I hate to
say I told you so, but I did. I predicted that after the first
six games the Pirates would be 3-3. I’m certainly not
Nostradamus, but I did know this would be a rebuilding year in a much
easier conference. Let’s face it - with the loss of Louisville,
Cincinnati, and South Florida, then the addition of SMU, Rice and
Tulsa, the conference certainly didn’t upgrade the conference's BCS
standing. I know there were some other teams involved in the mix,
but you get my point.
The 2005 season was our first look at what Skip Holtz and his
heavyweight staff had in store for us. Well, after six weeks my
grade is a B+. I am very excited about the direction this program
is heading and my score would be an A if I felt better about ECU’s run
offense or defense. All season long this team has struggled to
run the ball, but have shown glimpses of run ability. The run
defense has also been lackluster with the exception of the West
Virginia game, where the entire defense was stellar.
Every other facet has improved by leaps and bounds. The kicking
game behind the strong leg of the “General” Robert Lee has been
awesome, only missing one field goal through 6 games. The punting
game has been steady but Ryan Daugherty has yet to reach his full
potential. The passing game has been the catalyst to East
Carolina’s 3 victories behind the strong arm of James Pinkney and the
brilliance of star receiver Aundrae Allison.
The most impressive thing about the 2005 squad however is the
resurgence of the defensive backs. For the last few years the
DB’s have been one of the worst position groups on the team, but this
season has been a different story. The defensive backs swarm to the
football and have been the most impressive group through the first half
of the season.
The Pirates have taken their lumps this season and they will probably
lose again, but they continue to impress ECU fans with their resilience
and their will to compete in every game. It seems as though the
days when the Pirates were everybody’s homecoming game may be about
over. Welcome back Pirates!