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.
But that’s far from the theme as the Pirates trudge into the second week of August camp, as some very reliable, very seasoned players are manning the front end of the 3-4 defense. In fact, with the likes of former N.C. State transfer K’Hadree Hooker now in the battle for a starting role, there is arguably as much talent on the line now as a year ago.
Thirteen-game starter Lee Pegues graduated while 12-game starter Terrell Stanley has been ruled out for the season following a winter car accident that left him in critical condition for nearly a week. Poised to step into those vacated roles are a couple of ends who saw their share of action last season but will both be facing serious tests as full-time starters.
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