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East Carolina 2010 Offensive Analysis

Thursday, July 1, 2010
By Ron Cherubini
Staff Feature Writer



Air Raid battle plan taking shape

East Carolina's newly-minted, high-octane, light-up-the-scoreboard offense is going to have to produce to allow for a depleted Pirate defense to get its legs and start to pull its weight on game days. While Coach Ruffin McNeill has no intention of being a Conference USA West team in the Eastern Division, the Pirates may need to resemble one for awhile if the team hopes to make a real run at its third straight C-USA Title.

It would seem that the Pirates have two of the three keys for Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley’s offense to fly with hopes that the third component will emerge by the season opener. It takes a host of talented wide receivers, a protection-minded offensive line, and a quarterback with great accuracy and the ability to read the defense quickly. Save a sure bet quarterback at this time, the Pirates appear – on paper at least – to possess the other two components. With as deep and talented a wide receiver corps that has ever donned the purple and gold and a three starting offensive linemen back from a top tier unit a year ago, the Pirates have two pieces and place and will pin their hopes on a quarterback to do what a first year quarterback rarely does: Performer at a high level.

The following is a position-by-position breakdown of the returning Pirates. The ↑, →, ↓ symbols next to each position header are an indicator of the relative strength or weakness of the unit. This rating is based not just on returning talent and experience, but also on depth or question marks at the position.

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