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Following his Sunday morning arrest, ECU redshirt sophomore DE Chandon Hickerson was charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, reckless driving to endanger and failure to obey a stop sign/flashing lights.

Hickerson (6'3/231) was arrested in the dawning hours this past Sunday morn. Further details regarding the indiscretions which led to that arrest have not yet been made public. On Tuesday, a spokesperson relayed that Pirates HC Scottie Montgomery had spoken with the redshirt sophomore and that the program was in the process of gathering and sorting through information. As of yet, no suspension of any variety has been issued. It's possible that discipline could be handled internally in this case. Hickerson registered 15 tackles in nine games during the past campaign.
May 4 - 12:24 PM

Giants signed East Carolina WR Davon Grayson.

Grayson (6’1/187) lost the entire 2016 season to a back injury, then battled further back and hip problems as a senior but still managed a 59/886/15.0/6 receiving line to earn honorable mention All-American Athletic Conference. Grayson showed below-par athleticism at the Combine, running 4.51 with pedestrian vertical (34 ½") and broad (10’4") jumps. An outside receiver for the Pirates, Grayson’s best NFL position may be in the slot, where he offers plus quickness and reliable hands. Ultimately, Grayson profiles as a big-league long shot.
May 2 - 6:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared ECU WR Davon Grayson to Oakland Raiders WR Johnny Holton.

"Grayson has the athletic ability to get some separation in tight quarters and may have the ability to work all three levels of the field," Zierlein writes. The 6-foot-1, 199-pounder tested in the 56th percentile of NFL wideouts at the combine, a sturdy enough mark to help keep him in the late Day 3 mix. Zierlein notes that he "flashed intriguing ball skills and competitiveness on his 2017 tape."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 6:06 PM

East Carolina received a verbal commitment from previously uncommitted three-star 2019 QB Bryan Gagg.

Gagg has only the offer from ECU at this time, but it sounds like his recruitment could pick up as the year progresses. He was rated as the 35th best pro-style quarterback by 247 Sports; and Duke, Purdue, N.C. State, UCF, Boston College, Wisconsin, Temple and Cincinnati reportedly still have interest in the 6-foot-2, 188-pound signal-caller.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 26 - 3:27 PM

ECU redshirt senior DT Tyree Owens (academics) is no longer listed on the roster.

It's been a bumpy collegiate ride for Owens, who initially joined West Virginia as a three-star recruit in the 2014 recruiting class. His stay with the Mountaineers lasted just one season before he was dismissed due to a violation of team rules. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder proceeded to drop down to the JUCO ranks for the 2016 season before resurfacing at East Carolina last February. He started three contests for the Pirates in 2017 and registered 30 tackles (3.5 for loss) and a forced fumble over the course of 10 total games played. And now he's out a home once more. Per ECU, Owens has been axed from the roster due to a violation of the team's academic policies.
Mar 17 - 12:38 PM

WNCT 9 reports that ECU AD Jeff Compher will resign from his position.

Per the outlet's report, an official announcement is expected for Friday. Compher has been guiding the athletic department since April of 2013. Last June, he was awarded a contract extension through April of 2023
Source: wnct.com
Mar 8 - 6:32 PM

FBSchedules.com passes along that ECU and Marshall have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2023 and 2025.

This is the second home-and-home series scheduled between the teams for the next eight seasons, as they will also be tangoing in 2020 and 2021. As for this series even further down the road, ECU will play host to the Thundering Herd on Sept. 9, 2023, with Marshall set to return the favor on Sept. 13, 2025. The two squads have played 15 times before -- though not since 2013 -- with ECU holding a 10-5 advantage overall.
Feb 15 - 2:18 PM

East Carolina redshirt senior RB Derrell Scott will transfer.

Scott will apparently finish out the spring semester before transferring in the summer. We haven't seen confirmation on this, but it's likely that Scott will have graduated by then. If so, he'll be immediately eligible to play wherever he wins up. A consensus four-star recruit coming out of high school, Scott signed with Tennessee before transferring to ECU in 2015. He managed only 139 yards and two touchdowns on 3.4 YPC for the Pirates. All of that came last season.
Jan 24 - 10:46 PM

ECU redshirt senior edge rusher Yiannis Bowden is no longer on the roster.

Bowden (6'5/227) is long and athletic (a reported 40 in the 4.5s). Unfortunately, he was unable to live up to his potential with the Pirates. Bowden was ruled academically ineligible prior to last season. He's likely seeking a transfer.
Jan 24 - 9:41 PM

East Carolina redshirt senior RB Anthony Scott is expected to return after missing the 2017 season.

Scott (5'9/190) missed all of 2017 due to an academic issue, and briefly left the program. He'll be granted a redshirt, and assuming the issue with grades is solved, he should be back on the field in time for spring practice. He ran for 384 yards as a junior, and also caught 23 passes. He could be a big part of the Pirates' offense in 2018.
Jan 22 - 6:26 PM

East Carolina hired former Tennessee OL coach Don Mahoney to the same position.

Mahoney served as Tennessee's DL coach from 2013-16. He spent last season at a D-II program in West Virginia. Prior to joining the Vols staff, Mahoney was the DL coach at Tulane (1999-2006), Central Michigan (2007-09) and Cincinnati (2010-12).
Jan 18 - 2:38 PM

East Carolina has promoted Daric Riley to safety coach.

Riley was previously listed as a quality control assistant and special teams analyst. He's also served as a special teams coordinator for UAB, and worked as an assistant at Jacksonville State.
Jan 12 - 7:14 PM

East Carolina redshirt junior RB Devin Anderson will transfer.

Anderson (5'9/208) played sparingly during the 2017 season, seeing just 29 carries and spinning those into 83 yards at a rough 2.9 YPC clip. A hamstring injury played a part in his troubled statistical output. He's the second ECU back to announce transfer intentions this winter, joining Derrell Scott in exiting stage left. Hussein Howe and Darius Pinnix will likely see the bulk of work on the ground for the Pirates next season.
Jan 9 - 3:35 PM

ECU hired Sam Houston State DL coach Rodrique Wright to serve in the same capacity.

"We look forward to having Rodrique's energy and level of engagement on our staff and the positive impact he will have on that particular position group and in recruiting," said HC Scottie Montgomery in a statement. Wright has been with Sam Houston State for the past four seasons, working as defensive line coach in each of the last two campaigns.
Source: 247Sports
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 04:58:00 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 02:16:00 PM


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