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East Carolina Pirates Football 2010

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

 Offensive/Defensive Analysis

So, here we go… another Pirate football season around the corner and for the first time in the past three seasons, there are as many unknowns as there are knowns for the two-time defending Conference USA Champions.

East Carolina forged its way to a pair of titles by way of a punishing defense and an offense that could muster enough points to allow it to ball-control its way to victory. So good was the defense that in two-straight C-USA title games, the Pirates held the country’s top offense to all-time lows and forced turnovers in bunches.

The Pirates, this spring, look a whole lot different and the timing of changes may work to the team’s advantage. Out has gone Skip Holtz’s highly successful run-first offense and his aggressive, disciplined defense. In has come Ruffin McNeill’s high-flying offense and attacking defense.

With a defense looking to replace nine starters, the onus of success will likely fall on the offense, at least early in the season, if East Carolina is to make a run at a C-USA three-peat. Fortunately for the Pirates, they possess a ton of talent at receiver, running back, and along the offensive line. If they can find a trigger man, they could be dangerous offensively.

With this in mind as the summer grind sets in, let’s take a close look at those players who are back in the fold for 2010.

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