Stopping the run and forcing punts on defense and getting more first downs and points on offense are the mid-campaign talking points for the East Carolina football team.
Third-year ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill and his coaching staff met after the Pirates’ 40-20 loss at UCF last Thursday to discuss the state of the team after its first six games, and to devise a strategy to address its biggest areas of concern heading into Saturday’s home clash with Memphis.
“Defensively, we need to make sure we emphasize stopping the run, no long plays and getting off the field on third down,” McNeill said of his team’s midseason goals at Monday’s weekly news conference. “I think we’ve been very balanced offensively and in time of possession, but we (want to get) first downs and points.”
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