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East Carolina 2010 Defensive Analysis

Friday, July 2, 2010
By Ron Cherubini
Staff Feature Writer



Big talents must fill big shoes

Now for a look at East Carolina's 2010 defensive unit. On the one hand, what is clear from the unit’s performance in the spring is that it is big, strong, fast, and talented. Obviously, there has been an uptick in the raw talent being infused in the program. On the other hand, when you have to replace, wholesale, nine starters in your lineup, you are simply not likely to be anywhere as good as you were the previous year. And at East Carolina, defense has won two straight Conference USA championships. Getting through the brutal East Division requires a defense that can dish it out, so there are more questions than ever for this defense.

That said, there are a lot of guys vying for starting jobs that have pretty good game experience which should go a long way in helping to field a competitive starting unit. However, depth will likely be an issue. With the offense going at warp speed, how well conditioned ECU's defenders are will likely make the difference in whether we are looking at a good unit that gets better and better all season or if we have a unit that fades after the intermission each game.

The following is a position-by-position breakdown of the returning Pirates based on previous experience and what we think we learned in the spring. The ↑→↓ symbols next to each position header are an indicator of the relative strength or weakness of the entire unit, not necessarily a reflection of the first units. This rating is based not just on returning talent and experience, but more so on depth or question marks at the position.

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