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ECU hired Jacksonville State LB coach/program coordinator David Blackwell to serve as defensive coordinator.

East Carolina was on the hunt for a new defensive coordinator due to the program's demotion of DC Kenwick Thompson after the second week of the season. Defensive line coach Robert Prunty served as interim DC after Thompson was taken off those duties. Blackwell has served as Jacksonville State's program coordinator for the past four seasons. He has prior coaching experience with Illinois State, Pitt, Clemson, South Florida and Fordham. ECU was among the worst defensive teams in the country this season, surrendering 45 points and 541.7 yards on a per-game average.
Dec 7 - 2:16 PM

ECU redshirt senior WR Davon Grayson (back/hip) returned to action in Saturday's game against Memphis.

Grayson dinged up his back and hip during pregame warmups prior to last weekend's game against Cincinnati and subsequently sat out that contest. Back at it, now. He's caught two passes for 10 yards through the first two-plus quarters versus Memphis on Saturday.
Nov 25 - 2:15 PM

ECU senior WR Trevon Brown posted nine receptions for 270 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 48-20 victory against Cincinnati.

The highlight of the day was a 95-yard scoring connection with QB Gardner Minshew, and he also hauled in a 20-yard TD from backup Reid Herring in the fourth quarter. The 270 receiving yards was a school record, which is quite impressive considering ECU has had NFL wideouts like Aundrae Allison, Terrance Copper, Justin Hardy, Dwayne Harris, Zay Jones, etc. Brown will look to wrap up the season on a high note at Memphis next Saturday.
Nov 18 - 4:24 PM

ECU redshirt senior WR Davon Grayson (back, hop) was unable to play on Saturday against Cincinnati.

Grayson tweaked his back and hip early in pregame warmups and wasn't able to play in the 48-20 victory over the Bearcats. His status for next week's game against Memphis should be updated next week.
Nov 18 - 4:09 PM

ECU junior QB Gardner Minshew completed 31-of-45 passes for 444 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 48-20 win against Cincinnati.

The highlight of the day for the Pirates was a 95-yard scoring connection between Minshew and WR Trevon Brown, as the duo reminded ECU fans of Shane Carden to Justin Hardy. Minshew has taken control of the offense and tossed 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions over his past four outings. He and the Pirates have a tough task at Memphis next Saturday in the regular season finale.
Nov 18 - 4:07 PM

East Carolina senior WR Quay Johnson (knee) will miss the remainder of the season.

Johnson (5'10/184) was having a solid season for the Pirates, catching 47 passes for 464 yards and three touchdowns. The senior wideout hurt his knee in last week's loss to Tulane. His absence means more targets for Trevon Brown, Jimmy Williams, Davon Grayson and the rest of the ECU receivers.
Nov 13 - 8:37 PM

ECU junior QB Gardner Minshew will remain the school's starter for the rest of the season.

Minshew rotated with Thomas Sirk for spots this season, but with Sirk out that makes Minshew the easy call. He has been hit or miss, and the last two games are a good example. He threw for over 450 yards and three touchdowns against Houston and followed it up with a 228 yard, one touchdown performance against Tulane.
Nov 13 - 11:44 AM

ECU sophomore RB Hussein Howe rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Saturday's 31-24 overtime loss to Tulane.

Howe (5'9/183) scored on a 25-yard run midway through the second quarter. Prior to the sophomore's nice showing on Saturday, he had managed more than 50 yards rushing twice in nine games. ECU will limp to the finish line with games against Cincinnati and Memphis over the next two weekends.
Nov 11 - 11:40 PM

ECU senior WR Trevon Brown caught 11 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 52-27 loss to Houston on Saturday.

This was easily Brown's best game of the season, as he posted season highs in catches, yards and touchdowns. ECU is trying to fill in for the production of Zay Jones, and Brown might be their best option.
Nov 4 - 5:32 PM

ECU redshirt senior WR Davon Grayson caught 10 passes for 164 yards in Saturday's 33-17 win over BYU.

Grayson was unable to find the end zone in the victory -- ECU's second of the season -- but his was a marvelous performance nonetheless. While the Pirates are inarguably one of the worst teams in the FBS, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound redshirt senior has put up a fine statistical season to date, having now caught 47 passes for 795 yards and six touchdowns over the course of seven games played.
Oct 21 - 10:41 PM

ECU redshirt senior QB Thomas Sirk will not return to Saturday's game against BYU due to a right arm injury.

Sirk was replaced by Gardner Minshew after injuring his arm and was later spotted on the sidelines with a bag of ice taped to the appendage. He'll have a week to rest up on bye before the Pirates' date with Houston on November 4.
Oct 21 - 10:06 PM

ECU redshirt senior QB Thomas Sirk will start Saturday's game against BYU.

Sirk and Gardner Minshew have both seen playing time this season, but it will be Sirk who draws the start against the Cougars. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has thrown for 1,473 yards (55.2% completions) with a forgettable 9/8 TD/INT ratio in six games during the current campaign.
Oct 20 - 7:09 PM

ECU redshirt senior WR Davon Grayson caught six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 63-21 loss to UCF.

Grayson came through with a four-yard touchdown catch with under two minutes remaining in the first half. That merely drew the Pirates to within 35-14. There would be no surprise comeback after halftime. ECU is one of the worst teams in the FBS, but that hasn't stopped Grayson from chugging along for respectable numbers. He's the owner of a 37-631-6 receiving line through seven games.
Oct 14 - 11:01 PM

ECU redshirt senior WR Davon Grayson caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 61-31 loss to USF.

A fine encore after Grayson posted a gigantic 11-223-3 line in last Sunday's 41-38 win over UConn. He's surpassed Jimmy Williams as Thomas Sirk's go-to receiver. Grayson has exceeded 75 yards receiving in four of ECU's five games this season.
Sep 30 - 3:47 PM

ECU redshirt senior WR Davon Grayson caught 11 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 41-38 win over UConn.

The Huskies possess one of the worst secondaries in the country and Grayson readily took advantage. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder's highlight grab came on a 75-yard touchdown catch in the opening minutes of the third quarter. On the play in question, he hauled in the pass on the left sideline about 20 yards downfield, then made a Saquon Barkley-esque jump cut back to the right which caused two UConn defenders to collide while he raced to glory. Grayson has put in at least 75 yards receiving in three of four games this season, with Sunday's performance his first of the 100-yard variety (and the 200-yard variety, at that).
Sep 24 - 4:04 PM

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