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    [2022] Week #0 - Saturday Afternoon

    i feel like road kill would have blocked better than that o line
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    [2022] Week #0 - FNF

    Jesus Georgia...they are already dead..
  3. Given that Auburn was number 1, how bad does this loss actually hurt TCU big picture? Come playoff time. I cant remember exactly who said it last night, but someone mentioned we will be seeing this matchup again at the end of the season, and i kind of agree. as long as neither trips over a trap game, or doesnt suffer any major injuries..i feel like we will be seeing them both again
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    [2022] Recruiting Info

    @rabidsnowman i know i saw you asking about recrutiing, so just in case you still need it
  5. Young as in new to the site. Just the one year at Wyoming right?
  6. AAC Positional Grades West Version! With the Kickoff of the 2022 season less than 12 hours away, It is time we take a look at each of the 12 schools and see what they are bringing to the table this season! In this article we will be looking at the 6 teams who are specifically in the Western division, Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa *Note about Grades given. Each position was given a grade between A and F. 5/5=A, 4.5/4.5=B+, 4/4=B, etc. If you started a 3.0/4.0 you will notice that doesn't fit the easy mold. In these cases, people were more often than not given the next grade up based on skill. 3=C, so C+. There were a few that fit the mold even less. For some of those odd balls ones(such as a 2.0/5.0) basically just graded them with the eye test. Everything was based off of skill/potential. No stats were looked up. Don't like that? Do it yourself then. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Houston (4.8-7.2 overall, 3.6-4.4 AAC) Houston was once one of the dominate teams in the west. Coaching changes and poor recruiting have seen them fall to the middle. However, they seem to have stabilized and are starting to rebuild. That being said though, this is a young team. This is a team with plenty of holes, but they also have a lot of potential, and should continue to grow to be a good team if they can compete with SMU and the million other schools in Texas on the recruiting trail. They graded out as having one of the best Quarterbacks this season in the West, but unfortunately also have one of the worst supporting cast around him. If he can make things happen with his arms, and his legs, Houston might pull out a few surprises. All in all, Houston will probably see another middle of the pack season, but should have an eye kept on them. If they can find ways to beat SMU off the field, they might be able to beat them on the field soon. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Memphis (6.1-5.9 overall, 4-4 AAC) If you could equate Memphis to a team in the east, they probably could be compared to USF. Probably not likely to win the west, but they might cause problems for teams who are not prepared. They have a good quarterback, as well as the best graded Running back in the conference. Usable options at wide receiver, and a line that should hold up well against most defenses they play this season. But the QB and running back are going to have to score because they won't get much help from their kicker. He graded out as one of the worst. At the end of the season they may have one of the more productive offenses in the west, but their defense may keep them from challenging for anything special this season. Poor edge rushers, and a secondary that is meh, it may come down to who can score the most for them a lot this season. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Navy (8.8-3.2 overall, 6.2-1.8 AAC) It may be unfair to say Navy surprised people last season as they have been steadily adding pieces over the last several seasons. One reported even pointed out they were a team to watch a few seasons ago..but we won't mention anyone by name*cough*. However its a new year, and a new season for Navy as they are going to be hard pressed to follow up the season they had last year. It is not out the realm of possibility, but they have some holes that may keep them from going as far as they did last season. Much like the other teams in the west, the majority of the holes seem to be on the defense. But unlike some of the other teams, they seem to also have enough talent on that side of the ball as well to make up for some of those holes. Still, holes or not this is gonna be a good team, and i expect much of the same from last season. Much Like UCF @ Temple, SMU @ Navy could be a huge game for determining who will be playing in the conference championship. The Chicago Tribune Projection: SMU (9.3-2.7 overall, 6.4-1.6 AAC) SMU, the consistent top dog of the AAC West is looking to rebound after narrowly missing the championship last season. However, they will be doing it without Webb this season. The rest of the AAC watched JuCo and the infamous AW3 and his decision of where to transfer. Had AW3 transferred to SMU, they may have had the most complete offense in the conference. Despite the poor right tackle grade, this would have been a scary offense for the rest of the AAC to play. Two NFL caliber WR, a fanstastic running back and one of the best lines in the conference. Plus a highly graded kicker. Their defense has weak spots, but they also have great talent on that side of the ball as well. They are one of two teams to have multiple A grades on defense(UCF), and one of three teams to have multiple A rated players. We should see some really great match ups with SMU this season, as they will get to play at USF who we mentioned in the EAST article as having one of the better defenses, Temple, who has great players all over the field, and ECU who is young, but has talent(though that game should still get very ugly for ECU). Over all, it should be a good year for SMU and we should all expect another title appearance for the Mustangs. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Tulane (1.2-10.8 overall, 0.5-7.5 AAC) Tulane has been the stepchild of the AAC. Coaching problems, recruiting problems, winning problems..they've seen it all. Over all, they have the worst projection of any team in the AAC. This is a team that just needs a coach to give them a little love, and dedication. They have players. They have some potential. They are in a state where there are recruits to go after to help this team along. They just need some time. This season will be a rough one for the greenwave, but their coach seems optimistic. He is gonna need that. They have the worse receiving corp, and a QB that needs some work. But other than that..they do have some pieces in place for them to do some things. Maybe not this season, but if they can keep adding and building, they might be able to get New Orleans rocking. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Tulsa (4.8-7.2 overall, 3.1-4.9 AAC) Tulsa is a team that has kind of been in the same state as Tulane. A team that just needs a little love and a stable coach. However, coming in to 2022, they seem to have some surprising talent given their poor reputation. Defense, while not pretty, isn't ugly either. A little weak at the linebacker unit, but they aren't desperate. The offense has a decent man at quarterback, a runningback who might surprise some people, and a receiver corp that can get things done if they quarterback play is up to par. The interior of the line though may get bullied this season. I would be surprised to see a lot of runs up the middle, but with some fullback work, they may still have some success on the ground. With some good coaching a little luck, honestly Tulsa might be much better than their prediction. Maybe not enough to fight for the number one spot, but they may show they aren't a push over either.   All in all should be another good year for the AAC. A lot of exciting football to be played, and some interesting matchups to come. Expect SMU to come away as the winner of the division this year. A strong Team who also looks to be the most complete. But don't expect them to just roll through the conference. Navy will be sure to challenge them, and they get two tough cross opponent match up. But don't count out Memphis to possibly cause some noise, and make life difficult for a few teams. West Winner: SMU Key Match: SMU @ Navy Dark Horse: Memphis Last: Tulane
  7. AAC Positional Grades East Version! With the Kickoff of the 2022 season less than 24 hours away, It is time we take a look at each of the 12 schools and see what they are bringing to the table this season! In this article we will be looking at the 6 teams who are specifically in the Eastern division, Cincinnati, Uconn, ECU, UCF, USF and Temple. *Note about Grades given. Each position was given a grade between A and F. 5/5=A, 4.5/4.5=B+, 4/4=B, etc. If you started a 3.0/4.0 you will notice that doesn't fit the easy mold. In these cases, people were more often than not given the next grade up based on skill. 3=C, so C+. There were a few that fit the mold even less. For some of those odd balls ones(such as a 2.0/5.0) basically just graded them with the eye test. Everything was based off of skill/potential. No stats were looked up. Don't like that? Do it yourself then. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Cincinnati (4.2-7.8 overall, 2.9-5.1 AAC) Cincinnati will be the first team we start off with. The Bearcats have long been a bottom dweller in the AAC, and more honestly the NCAA. However, things began to change under Former Coach, and Current Auburn coach, Rome. He began to bring in talent and find ways to succeed with a team that just wasn't very good. They have a long way to go, and according to the projections, they aren't expected to do much this season either. However, if you look at the team over all, they aren't behind the curve like they use to be. With good coaching, and a little luck, they may actually be able to make a little bit of noise in the conference this season. Might be a little foolish to say they are going to be contenders, but they won't be the push over everyone is use to them being. They are the only team in the Conference to receive an A for their kicker, In fact the only team in the East to have a kicker rated higher than a C+. They have a good quarterback, behind a decent offensive line, with a few weapons to use. Their defense isn't the best, and it has plenty of holes, but as long as it doesn't collapse, their offense could very well give them the chance to put up a fight this season. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Connecticut (3.1-8.9 overall, 1.8-6.2 AAC) If Cincy is the bottom dwellers, than UCONN might be the scum the bottom dwellers sleep on. They are an enigma to be sure. They have had some talent in the past, they have manage to upset teams, but a lack of coaching, consistent coaching, has really kept them from making any real strides. The huskies are predicted to have the second worst record this season in the AAC behind only Tulane. Given the talent they have currently, they aren't likely to prove the predictor wrong this season. However, it is not all doom and gloom. They have the best Graded players at the WR 1 spot. Honestly that might be the truth for the last two seasons. They also have a QB who can air the ball out if he has the chance. But given the defense, given some of the supporting cast on offense..the huskies are going to be real one dimensional this season, and probably easy to predict. UCONN might have the only A graded receiver, but they are also the only team to have a player grade F at any position. Buckle up Huskies..expect every team to run the air raid on you... The Chicago Tribune Projection: East Carolina (3-9 overall, 2-6 AAC) ECU is one of those teams that have been hard to predict over the last few seasons. Last season they were expected to finish near the bottom of the conference, but managed to claw their way back to finishing second in the east. A few seasons earlier, they started 1-3, but went on a fantastic run and almost had their first double digit season in team history, had it not been for a bazaar upset by Uconn. The team has also been in a rebuild mode since 2020. Aside from a horrific recruiting campaign in 2019, ECU's coach has been able to recruit very well, finishing in the top 30 the last two seasons. His teams grades really are a result of young guys not growing up yet. Especially on the defense side of the ball. Coach Weeze has always manage to finish the season with at least 7 wins. Given his schedule and conference opponents, its going to take some good coaching, and a lot of luck to keep that streak alive. If the defense can play up to their potential in the big moments, they could have a special year with a Freshmen quarterback leading the way. The Chicago Tribune Projection: UCF (9.4-2.6 overall, 6.9-1.1 AAC) The Chicago Tribune has UCF ranked number 1 in the east. If i were a betting man, I might put my chips on another team who shows up later on on this list. That said, UCF is probably one of the most talented teams in the AAC. They could easily fight the top dogs in other conferences. However...they also have a new coach. He is young. But he does have spirit. It will be interesting to see what he can do with this squad. More importantly, how will he recruit in the great battle royal that is Florida. If he can overcome those challenges..he might be able to carry over the legacy and get UCF back on track to become the great dynasty that former head coach UBL was building. The D line at UCF is probably the best graded in the conference, with only South Florida a notch behind them. The future of this team really depends on the coaching. They could be great..or they could fall apart leaving us to wonder what happened. The Chicago Tribune Projection: USF (7.2-4.8 overall, 4.7-3.3 AAC) USF is a team looking to break away from the middle of the pack. They had a good run a couple seasons ago, but like a lot of the AAC took a big step back last season. They need to show they are still the team we expect them to be. They have a lot of young talent. Especially on defense. They were once thought to be the best offense team in the AAC. But a look at this defense..they might have turned into one of the best Defenses. The D-line is probably the second best behind UCF, and arguably have the best secondary in the conference. If USF can get the offense to show up, their defense should be able to overcome any mistakes they might make. The O-line is probably the worst in the AAC..but its young. It could be the very thing that helps make this team..or break it. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Temple (9.3-2.7 overall, 5.8-2.2 AAC) Temple is expected to finish second accord to the Chicago Tribune, but Temple has dominated the East for the most part for the last several years. With UCF having a new coach, and all the troubles that come with having a young new coach, it would not be much of a stretch to expect Temple actually take the top spot in the East again this year. A Young Quarterback, with lots of weapons around him behind a solid line should see the Owls have one of the better offenses in the east. Only UCF might have a better offense in the east. Defensively, the grade well across the board. Their nickel corner spot might be a problem, but I expect they will be working closely with the safeties to help. Their Linebacker unit is solid, and their tackles upfront will be a problem for most of the conference. The line will make or break USF. Quarterback will break or make Temple. Jordan North leaves behind a big hole. Their coach is a hard nose man, with a lot of respect attached to his name. I expect his team has faith in him, and expect him to find a way to win. Something the great coaches do. All in all, it should be a much better year for the AAC East. Many of the teams are still rebuilding, but they are better prepared than what they were last season. UCF has all the talent to be dominate. The big question mark is the Coach. Temple has a lot of talent, and a proven coach who can win. USF though isn't a team that should be ignored. Evans has a great defense and has put together an exciting offense in the past. East Winner: Temple Key Match: UCF @ Temple Dark Horse: USF Last: Uconn
  8. ECU Welcomes Transfer (So) WR Jimmy Cardona Transfers From Oklahoma WR Jimmy Cardona 6-3 180 (So) Union (Tulsa OK) 3.0 of 3.5 [Speed] ECU coaches received good news today as former Oklahoma Wide receiver Jimmy Cardona intends to transfer to ECU. The 6-3 speedster will be another tough, veteran receiver for his new Quarterback, Kyler Wilson, to throw to. The official transfer deadline has now passed, and ECU luckily did not lose any players this year. Cardona is a redshirt sophomore who has seen limited snaps at Oklahoma. Coach Weeze is already speaking highly of his new player "He's a talented guy, with great speed. He has had some great coaches over there and has developed really well. He is young, but he is a grown man. He fights for everything he gets and should make an excellent weapon for Wilson." His new coach isn't the only one talking about the move. Cardona, who will be arriving on campus Monday, has already spoken about his excitement for his new team. "I wanted to play first and foremost. East Carolina had room, and is looking to grow. Coach Weeze has been doing some good things on and off the field for them. I enjoyed my time at Oklahoma, and I will always cheer for Sooner nation, but i'm ready for my next step in life. I'm ready to move forward and see where God takes me. I've already heard about the culture there in Greenville, and I know the fans are ready to keep rocking. I'm ready to put on that Pirate Purple and Gold, and win some games. Go Pirates!" Jimmy Cardona by rule will have to sit out of games for a year, but he will be getting plenty of practice and keeping his skills sharp. We know its early, but the future has been getting brighter and brighter here in Greenville. Coach Weeze has done good work recruiting, but he has to put that hard work on the field and win games. More pieces are falling in place, and its time we see ECU start making that serious push again for another conference title appearance. Season opener at Northwestern is right around the corner. We are excited to be so close to ECU football once again. Go Pirates!
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    [2022] Pre-Season Week #3 - MNF

    i don't care what the score says, this was a victory. the annual regret of trading away jank makes an appearance.
  10. id assume independent based off of this
  11. ECU Preseason Look Pirates Prepare for Tough Season The Pirates are beginning the long, tough road that will be the 2022 season. Coach Weeze, entering his 3rd full season, fourth season over all, described the coming season as "Growing pains". The Pirates will be feeling those pains for sure. For the first time in four years, the pirates will have a new man under center. A lot is expected of the home grown, five star recruit. But quarterback is not the only position where we will be seeing some change. Every player on the offensive line, expect for center Levi Hickey, will be new starters at their respective positions. They'll have a new runningback in JuCo transfer Amir Turner Jr. Only the receiving corp, and the Tight end group remains virtually the same from last season. Defense will see some turn over, but a lot of the players will be the same, some just with larger roles. The Secondary should be vastly improved with some experience, and more talented players. Especially at the safety position. (Fr) QB Kyler Wilson 6-0 224 Hertford County (Ahoskie NC) 5.0* (Pocket) Kyler Wilson was the biggest recruit in the state of North Carolina during the 2020 season. It was a huge win for the Pirates getting him to sign. After sitting for a season and learning with former ECU quarterback Liam Carver, Coach Weeze said he came into Camp looking sharper, more comfortable, and like a mature player who had been playing in the system for years. "It's hard for a 19 year old kid to come in, and really take charge of a team. Especially when that 19 year old has not taken a single rep of game time football. But he has done that. He's smart. He is lining up the receivers where they are suppose to be. He is calling out defenders and recognizing the blitz. The difference from last year to this year is eye popping. We have a special guy..a guy who will be playing on Sundays if he can keep up the same level of dedication that he has already shown." The headcoach and the offensive coordinator knew Wilson had the physical tools to play the position at a high level. It was all a matter of did he have the mental tools to play the position. So far they think he does. The playbook under coach Weeze is pass heavy. Lots of quick plays that require reading the defense and taking exactly what they give you. A lot of the early season struggles for this pirate offense last season was around trying to force the run game to be what it wasn't. Forcing Carver to make plays to receivers that just weren't ready for deep plays, and the complicated passing offense. The Receivers have matured, but the quarterback is young. If he can be the guys everyone thinks he is, this offense should far exceed what it was last season. As a side note, the last time the Pirates had a freshman quarterback leading the offense, the manage to get to the AAC title game... Jr RB Amir Turner Jr. 5-8 195 Louisburg College (Louisburg NC) 4.0* (Speed) Amir Turner Jr. was considered as big a catch last season as Kyler Wilson was the season before. The Pirates, since their promotion to the FBS level, have never had a 4* runningback. Which is surprising considering before coach Weeze took over the team in the middle of the 2019 season, the Pirates ran an extremely run heavy offense. Even the majority of the 2019 season was ran under a run first mindset. What is more amazing is that the coaching staff manage to land two 4* recruits last season. Running back Amir Turner Jr. as we already mentioned, and of course Samuel Baldwin III. A NC native recruit who committed to ECU fairly early in the process. The duo was expected to share carries, with Turner carrying the majority. However Baldwin has been dealing on and off with a hamstring injury through most of camp, and is expected to just be redshirted to allow him time to learn the offense and rest the injury. Though the headcoach has said nothing is certain until the season opener. Turner Jr is now expected to be the primary rusher, being backed up by redshirt freshmen Miles Giordano. The third down back is expected to be last years starter, Jr Xavier Stanley. Compared to last season, the run game looks to be a vastly different. There is a confidence there that wasn't did exist before. Eli Tuitama left a gaping hole at the position when he left for the NFL. The Pirates finally have an answer with multiple backs. It is the hope of the coaching staff that Wilson won't have to carry the game on his back. He should simply be able to manage the game, and focus on shorter, easier distances. Something Liam Carver was not able to have last season. Jr WR Leon Burris, So WR Jared Talbert, (Fr) WR Kenneth McCormick The Wide receiver corp remains virtually unchanged from last season. A few new faces who won't see much game time, but one new face among the starting three will be Kenneth McCormick. A redshirt freshmen, the speedy receiver was recruited out of Goldsboro North Carolina. Coaches say Kenneth is a very smart player, and is very fast. However he asked for the redshirt last season knowing he wasn't as ready to play as some of the other freshman who came in. His dedication to put the team above himself seemed to pay off big as he quickly made his way into the starting rotation as the slot receiver. His coaches believe he does have the talent to one day be a number one receiver for this team. Like the runningback position, ECU has never had much luck with recruiting NFL hopeful talent at wide receiver. But he could be a start in the right direction. For this season, the outside receivers are expected to be Burris and Talbert. The duo had a successful season late in the year, with Talbert actually breaking all the freshman records that Burris set one year previously. the Two are very competitive and wanna show they are better than the other. Burris ended the season with more yards, but Talbert ended the season with more touchdowns. Both ended the season close to a thousand yards, and both were near the top of the conference in yards. The group is maturing, and the QB is more of a pass focus player than what Carver was. While they may not scare most defenses, it is a group that will surprise you if they are underestimated. (Jr) LT Bill Purvis, (Sr) LG Joshua Goodwin, (Jr) C Levi Hickey, Jr RG Leo Reece, Jr LT Yahir Fuentes-Valle How quickly things change in a year. The strongest unit on the offense last season is suddenly perhaps the weakest. Every player except for the center will be starting for the first time. Levi Hickey, is one of four players that have more than 1 year starting experience on this offense. Everyone else is starting for the first time, or played only for a year(some not even a whole). He will have a big role in not only keeping his quarterback safe, but also helping him, and the rest of the o-line to read the defense. Levi was also voted as offense team captain. Loud, strong, and a bruiser, this man has earned his teams respect. So much so he was given an honor that doesn't always go to a man at his position. The group as a whole, isn't strong, but it should be serviceable against most teams in the AAC. That being said however, the Pirates also have probably one of the harder schedules in the conference. @NAVY, @SMU, Temple, USF, @UCF, all very good teams. All teams who can take advantage of you if you don't protect the qb, and provide the running lanes. Something that can be said about this group however, is they all have plenty of experience, together. the four new starters are all 2nd team players from the last two seasons. they are all big men as well. Almost all five of the guys are near three hundred pounds. They are big, they are strong, and they have experience, together. That can not be understated. One of the biggest problems last season with the underwhelming o line is that they didn't have a lot of time together. One was a JuCo transfer, one was playing opposite of where he use to play, and another started for the first time. Individually, that group was the best this team had ever seen. As unit they were probably the worst. Expect to maybe see a more cohesive group who can at least overcome anothers mistake. (Fr) LDE Theo Guinn, Sr DT Liam Childers, (So) DT Justin Sprague, So RDE Aiden Daniels The Defensive Line sees a couple new faces making starts for the first time. Theo Gunn, a 4* Defensive end, a highly sought after recruit will make his first start this season after sitting behind long time vet, and school sack leader, Isiah Townsend. When Townsend left, he issued a challenge to Guinn and the rest of then defense to break his record. he wants to come back to homecoming and see someone shattering his record. Guinn in speaking with the media says he plans to do just that. Liam Childers, the only four year started on the pirates team, enters his senior season looking to leave a lasting legacy and feels like the defensive line is really starting to build itself into something special. "Guinn, McLaughlin, Daniels, Rossi, Jack...a lot of guys who play at a high level. We've never had this much talent in our front seven before. I think back to 2019 and how we fell a game short of a conference title appearance. 2018 when we were in the conference title game..if we could put our front seven with that secondary we had back then..we could have won that game. Our secondary surprised people last year and played better than most though. We disappointed, but we've been playing with a fire under us. We are back and better than ever. We about to make a F***ing statement this season. Count on that." Childers has been a disruptive tackle on the interior and should help lead his young teammates. "They might be young, but they all play at a high level. Daniels has a lot of play time experince already, Guinn has been restless and going off in practice. Sprague has been that rotational guy, but is ready to step into a lead position. Its gonna be a great year to be a pirate." (Fr) LOLB Richard Jack , So ILB Logan Bird, Sr ROLB Arthur Rossi If there is one thing that can be said about the defense for ECU, is that it has a lot of youth. The front seven last season was abused. It had one of the worst rushing defenses in the conference. For a group that had as many experienced players as they did, the atrocity that was the run defense was very unexpected. It was thought that the front seven was going to be the saving grace, but it turned out it was the achilles heel. The Linebacker unit will see two new players take over. Logan bird, the starting inside linebacker takes over for former senior Kaden Richmond. The former pirate had a decent season, but looked out of place. When he was recruited to ECU, they ran a 3-4. Coach Weeze turned the defense into a 4-3, and Richmond just wasn't ever able to adjust to a true mike middle linebacker. Bird comes in having never played in anything other than a 4-3, and had plenty of time to study film and build his knowledge of a college level defense. His coaches say he looks like a natural at the position. He is strong, he is dedicated and he can make the quick read. If there is something that can be picked at its simply not having experience at this level. However he is a quick learner, and has been working closely with senior linebacker Arthur Rossi. The Starting outside linebacker on the right side, has a similar role to Sr DT Childers. He has to be the example for his young linebacker corp. The Linebacker group probably has the most talent of any other position on the Team. The only problem is how young they are. Rossi spoke with the media about how he spent a lot of time this past summer working with Bird, and Jack and some of the other guys teaching them how to study film. How to take care of your body. How to read the offense and figure out what they are doing. Richard Jack, a future NFL player to be sure, has spent a lot of time working out with Arthur Rossi, and is expected to take over for him at the Right side next season, going back to his natural position. For now, he will be working the left side. Jr CB Jonah Epps, (Fr) CB Javier Landry, Jr NCB Paul Fountain, So FS Da'Quan Eason, (Fr) SS Joshua Hollis One paper, from last year to this year, the secondary is the most improved position group. However, it will be hard to know that for sure until the season starts because the secondary for the Pirates surprised the coaches, and probably the conference as a whole. Outside Week 0 against Duke, the Pirates did not give up a ton of yards on average through the air. That group on paper looked awful. Probably one of the worst secondaries the team ever had. But they played well in games. They didn't create a lot of turn overs, but they did what the pirates needed them to. While no one with the team will confirm it, rumors have spread that the play of the secondary was the saving grace for the Defensive coordinator given how bad the run defense was. Jonah Epps comes into this season as a leader in the secondary. He is a 3 year starter along with Paul Fountain, the nickel corner. Epps is expected to make a big step forward this season as his play has been ok, but not great. He has had two seasons to grow and learn, but as a junior, its time for him to be a leader. Opposite of Epps is Javier Landry. A speedy, aggressive corner, he red shirted his first year due to a lingering injury. The Coaches however expect him to bring his aggressiveness to the field, and help create more turnovers. Eason, a sophomore Free safety, appeared to have won the starting job going into the season from junior Andrew Oliver. The two battled last season during camp, with oliver winning the job really more because of his experience at the college level. Joshua Hollis, a redshirt freshman, stepped up and easily won his job with the departure of Jayden woods. The coaches expected him to earn the starting job, but have been very impressed with how well he has done. "He reminds me a lot of Ashton Best. He is quick, he plays the ball, and he isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and hit somebody." Coach Weeze said of Hollis. Best, a former SS for ECU, remains one of the best tacklers in ECU history, ranking fourth all time, as well as tied for third all time in interceptions. If they can get the same level of production out of Hollis, the Pirates might start to see a resurgence of a dominate secondary like we saw only a couple years ago. But we also have remember the majority of this group is young. They have a tough schedule and will have to be baptized by fire so to speak. (Sr) K Douglas Cisneros, (Jr) P Jaeden Amaya Transfer Kicker Douglas Cisneros seemingly answered the coaching staff prayers last off season when he announced his transfer to ECU. The Pirates at the time didn't expect to land such an outstanding kicker Brian McLane. The five star kicker out of Raleigh NC. McLane is a very accurate kicker, but lacks some of the power he needs to really shine at this level, and his coach told us he will be working hard this season on achieving that power. For now Cisneros will be taking field goals, and kick off duties. Punter Jaeden Amaya is also new this season, having sat the last few years behind former punter Cooper Waller. Amaya doesn't have the same power as Waller, but he is expected to be just as good. He is a smart punter who knows how to angle his punts and let the gunners get down field. ECU should improve this season. They have a tough schedule, but they should perform at a higher level than last season. They have a new, QB who is a better passer, they have several strong running backs again, the defense have improvements all over the field despite being so young. As long as they play smart, as long as they remember their gameplan, they should be able to steal a couple games and continue their bowl streak.
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    [2022] Pre-Season Computer Poll

    SMU don't embarrass us please
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