Loading...
BYH to the person responding re the voter ID question. Thanks for your example. I think that everyone should have the...

Montgomery: True fans will show

Virginia Tech East Carolina Football-7

East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery.

Loading…

By NATHAN SUMMERS
The Daily Reflector

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scottie Montgomery issued a plea, and perhaps a bit of a challenge, to East Carolina football fans on Monday morning.

Mired in a miserable 1-6 season and set to host BYU for the first time in program history, the Pirates’ second-year head coach asked fans Monday to show in big numbers for the 7 p.m homecoming kickoff in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

“I’m asking everybody this homecoming weekend to come out and support the Pirates, come out and support the university, come out and serve our colors, purple and gold,” Montgomery said at his weekly news conference. “These guys, some of our seniors, this is their last opportunity at homecoming. We really want to make it a fantastic experience for them.

“Our true Pirates will be out this weekend.”

The Pirates (1-3 American Athletic Conference), fresh from a stinging 63-21 loss at Central Florida on Saturday night, have seen their attendance plummet the last two home games. Those were also blowout league losses to South Florida and Temple, respectively, and even the announced crowd numbers reflected the smallest two home crowds in more than 10 years.

But Montgomery is mindful his team, which won at Connecticut on Sept. 24 for its lone win of the season, has a great chance for a homecoming win against a fellow 1-6 BYU squad.

“The main reason why I ask is because of the sacrifice of our football players,” Montgomery said of his appeal.

Additions/subtractions

As ECU gears up for the first-ever visit from the Cougars, the team has taken a few new injuries hits but also expects to get a few key players back.

Most significantly, senior defensive end Kiante Anderson (knee) is out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury sustained last week, interrupting one of the most productive seasons by any Pirate.

Anderson, a former walk-on from Winterville now on scholarship, is the Pirates’ leader with five tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks to go with 27 tackles.

“He will be out a significant amount of time. We don’t know how long he’ll be out,” Montgomery said of Anderson, who is being replaced by sophomore Jalen Price.

Sophomore wide receiver Deondre Farrier is slowed by an ankle injury suffered at UCF, and senior starting strong safety Bobby Fulp is a question mark due to a quad contusion he played through until last week, when he was spelled by true freshman Tank Robinson.

Also still in doubt is junior cornerback Corey Seargent, whose nagging hamstring injury has kept him in and out of the lineup for several weeks.

But a handful of players are on their way back. Perhaps most important on that list is freshman center John Spellacy, whose knee injury put him on the shelf for three games and left the offensive line in a jumble.

The beleaguered defense is set to welcome the return of sophomore defensive end Kendall Futrell (bacterial infection), and after serving one-game suspensions last week for violating academic policy, a pair of graduate transfer defenders will also return in end Gaelin Elmore and free safety Korrin Wiggins.

Contact Nathan Summers at nsummers@reflector.com, 252-329-9595 and follow @NateSumm99 on Twitter. 

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

ECU

June 20, 2018

The anticipated arrival of most of the freshman class for the East Carolina basketball team coincides this week with the start of the university’s second summer session of classes.

Five of the six recruits, excluding 7-foot-2 Bosnia native Milan Stakic, are slated to begin classes and…

060918ECUBasketball-2.jpg

June 19, 2018

A pair of East Carolina women’s basketball recruits, who will join the team this week along with two others, were recently named to All-Star teams in their respective states.

Tiara Chambers earned a spot on the West squad for the second annual Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund All-Star Classic, while…

123117ECUbasketball-4.jpg

June 19, 2018

The time just after former East Carolina pole vaulter Brie Berkowitz completed her master’s degree at ECU was defined by a series of internships.

She did broadcasting for football camps, coordinated travel for various teams with the Miami Hurricanes and worked in sales and marketing for the…

061318ECUTrack-3.jpg

June 18, 2018

The consistency shown by East Carolina football coaches was key during the recruitment of Farmville Central rising senior defensive lineman Keziah Everett and that led to Everett verbally committing to the Pirates on Monday.

He chose ECU over North Carolina and Virginia. The Pirates were the first…

052317FCfootball-3

June 17, 2018

The United States team completed a dominant run at the FIBA Americas U18 basketball tournament in Ontario, Canada, on Saturday night with a 113-74 victory against the host Canadian squad to take the gold medal.

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley helped pick the team, which was led…

dooley (1).JPG.JPG

June 16, 2018

East Carolina sophomore outfielder Bryant Packard earned his school-record seventh All-America honor after being named a first-teamer by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Saturday.

Packard led ECU in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.406) to rank seventh nationally.…

060418ECUgame1-13.jpg

June 15, 2018

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley played in part in assembling the roster for the USA Basketball U18 National Team that could be on a collision course to face host team Canada this weekend in the championship game of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Dooley was a court coach during…

IMG_8767.JPG

June 14, 2018

To many in the world of women’s basketball, Anne Donovan was a giant. And not just because she stood 6-foot-8.

She won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach in her storied career. She died Wednesday and people in Greenville…

Obit Donovan

June 13, 2018

Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer and former East Carolina women’s head coach who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.

On her rise to prominence, Donovan…

June 12, 2018

Reality set in for East Carolina shot put standout Galissia Cause during her hotel check-in last week in Eugene, Ore., for the track and field NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She competed at the NCAA East Regional meet in all four of her seasons, but only this year did the senior make it past…

061318ECUTrack-1.jpg
238 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 24
        Next Page»   Last Page»