East Carolina finished 5-7 in 2011 their second straight losing season. Turnovers were a problem last season the Pirates finished with a -14 margin which was near the bottom in the nation. Quarterback Dominique Davis had 3,225 yards passing and 25 touchdown passes. East Carolina’s running game was below average as they could only muster 3.3 yards a carry. Wide receiver Justin Hardy had 64 catches and 6 touchdowns. The defense gave up 30 points or more seven times in 2011.
The Pirate program is sliding backwards and coach Ruffin McNeill could start to feel the heat. The good news is 13 starters return 6 on offense and 7 on defense. Davis has to be replaced at the quarterback position. Improvement on defense will determine how much East Carolina improves. The offensive line only loses one starter so the running game should be better. Five wins for East Carolina and with a few breaks a bowl game is possible. The 2013 basketball season is here and we have tickets, see below:
|Memphis Tigers vs. East Carolina Pirates||Jan 9, 2013
|UCF Knights vs. East Carolina Pirates||Feb 9, 2013
|Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. East Carolina Pirates||Feb 23, 2013