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Holton Ahlers takes command of offense

Holton Ahlers takes command of offense

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Holton Ahlers delved deep into the playbook during the bye week then practiced Tuesday in preparation for Memphis. East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery likes what he has seen.“We had a good day at quarterback,” he said of the true...

Five observations as Pirates enter bye week

Five observations as Pirates enter bye week

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Holton Ahlers provided East Carolina fans hope as the hometown kid that turned down ACC, SEC and Big Ten schools. The D.H. Conley High gradute was a recruiting coup for coach Scottie Montgomery.Now, Montgomery is holding on to that hope...

Ahlers moves ball but turnovers hurt Pirates

Ahlers moves ball but turnovers hurt Pirates

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina quarterback Holton Ahlers threw for 406 yards and sparked a second-half rally in his first career start, but No. 10-ranked Central Florida eventually overwhelmed the Pirates.UCF beat ECU 37-10 to extend its...

Central Florida presents blue blood challenge

Central Florida presents blue blood challenge

Think back to the off-season. Imagine the team that Scott Frost coaches -- college football blue blood Nebraska – playing East Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.The drumbeat of anticipation would be deafeningClick here for the rest of my N&O story

ECU players say they back their coaches

ECU players say they back their coaches

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s losses and margins of defeat are mounting. Midway through the 2018, ECU is starting to resemble its 2016 and 2017 back-to-back 3-9 seasons.The Pirates (2-4, 0-3 AAC) have lost three of four with the latest being a...

Montgomery names Ahlers starting QB

Montgomery names Ahlers starting QB

East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery confirmed on Monday a quarterback switch to Holton Ahlers. He had hinted at the move following Saturday’s loss to Houston.Ahlers makes his first career start against UCF, the American Athletic Conference defending champion riding a 19-game...

ECU improving but unable to overcome errors

ECU improving but unable to overcome errors

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s rebuilding football program has shown signs of improvement from back-to-back 3-9 seasons the past two years, but the margin of error is so slim the Pirates are slipping deeper under .500.Houston took an early two-touchdown lead, held off an ECU rally...

Oliver best Montgomery has seen since Donald

Oliver best Montgomery has seen since Donald

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s Nate Harvey is leading the nation in tackles for loss and sacks, but he could be overshadowed Saturday by Houston junior defensive tackle Ed Oliver.Oliver, who’s 6-2 and 292 pounds, is the nation’s top lineman....

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...