Monday, August 16, 2010

Conference USA 2010-East Carolina Pirates

2009 Record:9-5 (7-1)
Head Coach: Ruffin McNeill (1st season, 1-0 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Lincoln Riley (1st season)
Defensive Coordinator: Brian Mitchell (1st season)
2009 Bowl Game: Liberty Bowl, lost to Arkansas 20-17 (OT)

Offense: When McNeill was pushed out at Texas Tech along with Mike Leach, he brought Riley, Tech's WR coach, to run the Raider offense at his alma mater. WR Dwayne Harris is going to be the main benefactor from the air raid offense. Harris became ECU's all time leading receiver last season, so his numbers sould explode even more. Darryl Freeney returns at WR as well, and is a solid compliment to Harris. Freeeney had 3 games over 100 yards in 2009. 3 players are battling to replace Patrick Pinkney at QB. Sophomore Brad Wornick has the lead, but Rio Johnson and Josh Jordan are right on his heels.Jonathon Williams and Michael Dobson are the front runners to share RB duties, but Alex Owah is expected to be a contributer as a freshman, and may be the future at the position for the Pirates. 3 linemen return, with C and RT up for grabs.

Defense: Only 2 players return on defense. Both are at CB, where Travis Simmons and Emanuel Davis are back. DT Josh Smith should emerge to lead the line as he had 4 sacks last season. Expect nothing from this unit in 2010, as their is a whole new process to go through, and new sets and schemes to learn.             

Special Teams: Harris is also an exceptional kick return guy, where he ran up over 100 yards and 3 TDs in 2009. The kicking game is starting over across the board as well, with Ben Ryan (PK) and freshman Matt Millisor (P) taking over.

2010 Schedule

Wins: 9/11 Memphis, 10/23 Marshall, 11/13 @ UAB, 11/20 @ Rice

Toss Up Games: 9/5 Tulsa

Losses: 9/18 @ Virginia Tech, 10/2 @ North Carolina, 10/9 @ Southern Mississippi, 10/16 NC State, 10/30 @ Central Florida, 11/6 Navy, 11/26 SMU

This schedule is freaking brutal. There will be very few opportunities to build confidence with this ass get kicked lineup. There will be blood...lots of it, and it'll be Purple.

Outlook: This is a mess. A new coach, new coordinators, no depth, and a terrible schedule that does not lend to helping with the other stuff that's going on. Skip Holtz bolted for South Florida at just the right time. No bowl for you...NEXT!!!

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