August 31, 2016

Football and emotion have a tricky relationship.

Too much emotion is a bad thing, but in the case of first-year East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery, emotion is a valuable tool in gauging who he wants on the field at a given moment. It will be that thinking, Montgomery said, that will go a…


August 30, 2016

Scottie Montgomery is not much of a word mincer thus far in his college football coaching career, and it seems a safe bet that if he says it, he means it.

On Monday, as he manned a podium deep inside East Carolina’s Ward Sports Medicine Building at his first weekly press conference as a head…


August 30, 2016

Keenan Reynolds is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football history.

Navy’s efficient triple-option QB ran for a Football Bowl Subdivision record 88 touchdowns from 2012 to 2015, capped by last year’s 24 rushing scores that were complemented by 1,373 ground yards and 1,…


August 29, 2016

As much as he brings to the table from a pure training standpoint, Justin McClelland’s experience at two basketball powerhouses might be just as beneficial for East Carolina’s team.

McClelland, hired by ECU in May to take over strength and conditioning for men’s hoops, brings a…

August 28, 2016

No one loves an unsung hero more than Rick Smith, and the coach has perhaps as keen an eye as anybody when it comes to finding them.

For the better part of the last decade, Smith has kept a potential ace up his sleeve, but he has never been shy about telling people it is there. The veteran…


August 26, 2016

Demetri McGill is spending a lot of time being outnumbered these days.

When he lines up on the East Carolina football team’s defensive line, many times it’s just him and one other guy staring down five or six hulks standing on the opposing line of scrimmage. That is because the Pirates,…


August 25, 2016

For Zay Jones, there is not nearly as much left to learn as there is to perfect.

Already one of the more accomplished wide receivers in East Carolina football history, the senior has had plenty of time to adjust to a new coaching staff, and just as much time to imagine what his final collegiate…


August 24, 2016

In college football, all nonconference schedules are not created equally.

East Carolina has embraced the growing pay-for-play trend to earn big paychecks, mainly from Southeastern Conference schools, and pay Football Championship Subdivision teams to visit Greenville. FCS member Western Carolina is…


August 24, 2016

J.T. Boyd is at the point in his career that he can bust his teammates’ chops when he wants, and can even have a little fun during times of the year that aren’t fun for most of the other guys.

Boyd is a senior in his fifth year on the East Carolina football team, so he has earned the…


August 20, 2016

Playing football is a rush for Dayon Pratt when he is on the field, whether it’s making a key stop on third down or when in coverage on special teams for East Carolina.

This year, the lanky senior linebacker is ready for a whole new rush after making a slow but steady rise over the last two…

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