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ECU senior WR Isaiah Jones caught 10 passes for 155 yards in the school's 54-17 loss to Virginia Tech.

Jones has double digit receptions in three out of four games this season. He has a strong chance to lead the nation in that category at the end of the season. Virginia Tech's corners are very solid, so this tape will be reviewed by NFL evaluators.
Sep 24 - 4:29 PM

Scouts graded ECU's Isaiah Jones as a top three senior WR, according to Tony Pauline.

These evaluations likely took place in the spring from one of the recruiting services. Last weekend Jones caught 22 passes for 190 yards against South Carolina. In fact, Jones already has 39 receptions to his name through three games and two contests of 180 receiving yards or more. Scouts will certainly be watching his matchup against Virginia Tech.
Sep 24 - 12:14 PM

East Carolina senior WR Isaiah Jones caught 22 passes for 190 yards in Saturday's 20-15 loss to South Carolina.

Egads. Jones was all over the place on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Pirates, none of his 22 receptions went for touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound slot magnet averaged 8.6 yards per catch with a long of 15. Through three games, Jones has caught 39 passes for 443 yards and a touchdown. You would like to see him rewarded a little bit more in the scoring department, but he is a PPR monster even when he can't find the end zone.
Sep 17 - 7:45 PM

ECU senior QB Philip Nelson went 33-for-43 for 297 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 33-30 victory over North Carolina State.

Another impressive game from the former Golden Gopher. Through two games for the resurgent Pirates, now 2-0, Nelson has completed 61-of-75 passes (81.3 percent) for 695 yards and a 6/1 TD/INT ratio. We'll find out how real this offense is over the next two weeks, as ECU has road trips to South Carolina and Virgina Tech on deck.
Sep 10 - 3:49 PM

ECU junior WR Trevon Brown has been ruled ineligible for the 2016 season by the NCAA.

No word as to the exact reason why the NCAA has barred Brown for the season. He will be allowed to practice with the Pirates so long as he remains a full-time student at the university. A year ago, the 6-foot-2, 203-pounder caught 41 passes for 496 yards and four touchdowns. Jimmy Williams figures to see starts in Brown's place. Last weekend, Williams caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Sep 8 - 2:15 PM

East Carolina senior WR Isaiah Jones caught 10 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Western Carolina.

Yikes. Jones was consistently hauling in long gains, finishing out having averaged 18.0 yards per reception. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound senior is a vacuum out of the slot -- a year ago, he caught 98 passes for 1,099 yards and five touchdowns. He sat out spring practice due to a shoulder surgery, but looks to be past that.
Sep 3 - 10:11 PM

The Big 12 has informed ECU they are not a candidate in the conference's expansion conversation, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

ECU entered their hat immediately, but never seemed to be a viable candidate. None of the current options, outside of maybe Houston, are honest candidates, but the Big 12 seems to be sticking to their decision.
Aug 31 - 11:34 AM

ECU named senior QB Philip Nelson the starter for 2016.

Nelson's journey from August walk-on in 2015 to starting Pirates gunslinger is now complete. He received a golden opportunity to secure the 2016 gig when main competition Kurt Benkert opted to transfer to Virginia in May. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Nelson initially signed with Minnesota as part of the 2012 class, but opted to transfer over to Rutgers in January of 2014. His time with the Scarlet Knights was less-than-smooth, though, and he was booted off the team in May of that same year following legal charges stemming from a fight. And now, a new opportunity to finish his collegiate career up right. Stud senior receiver Isaiah Jones called Nelson "a phenomenal playmaker."
Aug 7 - 1:37 PM

East Carolina senior WR Isaiah Jones boasts the fourth-best 2015 Pro Football Focus receiving grade of all returning receivers.

East Carolina may as well be turning into Slot Receiver U. Taking over for the great Justin Hardy, the 6-foot-1, 197-pound Jones has become a terror in his own right. Jones tied for fifth among returnees by catching 78.4 percent of his targets last season. He also ranked third with 23 forced missed tackles. "Jones will be the go-to receiver for East Carolina once again, especially in the short game," wrote Steve Palazzolo. Pro Football Focus pegs Jones as the No. 54 player in college football.
Jul 22 - 5:08 PM

Seahawks signed East Carolina LB Montese Overton.

Overton (6'2/223) earned second-team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior, wrapping his career with 35.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. Albeit an excellent athlete with 4.61 speed and a 10-foot-1 broad jump, Overton is supremely undersized with neither the cover skills to play safety nor the power game to be a full-time linebacker. He'll have to kick tail on special teams to earn an NFL wage.
May 3 - 7:12 PM

Giants signed East Carolina TE Bryce Williams.

Williams (6'6/257) was a two-year starter for the ECU Pirates, earning first-team All-American Conference as a senior and compiling an 85-959-12 (11.3 YPR) career receiving line. His workout metrics underwhelmed in Indy, managing a 4.94 forty and 29 1/2-inch vertical. Lacking the run-blocking prowess to make it as a blocking tight end and lacking speed to stretch the seam, Williams would do well to carve out a career as a No. 2 or 3 tight end.
May 3 - 6:46 PM

Cal graduate RB Jeffrey Coprich transferred to East Carolina.

Coprich will be able to suit up with the Pirates immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining to his name. The 5-foot-8, 174-pounder missed the 2014 season after breaking a bone in his foot, but in his two healthy seasons with Cal, received 54 carries for 205 yards (3.8 YPC) and two touchdowns. Scout ranked him as a three-star prospect out of high school.
Mar 22 - 3:25 PM

East Carolina senior WR Isaiah Jones (shoulder) will not participate in spring practice.

Jones is currently on the mend after undergoing shoulder surgery. On Instagram in early January, the 6-foot-1, 197-pound senior revealed that he had played "the entire [2015] season" with a torn labrum and dislocated shoulder. "Surgery is just another test I have to overcome," he wrote. Despite the injuries, he still managed to log a stellar 98-1099-5 receiving line.
Mar 15 - 2:23 PM

East Carolina dismissed redshirt junior RB Marquez Grayson due to a violation of team rules.

No further information has surfaced as to what Grayson did to find himself kicked off the Pirates, but HC Scottie Montgomery confirmed that he is no longer on the roster. The 6-foot-1, 189-pound redshirt junior played in just three games last season and rushed for 88 yards on 13 attempts. Rivals ranked the speedster as the No. 32 running back prospect in the country for the 2013 cycle.
Mar 15 - 1:58 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compared ECU TE Bryce Williams to Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar.

For reference's sake, Escobar was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2013 draft. Wrote Zierlein of Williams, "As a blocker, [the 6-foot-6, 258-pounder] needs more toughness and attitude to go with his size, but as a pass catcher, he has the tools and field-stretching potential that offensive coordinators are looking for." Last season, he worked his way to a 58-583-4 receiving line. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks compared his playing style to that of a "bigger version of Riley Cooper" in late January.
Feb 20 - 6:20 PM

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