East Carolina 2011 Season Thread This is the 2010 East Carolina Pirate Season Preview. After last years 2-10 season we are very eager to get the 2010 season underway. Last year was a tough year for the coaching staff and players. Injuries piled up, almost all impact offensive players were hurt for the majority of the season including all three qb's at one time or another, Marquan Brown was on and off the injured list, DeWayne Harris who was our best receiver, etc. That lead to many players that weren't ready to play being forced into action and the it showed in the results. This year should be a different story. We come back healthy to start this season after adding play makers to both sides of the ball, and with seniors graduating making room for younger, and probably more talented underclassmen to come in and produce. Offense: Will be lead by Brian Smith a 6'3 217lb Junior that we recruited (#3 QB) as a Juco transfer. He's got a big arm and is durable. He can scramble and is hard to bring down with just an arm tackle. There was an interesting competition though as Rio Johnson, a Redshirt Sophmore came into camp much improved from last year and is also a 81 overall. Smith will get the start, but if he stumbles out of the gate watch for Johnson to get a shot at it. We are loaded at RB with Marquan Brown and John Williams splitting carries. Williams is an impact player and more of a 3 yard and a cloud of dust type, where Brown is the big play threat with break away speed. Behind them are two more very capable backs. If there is one thing we don't lack at ECU it's RB talent. Our Wide Receivers are Solid. Nothing to flashy but the top 3 are 80+ and don't make alot of mistakes. We are very excited about our Freshman TE Chad Hines. He was a two star recruit, but comes in with hands in the high 80's and we feel he will produce right away. I think he'll be a star in our offense. Our O line is young and inexperienced for the most part, but they are still solid and should be fantastic in a year or two. Overall this unit should be 100 times better than the unit that was 116th in the NCAA in total offense last year. The best news is 9 starters will be back next year. Defense is an interesting group. The line is packed with speed rushers on the outside including team captain Allen Crowder and Tim Bradshaw. Stephen Perry, a highly touted recruit will also start at DT for us. This Freshman is a big, strong and fast kid that specializes in the Pass rush. We think he's going to be great. The Linebackers may be the most improved unit on the team. We are very deep at LB and will rotate guys in and out to insure fresh legs. We have 8 that can play well right now. This should be one of the best LB units in the conference sooner than later. The Secondary should be much improved as well. Freshman Corner Derrick Lemon and last years Athlete Commit Jonas Charles will man the corner positions. I think I'm more excited about Derrick Lemon than any other recruit we've had total. He came in as a 81, he can cover, and man can he hit! This kid is a turnover machine waiting to happen. He comes out of Washington DC. We are also very excited to continue to watch the progression of So. SS Alex Rutledge who lb of lb might be the best player on the team period. This unit is rated a B- and it features 6 underclassmen. We think this unit will be great in the next few years. 2010 Pirates final word: Good News: We got rid of alot of garbage in the off season and replaced almost everyone that left with better personnel that fits our system well. The schedule isn't too daunting. I think we have a good shot at 8-9 wins this year. Bad News: Isn't much. Skies the limit. Let's just hope the injury bug doesn't hit us again this year. Good luck everyone this season.