Keaton Mitchell looked natural in bouncing to the outside on a run for a first down during the East Carolina football scrimmage Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Possibly more important for the Pirates was a few plays later when a perfectly timed blitz on defense was about to crash down on quarterback Holton Ahlers. It was Mitchell, the smaller of ECU’s second-year freshman backfield duo at 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds (Rahjai Harris is 5-10, 224), who stepped up to block the free blitzing player to allow Ahlers to throw a pass.

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