Sophomores to play major roles
By Nathan Summers | August 20, 2014 - 10:25pm
East Carolina’s freshman wide receivers flexed their collective muscle right away last season, and they haven’t stopped yet.
Transfer of power
By Nathan Summers | August 19, 2014 - 10:25pm
A few big questions on the East Carolina football team have some very big answers.
Sharp eye on secondary
By Nathan Summers | August 18, 2014 - 10:25pm
Rick Smith has a knack for drawing a bottom line on things without hesitation.
McNeill lauds linebackers, linemen
By Nathan Summers | August 18, 2014 - 10:24pm
East Carolina football returned to the practice complex on Monday morning for a single workout sandwiched between off days Sunday and Tuesday, and head coach Ruffin McNeill reflected on the team’s first preseason scrimmage at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Pirates clicking early
By Nathan Summers | August 16, 2014 - 10:25pm
Mid-August scrimmages don’t count, but they usually say a lot about how a football team is playing heading into a new season.
'Pretty physical' scrimmage planned
By Nathan Summers | August 15, 2014 - 10:25pm
This morning marks the first dress rehearsal in the buildup to East Carolina football’s Aug. 30 season kickoff against North Carolina Central.
Walk-ons become recruiting rewards
By Nathan Summers | August 14, 2014 - 10:25pm
Almost exactly four years ago, East Carolina head football coach Ruffin McNeill carefully watched after the completion of an evening workout as two players stayed on the field for some extra work.
ECU's heavy hitters
By Nathan Summers | August 13, 2014 - 10:25pm
The new-look East Carolina defensive backfield could have the talent to make a memorable mark by season’s end, but before it begins, the Pirate secondary is more concerned with leaving a mark in the traditional football sense.“We’re physical.
Several Pirates in the running
By Nathan Summers | August 12, 2014 - 10:25pm
Although they might all carry the football by season’s end, the battle to become East Carolina’s top running back continued on Tuesday morning.
McNeill pleased with Pirates' start
By Nathan Summers | August 11, 2014 - 10:25pm
There is a lot more drilling and a lot less dazzle during the opening two weeks of August college football camps, but that can make the big plays seem even bigger when they happen.
Linemen ready to battle
By Nathan Summers | August 10, 2014 - 10:25pm
With last year’s starting defensive ends both missing for different reasons, it might seem that East Carolina’s defensive front would enter the season searching for an identity.
Lineman gains perspective from wreck
By Nathan Summers | August 9, 2014 - 10:25pm
Ike Harris routinely shoulders 500-plus-pound barbells in the East Carolina University weight room to push his physical limits, but the junior football player’s greatest gain during the last offseason was perspective.
Lights, camera, Carden
By Nathan Summers | August 8, 2014 - 10:25pm
Shane Carden loves the film industry and always has, but the term took on a different meaning for him during the last year.
Worthy of attention
By Nathan Summers | August 7, 2014 - 10:25pm
Given the big plays East Carolina’s young wide receivers have already authored, the future is clear and bright for the Pirate offense, but the time is now for the senior twosome in the Pirates’ deep pack of pass-catchers.
Overton's path to disruption
By Nathan Summers | August 6, 2014 - 10:25pm
The football perception, generally, is that when an established star player vacates his position, a recovery process begins while the new starter tries to figure out how to replace him.
McNeill’s way with numbers
By Nathan Summers | August 5, 2014 - 10:25pm
On their first night as college football players, some of East Carolina’s freshmen were a little flustered at their number of repetitions on the opening day of camp.
Pirates hit practice field
By Nathan Summers | August 4, 2014 - 10:25pm
An East Carolina football team with loads of experience and plenty of self-appointed expectations embarked on a new season on Monday as the Pirates completed an introductory workout that kick-started a run of 19 practices in 22 days.
Dorm days for players
By Nathan Summers | August 3, 2014 - 10:25pm
Check-in day probably means something different to every college football player across the country, yet the rituals of the annual event are unchanging.
Lebo lauds productive Pirates
By Tony Castleberry | August 2, 2014 - 10:24pm
Productive summers are becoming more and more crucial to college basketball teams’ success in the fall and winter.
Guilmette committed to comeback
By Tony Castleberry | July 31, 2014 - 10:25pm
Marshall Guilmette is doing everything in his power to not be the forgotten man, but if his body does not cooperate, Guilmette’s unwavering desire to return to the basketball court may not matter.
Pirates picked 4th in AAC
July 29, 2014 - 10:24pm
The East Carolina football team was picked to finish fourth in the American Athletic Conference preseason football media poll.
VIDEO: ECU fantasy campers hit field
By Tony Castleberry | July 25, 2014 - 10:25pm
Participants in Ruffin McNeill’s fantasy football camp who thought they were just going to jog through a couple of drills, hear coach McNeill and his East Carolina assistants give a couple of speeches and collect a T-shirt found out quickly that Friday’s camp offered much more.
Pirate leaders embrace social media
By Nathan Summers | July 18, 2014 - 10:24pm
As social media changes on an almost hourly interval, college sports coaches are constantly tweaking their game plans for using it to their utmost advantage.
Pirates on display
By Nathan Summers | July 16, 2014 - 10:25pm
WASHINGTON — Although he is the newest partner in the East Carolina sports coaching firm, Cliff Godwin sounded like he’d been working on his message to ECU fans for a long time on Wednesday night at the Washington Civic Center.
Carden on O’Brien watch list
July 16, 2014 - 10:24pm
FORT WORTH, Texas — East Carolina senior Shane Carden was one of 39 quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterbacks Award watch list on Wednesday.