East Carolina lost a veteran starter and a vital cog earlier this season when senior interior defensive lineman Michael Brooks injured his knee against Appalachian State.
When he returned last weekend, however, he did so as a first-time starter at defensive end, and never played a snap at nose guard. That’s how fast the Pirate defense is growing.
As much as ECU needed Brooks back in the lineup, the performance at his usual position by sophomore Terry Williams and redshirt freshman Terrell Stanley allowed the Pirates to start Brooks at one end with junior Lee Pegues at the other in the Pirates’ 3-4 scheme. Brooks expects to be in the same place on Saturday night against visiting UTEP.
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