Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina
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Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

East Carolina wide receiver was ignored by his older brother Austin's school

Photo: Blake Proehl

By Tom Shanahan, Correspondent

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s players thrive on chances to show ACC schools they were overlooked, but the Pirates were beaten last week by another team motivated by the desire to prove themselves.

North Carolina A&T, a Football Championship Subdivision member, last week upset ECU, a Football Bowl Subdivision school. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Blake Proehl, who made his college debut with nine catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, was as subdued as any of the Pirates following the 28-23 defeat. ... 

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