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East Carolina football coach Ruffin McNeill smiles from the sidelines during the Pirates' victory over N.C. Central at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday night. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

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East Carolina football coach Ruffin McNeill smiles from the sidelines during the Pirates' victory over N.C. Central at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday night. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Coaches hard on Hardy’s pass

By Nathan Summers

The Daily Reflector

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No matter who is throwing the football for the East Carolina offense, they don’t get much leeway in terms of miscues, wobblers or dead ducks.

While the ECU quarterback duties fall almost solely on senior Shane Carden — who turned in a typical three-touchdown, 283-yard passing effort last Saturday against North Carolina Central — there are a host of former QBs in the Pirate offense. With coordinator Lincoln Riley and head coach Ruffin McNeill calling the shots, any one of them could be the thrower on any given play.


In the Pirates’ season-opening 52-7 blowout of the Eagles, it was a familiar face who was suddenly thrust into the role of passer on a trick play. Senior receiver Justin Hardy, who also caught a pair of TDs in the ECU win, took the ball on a toss from tailback Breon Allen on a fake handoff and the former QB at West Craven High School tossed a high pass to sophomore Isaiah Jones, who was completely unattended down the right hashmark for a 41-yard touchdown.

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