It was brought to my attention today that Yahoo! Sport’s rivals.com listed the Pirates as No. 36 on their Preseason 120 list. Not too far off from the top 25, eh? The article breaks down who will be this year’s star power, impact newcomer, and the biggest problem on both the Pirate offense and defense.
If you are like us at 200YTL, you have been looking forward to a big 2009 season since losing to Kentucky in the Liberty bowl in January. This write-up is sure to wet your pallet. Make sure to give it a good thorough read. I learned that if (when) the Pirates go to the bowl this year, it will be the fourth consecutive bowl for the first time in school history. (Check back later for a post on that.)
Rivals.com writes that after the NCAA granted Patrick Pinkney a sixth year of eligibility, the Pirates have a “solid, if not spectacular, leader on offense.” It all adds up to the No. 36 ranking in the Rivals.com Preseason 120.
“Skip Holtz has done an excellent job rebuilding East Carolina into a consistent league challenger. Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson oversees an aggressive unit, and he is underrated nationally. Todd Fitch and Steve Shankweiler serve as co-offensive coordinators, and they need to make sure ECU is more explosive this season, which shouldn’t be difficult considering the amount of talent the Pirates have on that side of the ball.”
The Pirates are expected to win C-USA East again. Holtz has the Pirates humming along. The defensive line and secondary are big-time units, and the offensive line should pave the way for a much more productive rushing attack. ECU should be expected to again qualify for the league title game.
Cheer for East Car’lina, Cheer for old E.C., We know we’re the finest, Onward to victory! GO PIRATES!!!