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From walk on to leading the nation

From walk on to leading the nation

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s Nate Harvey leads the nation in both tackles for loss and sacks.Harvey, a senior defensive end who played at Knightdale High School, has both a higher tackles for loss total (14) and average through five games (2.8) than...

Brown better than breakout season a year ago

Brown better than breakout season a year ago

BY TOM SHANAHAN, CorrespondentGREENVILLE _ East Carolina fans awaiting Trevon Brown putting up a 270-yard receiving day or one of his other four 100-yard performances need not worry that he is off his game from a year ago.While the senior wide receiver hasn’t connected for some...

East Carolina taking on the unexpected

East Carolina taking on the unexpected

East Carolina’s football team returned home at 4 a.m. Sunday following 12 hotel days, countless texts and calls to family coping with Hurricane Florence and, finally, an agonizing Saturday night loss at South Florida.If the Pirates had turned up flat in their American Athletic...

Pirates are weathered by past hurricanes

Pirates are weathered by past hurricanes

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentThreatening weather and canceled football games used to be a rare combination.Not so much anymore. ... Click here for the rest of my News and Observer storyClick here for more ECU football and Hurricane Florence* * *I invite you...

Montgomery comments on Virginia Tech tweet

Montgomery comments on Virginia Tech tweet

In the era of social media, there’s little doubt that East Carolina’s football team knew about a Virginia Tech tweet that seemed to question the Pirates’ decision to cancel their Sept. 15 game against the Hokies.ECU last Tuesday announced its football team would not be traveling...

How Montgomery prepared ECU for big boys

How Montgomery prepared ECU for big boys

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Scottie Montgomery understood East Carolina football’s history upon being named head coach in 2016. And he hasn’t backed away from “playing up” against Power 5 schools with their recruiting resource advantages.“We play Power 5 opponents...

Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- 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...

Pirates squander opportunities in loss

Pirates squander opportunities in loss

By Tom Shanahan, Correspondent GREENVILLE -- East Carolina needed any kind of season-opening victory for encouragement following back-to-back 3-9 seasons in head coach Scottie Montgomery’s first two seasons, but the Pirates are still searching.ECU left too many points on the...

Montgomery and Herring finally team up

Montgomery and Herring finally team up

GREENVILLE -- Scottie Montgomery long hoped to coach Reid Herring, but the former Duke offensive coordinator didn’t expect the Millbrook High alum would be his starting quarterback as East Carolina’s head coach.“I recruited Reid at Duke; we recruited him hard,” Montgomery said....

Pirates add impact player without transfer

Pirates add impact player without transfer

GREENVILLE -- Scottie Montgomery spoke glowingly of Kendall Futrell early in fall camp. East Carolina’s head coach sounded as if he had added a 5-star prospect that transferred in from recruiting heavyweights Alabama, Clemson or Ohio State.“Two days into camp, what I’ll say...