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NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks called ECU TE Bryce Williams "a long, rangy pass catcher with sneaky route running skills."

"[Williams] has a knack for creating separation between the hashes," Brooks noted. This past season, the 6-foot-6, 258-pound receiving target caught 58 passes for 583 yards and four touchdowns. In November, CBS Sports draft guru Dane Brugler praised his quickness and balance, labeling him a "tough scrappy player" who plays "like a bigger version of Riley Cooper on the field."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 7:58 PM

WNCT Greenville's Brain Bailey reports that ECU junior QB Blake Kemp will leave the football program.

Per Bailey, Kemp spoke with new HC Scottie Montgomery to inform him of his decision. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound senior will be heading home to Arizona, now. This past season, he threw for 2,658 yards (69.3% completions) with a 16/10 TD/INT ratio. Sophomore QB Kurt Benkert and Rutgers transfer QB Phillip Nelson figure to battle for the starting gig this spring with Kemp out of the picture.
Source: wnct.com
Jan 16 - 12:10 PM

ECU AD Jeff Compher said he was "looking for Superman" when he hired Duke OC Scottie Montgomery to be the team's next head coach.

Said Compher, "As I look at our next head coach I don’t see a cape and I don’t see an ‘S’ on his chest, but I do see a man who meets and exceeds the qualities that we’re looking for in our next head coach" Montgomery takes over for Ruffin McNeill, who received his walking papers on December 4 despite a 42-34 record across six seasons with the Pirates. For his part, Montgomery--who's spent the last two seasons as Duke's offensive coordinator--said that his No. 1 priority is to unite the players already on the team.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 09:09:00 PM

East Carolina hired Duke OC Scottie Montgomery as head coach.

There might be a method to the Pirates' offseason madness, but we're missing it. East Carolina fired Ruffin McNeill on Dec. 4. McNeill rescued the program from mediocrity, going 42-34 with a bowl win and a few marquee upsets over six seasons. Now, ECU is apparently banking on the unproven Montgomery winning in a very difficult; the Pirates reside in recruiting area infested with bigger sharks. His resume includes having spent three years coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers' receivers. He's been the Blue Devils' offensive coordinator for the past two years.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 06:00:00 PM

ECU has fired head coach Ruffin McNeill after six seasons as head coach.

Many in the industry seemed stunned by the news. McNeill and ECU went 5-7 this season, but went 8-5, 10-3 and 8-5 in the previous three seasons. A drop in wins was expected after the team lost the super productive combination of Shane Carden and Justin Hardy.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 11:23:00 AM

East Carolina (5-7) will not accept a bowl invitation if they're offered.

The NCAA is going to have to add at least a few teams with losing records to the bowl roster because there aren't enough qualifiers to fill all the slots. The 5-7 Pirates weren't likely to be tabbed, but they removed all suspense officially. "While we understand there are still numerous programs with higher APR scores ahead of us who merit stronger consideration, we have already determined that we would decline an offer should one be extended," East Carolina Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said in a released statement. "Our efforts should be centered on positioning the Pirates for future championships." Nebraska and Illinois will accept invitations if offered, while Missouri is the only team outside of ECU that announced it would decline.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 10:01:00 PM

ECU senior TE Bryce Williams "wins in the passing game by slipping past would-be defenders with quickness and balance and making sure-handed catches," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

CBS currently ranks Williams No. 2 among senior tight ends. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has compared the 6-foot-6, 258-pounder to Jace Amaro. Though Williams is huge, he isn't an elite blocker. He's more of a movable chess piece in the passing game, which you already know the NFL loves. "Williams is a tough, scrappy player who can line up inline, in the backfield and out wide, playing like a bigger version of Riley Cooper on the field," Dane Brugler wrote last month.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 03:54:00 PM

East Carolina junior WR Isaiah Jones "sports the tapered frame NFL scouts are looking for, with broad shoulders, long arms and fluid athleticism," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Jones is only just now blowing out the candles on his coming out party, as he had 14 catches for 164 yards and two scores Friday against UCF. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder has taken to Justin Hardy's old gig well, recording 86 catches for 975 yards (11.3 yards per catch) and five touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 11:29:00 AM

East Carolina junior WR Isaiah Jones caught 14 passes for 164 yards and two scores in ECU's 44-7 win over UCF on Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound wideout tied a career high in receptions (14) on Thursday, while leading all players in yards and scoring. Jones teamed up with junior quarterback Blake Kemp as they shredded UCF's secondary. The ECU prospect has hauled in 86 passes for 975 yards, averaging 11.3 yards per catch, with 5 TDs on the season.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 02:25:00 PM

ECU senior TE Bryce Williams accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

We consider the 6-foot-6, 258-pound former fullback a sort of poor man's Jace Amaro. The Pirates often line Williams up in the slot and have him run crossing routes over the middle. He can also play H-back and block on the edge or at the second level. Williams also has sure hands.
Source: Senior Bowl
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 07:19:00 PM

The Senior Bowl has invited ECU TE Bryce Williams to the event.

Williams typically lines up in the slot and runs crossing routes over the middle of the field. ECU also asks Williams to move into an H-back role and block on the edge or at the second level, where he shows effort and willingness. Williams might have some similarities to Jace Amaro.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 10:59:00 AM

East Carolina junior WR Isaiah Jones caught nine passes for 85 yards in Friday's 31-13 loss to UConn.

The Pirate offense wasn't able to find a groove on Friday, but Jones was at least able to mount something vaguely resembling a statistical showing. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound junior came up just one catch short of notching his fifth 10-catch effort of the season. Overall, he's nabbed 70 passes for 786 yards and three touchdowns.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 12:07:00 AM

East Carolina senior TE Bryce Williams plays "like a bigger version of Riley Cooper on the field," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He moves like a wide receiver and catches the ball well in stride, displaying a good-sized catching radius and aggressive ballskills to pluck in contested situations. Although he lacks ideal power as a ballcarrier, Williams is a tough, scrappy player who can line up inline, in the backfield and out wide, playing like a bigger version of Riley Cooper on the field," Brugler writes. On the year, Williams has hauled in a career-best 38 receptions for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 258-pound former fullback, is one of 35 players named to the John Mackey Midseason Award Watch List, presented annually to college football's most outstanding tight end.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 02:23:00 PM

East Carolina junior WR Isaiah Jones recorded 10 receptions for 106 yards in Thursday's 24-14 loss against Virginia Tech.

It was his fourth double-digit catch game of 2015. With Justin Hardy off to the NFL, Jones has taken his game to a new level. The First-Team Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele Magazine and Sporting News has 61 catches for 701 yards and three touchdowns. He's quickly closing in on last year's 81-830-5 line.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 11:23:00 PM

East Carolina junior WR Jimmy Williams (ankle) will miss Thursday's game against Temple.

ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill doesn't have an update on his status, so it's difficult to know if Williams is progressing or not. Last year, as a sophomore, Williams posted 22 catches for 254 yards (11.5 YPC).
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 09:30:00 PM


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