Loading...
To the person suggesting the postal service remove the word rain from their creed, they might as well just get a new...

Ahlers gives Pirates new wrinkle

090918ECUfootball-21.jpg
1 of 3

East Carolina's Holton Ahlers runs during the game against North Carolina on Sept. 8, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

090918ECUfootball-37.jpg
090918ECUfootball-1.jpg
Loading…

By Nathan Summers
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, September 8, 2018

There is no quarterback controversy at East Carolina, at least not yet.

In fact, the biggest smile ECU starting passer Reid Herring offered following his team’s 41-19 shelling of North Carolina on Saturday was when the team’s previous third-string QB, true freshman Holton Ahlers, was mentioned.

The D.H. Conley High School product and former No. 1 QB recruit in North Carolina gave ECU (1-1) the added running edge it needed in a few critical sequences. Most notably, Ahlers scored a pair of touchdowns, including a 21-yard rush to the end zone at the start of the fourth quarter that gave ECU some much-needed breathing room against the Tar Heels (0-2).

Because of new NCAA rules this season, it could be only the beginning for Ahlers, who can still play in three more games this season and preserve his redshirt status.

“We’ll let you know here shortly,” ECU head coach Scottie Montgomery said of how much Ahlers’ seemingly expanding role will keep growing. “I thought he did a great job. We really worked with him this week. I woke up on Tuesday morning just fired up about the end responsibilities of our run game because of a few things that showed up that we didn’t necessarily think were going to show up.”

Ahlers logged eight carries for 36 yards, including TD runs of 1 and 21 yards. Montgomery said the game plan for Ahlers versus UNC arose at least in part because of the need to take some of the pressure off the interior of the Pirates’ front line on offense.

“Holton really gave us a boost,” Montgomery said of his freshman, who is not yet permitted to participate in media interviews. “His package is much larger than people think. He can throw it really well.”

Prior to the start of the season, redshirt freshman Kingsley Ifedi surpassed Ahlers on the depth chart and made a brief appearance in the team’s loss to North Carolina A&T last week. But given the chance against the Tar Heels, Ahlers pounced despite being listed third-string on the depth chart.

“He definitely brought a different dynamic,” Herring said of Ahlers, who is not yet available for media interviews because he is a freshman. “We had a certain package for him, and he executed very well and scored two times. It was exciting to see him get in there and score, and I know he loved it. It’s a great feeling winning with our guys.”

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

September 18, 2018

East Carolina’s football team had a rare opportunity to be unified and fully concentrated on watching South Florida play at Illinois last Saturday, a game that ended with the Bulls rallying for 18 points in the fourth quarter for a 25-19 win and 3-0 start to their season.

ECU sought safe…

090918ECUfootball-3.jpg

September 18, 2018

A win at a Pac-12 opponent, a shutout and then a record-setting outing on offense.

Cincinnati is 3-0 and riding high in the American Athletic Conference football ranks, following a Week 1 upset at UCLA with a 21-0 win against Miami of Ohio and then Saturday it beat Alabama A&M 63-7 behind a…

Cincinnati UCLA Football

September 17, 2018

The use of FaceTime on phones has been invaluable for the East Carolina football team, which avoided the direct hit of Hurricane Florence when it left for Orlando, Fla., last Wednesday but in many ways still is dealing with the aftermath.

That is especially true for players who have family in…

090918ECUfootball-44.jpg

September 15, 2018

East Carolina football is under reconstruction.

For the first time last Saturday, some progress was evident on the field inside the Pirates' home stadium currently surrounded by scaffolding and temporary fencing. That is evidence of a bold $60 million upgrade in the works.

The men who wear the…

090918ECUfootball-23.jpg

September 15, 2018

East Carolina was in last place for the first two installments of the American Athletic Conference writers’ power rankings, but after the Pirates’ 41-19 rout of North Carolina they moved up to ninth.

ECU (at Virginia Tech) and league frontrunner UCF (at N.C. State) had their games…

090918ECUfootball-12.jpg

September 14, 2018

There was a play last Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium when a North Carolina safety was staring at an East Carolina backfield with two guys totaling 463 pounds on a third-and-3 play near midfield.

The UNC safety keyed on the wrong player during the read option, chasing after 6-foot-3, 236-pound…

090918ECUfootball-24.jpg

September 12, 2018

East Carolina’s football team bused from Greenville to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday and will remain there until its next game.

The Pirates’ game Saturday at Virginia Tech was canceled Tuesday because of Hurricane Florence and a release by ECU on Wednesday referenced issues of…

090918ECUfootball-30.jpg

September 11, 2018

East Carolina’s football game scheduled for Saturday at Virginia Tech will not be played because of Hurricane Florence.

ECU sent out a release Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. stating that none of its teams will travel to games because of significant and imminent safety concerns. The release also said…

092715ecuvt5_0.jpg

September 10, 2018

Like many people in North Carolina, the East Carolina football team is taking a day-to-day and even hour-to-hour approach as it transitions from Saturday’s rivalry win over North Carolina to this Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech with the threat of Hurricane Florence looming.…

030118ECUfootball-1.jpg

September 10, 2018

Just two weeks into the season, the American Athletic Conference has already done its usual by knocking off some notable Power Five opposition, including three during the weekend.

Exemplifying that trend on Saturday was Houston’s high-flying trouncing of Pac-12 member Arizona. In that game,…

Arizona Houston Football-4
191 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 20
        Next Page»   Last Page»