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ECU coach Ruffin McNeil discusses the Pirates' next game against Navy during his weekly press conference Monday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

ECU coach Ruffin McNeil discusses the Pirates' next game against Navy during his weekly press conference Monday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

McNeill: Pirates 'banged up'

By Nathan Summers

The Daily Reflector

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East Carolina football approached its game at Memphis last weekend with a win-at-all-costs mentality, and although the Pirates got the victory they needed, it did come with a price.

In the process of ECU (2-4 overall) upping its Conference USA record to 2-1, the Pirates added considerably to their injury list, which could have a profound effect when they trek to Annapolis, Md., this Saturday to square off with a Navy team with an identical 2-4 record.


The Pirates have 14 listed casualties as they dive headlong into game-planning for the Midshipmen, who last season delivered a titanic 76-35 beating to ECU and always require assignment-sound defense against their option attack.

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