key Returnees On Offense: QBs Patrick Pinkney and Rob Kass, WR Jamar Bryant

Key Returnees On Defense: DE Zack Slate, DE C.J. Wilson, DT Khaif Mitchell, DT Jay Ross, OLB Quentin Cotton, OLB Pierre Bell, CB Leon Best, CB Jerek Hewett, SS Van Eskridge

The Skinny: After a few years in the wilderness, East Carolina made a nice run last year for the C-USA East crown under Skip Holtz, who has done a great job in turning around the fortunes in Greenville in his short time there. With mobile quarterback Patrick Pinkney, who led the team in passing yardage with 1,358 yards and 11 TD passes and 306 yards on the ground in 2007 as well as receiver Jamar Bryant, who led the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns among receivers, the offense looks to be just as explosive as it was last season. On defense, the Pirates return all four starters up front, including Zack Slate and C.J. Wilson, who both garnered All-CUSA honors in 2007. Wilson returns as the team’s leader in sacks with 7 while Slate looks to be an anchor in one of the best defenses in Conference USA.

Doc’s Prediction: Only a few years ago, a game against East Carolina was a sure bet to be an easy win on the calendar but with the return to glory that Skip Holtz has led this team on in the last two years, look for the Pirates to be in contention again this year for the Conference USA crown.

Projected Record: 10-3 (7-1)

2008 Schedule

August 30th-Virginia Tech (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Sept. 6th-West Virginia

Sept. 13th-@ Tulane

Sept. 20th-@ North Carolina State

Sept. 27th-Houston

Oct. 11th-@ Virginia

Oct. 18th-Memphis

Nov. 2nd-@ Central Florida

Nov. 8th-Marshall

Nov. 15th-@Southern Mississippi

Nov. 22nd-@ UAB

Nov. 28th-UTEP

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