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  1. ECU Prepares to Celebrate 90th Game A Look Back as the Sixth Season Ends Week 16 Against Temple FR Leon Burris WR 41 catches, 444 yards, 6 TD on the season. East Carolina will play no games this week as they head into their final bye. The players and coordinators are focus on the final game of the regular season, while the Headcoach in his first full season, looks to the recruiting trail. He hopes to finish off regular recruiting with a bang, as JuCo transfers begin. A splash in the JuCo Transfer would be huge for a program currently rebuilding. With lots of players incoming, many will have to start who are Freshmen or Sophomores. A Couple older players who have had more time to develop their skills would be big. It would allow some of the younger guys to grow and get a chance to adjust to the College level. But fans and players are not yet concerned with the outcome of recruiting. For now they are looking for wins. Week 16 will see a big game in Greenville for not only ECU, but for Temple as well. Both teams sit at 7-4 and will not have a slight chance at the AAC Championship game. But a win would mean a better bowl for both teams, as well as help with recruiting. For Pirate player and fans, this game is also special for another reason. This game will also be the 90th game, counting conference championships and bowl games. A Win here will make the Pirates .500 in career win losses. Despite having only 2 losing seasons, the two years they went 2-10 really hurt their overall average. Current the Pirates are 44-45 since coming into the CFBHC in 2014. The Pirates have played at this level for six seasons now, and we have seen some miracles. Miracles like their victory over the then 7th ranked Ole' Miss Rebels 17-14. Or when they beat 15th ranked Kansas 38-35 in 2019. Coach Weeze first Career Victory I might add. Or When the Pirate Offense showed out in 2015 and beat UCONN 63-7. But we've also seen heartbreak. Not to mention the back to back 2-10 seasons in '16 and '17 again, but twice the Pirates have made it to the Conference championship game only to lose it. Two very large bowl losses are still in some fans mind from 2015 and 2018. We have a lot to be happy about, and a lot to be sad about. We've spent a lot of time this season, complaining and talking about the negative things that have happened this year. We've spent very little talking about the positive things that are happening, or the record breaking performances that have occurred on both sides of the ball. And we don't mean players like Eli Tuitama. Every time he gets the ball, he is adding to his well known school rushing records here at ECU. We are talking about players who might not be as well known to the conference or the fans. Players like Leon Burris who essentially created every single true freshman receiving records. in a couple years when he is a senior, he may very well have a few other records to tag along to his name. With the Pirates on a bye, and since we've been traveling down nostalgia lane anyway, we thought we would take a look at the many record breakers who have played this season. While we realize that these are not eye popping numbers that the bigger schools see on a regular bases. The fact that many of these records have been created or made in the last couple seasons show just how up and up this team could be getting. With a few more good recruiting seasons under his belt, Coach Weeze could very well be going neck and neck with Conference heavy weights Like Temple, UCF and SMU. Offense QB Liam Carver 640 Completions of 1059 Attempts, 7,632Yds, 58TD, 21 INT,135.08 QBR, 153 rushes, 821Yds, 8TD 5.37YPC as of game 11. While we said we weren't going to talk about obvious play makers who are the best in school history, we here at the East Carolinian feel it would be a shame and a mistake not to mention the season Liam Carver is currently having all things considered. When we looked at the roster at the start of the season, we felt if the Pirates couldn't run the ball, they weren't gonna be able to win. Well the coaching Staffed laughed and proved us wrong. While he has only had two 300 yard games, short of an offensive breakdown, he should break his record of 3019 passing yards. As for touchdown passes, carver is 6 short of matching his career total. Currently he is at 26 touchdown passes. He has found ways to make plays, and win games. Admittingly he did have a bit of a rough start, but he has found his way this season, including tying a school record for most touchdown passes in a game against Memphis last week. Add the two rushing touchdowns he had in that game, he really did break the record for being responsible for touchdowns in a game. While he will be playing in a bowl game (the first Quarterback in ECU history to play in 3 by the way), Temple will be his last test this season to really show how good he can be playing in front of his home crowd. If he can keep turnovers to a minimum, and perhaps throw for another 300 yards or so with a few touchdowns, we should be celebrating another victory. Pirates have a habit of winning games people don't think they can. Hopefully this will be another one to add to that list. We know all about Eli Tuitama. Even though he is having a down season by his standard, the man with every carry is adding yards to record. Currently it stands at 3,376 yards off of 726 attempts, with 44 rushing touchdowns. Again some bigger schools may sneer at this and say it isn't all that impressive, considering he was brought here as a fullback, and plays in the "harder" part of the AAC, he has had a very decent career and easily one of the best rushers in school history. WR Patrick Cornett 145 Receptions 2,076 Receiving Yards, 17 Touchdowns, 14.32 YPC on career. Wide Receiver Leon Burris is someone who we mentioned earlier. The True Freshman has been somewhat of a surprise to many fans, and dare we say coaches. The Young man came in with the hard reality of having to start right away and being a strong receiver in the slot. We expected maybe a handful of receptions, with a couple touchdowns, and if we were lucky, a few hundred yards receiving. Instead we got a kid who is 9 catches short of the leading receiver last season. His 6 touchdowns ties the leader last season in touchdown receptions. While his 444 receiving yards aren't all that impressive, for a true 3* freshman who wasn't expected to make even that much, there is some hype that as he grows, he will get even better. With 5* future QB throwing to him in a few years, we are hoping he will get his chance to really explode. But for now, Burris has set the standard for incoming Freshman WR. But when we think of Wide Receivers here at ECU, it isn't Leon Burris we think of. At least not right away. Who we think of around here is Patrick Cornett. This young man has set just about every receiving record, career or single season, that you can think of for ECU. This season alone, he has not only matched his career touchdown totals, he has exceeded it. He is already over his last year total by close to a 100 yards and there is still a game left in the regular season. With a game left he has also reached the single season record of receptions and exceeded it. You might be thinking, well they've thrown it more. ECU is still over 40 attempts away from what was attempted last season. I'm sure eventually, between their last two games, they will have more attempts than last season, but as of right now, no. Only one person in their career has a better YPC average than Mr. Cornett. Benjamin Carter, a TE who played during the 2015 and 2016 seasons has a higher YPC at 15.31 on 59 receptions. Carter was also the career leader on touchdown receptions until Cornett came along. ECU has a nice history of spreading the ball around, and getting a lot of people involved in the passing game. But when you look at his numbers over the years, and where he was placed in the depthchart, it is very apparent this young man created plays. Now that he is getting more touches, he is creating more and showing off just how good he is. I'm sure his coaches regret not starting him sooner. For example, Last season despite his yardage, he only had three touchdowns. This season, he already has nine. If he can win the match ups against Temple's secondary, look for him to have his fourth consecutive 100 yard game this season since his switch to the number 1 receiver. He is a play maker and Carver would be smart to take advantage of it. Defense DE Isiah Townsend 23 Tackles, 5.5 Sacks, 1 FF Defense is in an interesting transition. Coach Weeze claims he is big on playing strong defense. When you look at the AAC however, its more offensive oriented than defense. USF obviously is very good at creating plays, UCF and Denorris Jackson, Temple and Jordan North, SMU has a good history of offensive players. While ECU has had decent offensive players, when you compare them to some of the other schools and their players, they don't really match up. However, ECU has had some very good defensive players(for their conference). Particularly in recent years. Jasiah Francis, Ashton Best, Devin Llyod, Seastian Chaney, Alex Hogue. While these aren't huge national names that the country knows about, these are names that fans of ECU know by heart. Strong players who helped ECU come out of the 2-10 hole they had dug. Despite the many losses on defense, particularly the secondary, we have seen improvements in other areas on defense. Sacks for instance. Pass rush is not something that ECU has a great history of. All of the names mentioned above, where secondary players. Guys who forced turnovers and went after the ball. Infact, all last season the Pirates only managed 6.5 sacks on the entire season. Three of those came from the same person. This season we have seen a lot more. We've seen more pressure on the QB. Which is exactly what the coach wants. This brings us to our first player. Sophomore DE Isiah Townsend. Now we are cheating a little here. While he hasn't broken a record yet, he is the first player to get close to the 7 sacks in a season set in 2014 by Alfred Robinson. If he can resister two more, he will surpass that. The Sophomore didn't register any stats last season, sitting mostly on the bench. This season however he was asked to be the starting Weakside DE. In only 6 games, he has registered 23 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. He's been such a breakout player that we went ahead and gave him credit. Devin Lloyd, the Senior FS, has been a lights out player ever since he made his debut his sophomore season. He has quietly broken several records for ECU. This season, he has broken and set the Interception record for a career, he has also broken the all time record for tackles. He currently stands at 102 tackles. Sebastian Chaney, a former ILB (the second best ILB in School history), fell one tackle short of breaking the record last season at 100. He failed to break the record that was held by perhaps the best ILB in School history, Sean Gomez, who played during the 2015, 2016 seasons. Lloyd is a hard hitter, and a powerful player who is a clear leader in the locker room. He is also, with out a doubt, the best Safety in school history. Former SS Ashton Best might be worth being thrown into the mix, but in this writers eyes, Devin Lloyd is a clear cut above him. Special Teams K Patrick Gaffney 86 XP, 28/36 FG, Longest 45Yds A side of football many fans, reporters, and even coaches forget about sometimes is special teams. Special teams isn't a wow factor at ECU. Even though they do have a small history of good kickers. Robbie Fitzpatrick and W.K. Coffman are two kickers who played for ECU who eventually found their way to the NFL. The two of them however failed to do something that Current kicker, Patrick Gaffney, managed to do. 86 straight extra points with out a miss. In two seasons, Gaffney did what took Fitzpatrick three seasons to do, and he didn't miss. While he is still behind in the amount of field goals, he still has another season to surpass that. Assuming ECU makes it to another Bowl game next season, Gaffney will also will have played in more games than any other Kicker. A small record but still something he could add to his name later in life looking back. And there we are. A look back at some great players this season. Some have had wonderful careers, others have started out their careers with a great season. Again, as we said before we know compared to some other schools, these stats may seem weak or average. But we are a small school. A school that is on the rise. We feel the Pirates are on there way back to being a true relevant team in the AAC. They've had a great recruiting season so far, and shown they can still win games with a poor roster. As they continue to improve, and build a roster that hasn't seen great incoming talents for a few seasons, we hope to see more broken records, more mind blowing plays, and stars that the fans can cheer on. For this school, its been a fun 6 years. 89 Games have been played. Temple will be the 90th game played and hopefully the 45th win in school history. Hopefully sometime soon, we can be talking about the Dynasty that Coach Weeze has built here in Greenville. The many Conference championships he help win. Until then, we can't wait to see what lies ahead. All we really know is that we will be Cheering on our Pirates.
  2. [2020] Week 14 School Newpsapers

    ECU Takes Out Frustration on Memphis Liam Carver Ties School Record with Five Passing Touchdowns in 52-23 Win Memphis QB's Struggled Continued This Week Against ECU
  3. [2020] AAC Week 14 Coaches Poll

    Gotcha. Ok now it makes sense. Hopefully I can break out the middle of the pack soon
  4. [2020] AAC Week 14 Coaches Poll

    So this was for week 13?
  5. [2020] Week #14 - FNF

    every time bowling green plays this season, i die a little more inside. Plz someone else let them win..
  6. Pirates Steam Rolls Memphis Liam Carver Throws 5 Touchdown Passes in 52-23 Beat Down (Sr) WR Patrick Cornett 5 catches 99yds, 1 Td Before a stunned crowed in Memphis Tennessee, East Carolina reminded the American Conference Thursday that they are very much a relevant team. For the second straight week, they poured on the points offensively to put away their opponent on the road. The seventh, and final road game of their 2020 season saw a 52-23 final. This was the most points scored since their 2015 win over UCONN 63-7. The Pirates have their final Bye-week next week before finishing up their season against Temple at home in week 16. ECU have not had a home game since Week 11 against Tulane. The Pirates came in prepared for their last road game. There was the sense of excitement. Especially on offense. The offense has been heavily criticized this season. Particularly the run game. ECU running backs have only managed two 100 yard games this season. The run game adds up to just under 1100 yards so far. To put this in perspective, Eli Tuitama, ECU's all team rushing leader, had 1200 yards alone last season, and 1400 yards the season before. so far this season, just over 700 yards. The fall off in rushing touchdowns have also been noticeable. Alone Eli managed 20 touchdowns on the ground. With the season almost over, he has only managed 10. That is a big fall off for a team that has come to expect a lot from the redshirt senior. With the rushing attack struggling to put up numbers ECU expected, Liam Carver has felt the pressure to make things happen through the air. And with a limited receiving corp, we've seen his turnover numbers this season jump up from what we are use to seeing. Yet with all this on our minds, with all the talk and the doubters out there, they came out tonight and lit up the score board. They found a way to put it all together. On the ground Eli Tuitama rushed for over a 100 yards with two touchdowns. Liam Carver threw for over 300 yards, with 5 touchdowns through the air. They converted 5 of 8 third downs. And of course the most important thing, they didn't turn the ball over. I mean, how else can we say it? The offense looked good. Defensively, the Pirates have looked decent all season. USF and UCF seemed to push them around a little, and of course there was the disaster that was Bowling Green. But those games aside, they've looked decent. As with last week however, they looked top notch today. They limited Memphis to 116 yards in the air, and 63 yards on the ground. They came away with multiple sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. With Temple coming up in a couple weeks, they are gonna need to be even better if they hope to shut them down. Temple has one of the best Quarterbacks in the AAC in Jordan North. If they hope to compete with him, they are gonna need to play just like they did in Memphis. The Pirates do not have a shot at the AAC Championship game this season, however a win in two weeks would be great for team moral, the fan base, and help with securing a better bowl game for the school. Coach Weeze has constantly spoken to the media about improving, and the importance of recruiting. The better the bowl game the better attention, and the better level of recruit interest in the school. Temple is also in a slight rebuild state. This is going to be the best chance that the Pirates have to beat them. They need to take in, and learn from the early season mistakes, and apply them now. They will have a week to prepare. This is not the same Temple team we saw last season(a team ECU almost beat..). This is a team that is vulnerable, and will be in a hostile environment. This will be a big game for the Pirates for many reasons. Hopefully they can keep the momentum of the last two weeks and carry it over to week 16 and come out on top. To finish 8-4 would be huge considering all the seniors they lost last season. But for now, we can only sit and wait, and hope for the best.
  7. [2020] Week #14 - TNF

    Liam Carver 22/27 315yds, 5td National Praise please.
  8. Pirates Dominate Through the Air Carver Leads Team to Biggest Win of the Year Liam Carver 26 of 40, 309 Yds, 4 TD 1 Int, 3 carries, 14 Yds 1 Touchdown
  9. Imposter's Bowl Projections (2020 Week 13)

    I feel like if this game were to happen, we would get steam rolled..however would be kind of fun to play another Carolina team again in a Bowl. Though i think i can win out and beat Temple at the end.
  10. [2020] Week #13 - Saturday Afternoon

    Washington state 66 oregan state 38 what is defense
  11. [2020] Week #13 - Saturday Morning

    Wow, congrats Thetodd, keeping it close
  12. [2020] Week #13 - FNF

    DE Isiah Townsend now has the season record for sacks in a season at ECU. I believe he is one away for ECU career record. Maxwell Grubbs has also tied the receptions in a season with Patrick Cornett right behind him(who is breaking school receiving records left and right). liam carver has broken his own record for touchdown passes and could potentially break his other record of passing yards in a season by the end of the season. Im actually really happy about all these records that are being broken with this meh team.
  13. [2020] Week #13 - FNF

    Bowling
  14. [2020] AAC Week 13 Coaches Poll

    Describes AAC perfectly. This was a very hard poll to do. Though surprised at some of the results
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