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Football Preview: 2018 East Carolina Pirates

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Scottie Montgomery is on the hot seat, as he enters his third season as the East Carolina Pirates head coach. In just two seasons, his teams only have six wins, while they also have 18 losses.

Montgomery will look to turn that record around, as he attempts to save his job in 2018.

Garner Minshew attempting a pass against the Houston Cougars (Getty Images)

Garner Minshew attempting a pass against the Houston Cougars (Getty Images)

Gardner Minshew is projected to be the team’s starting signal-caller. Minshew went 174 of 304 for 2,140 passing yards. He also had 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Hussein Howe is projected to be the starting running back. The sophomore back had 96 carries for 434 yards and three touchdowns.

Tahj Deans is projected to be the starting WR-X this season, while Deondre Farrier is slated to be the starting WR-H. Trevon Brown is expected to be the team’s starting WR-Z in 2018. Anthony Watley is expected to be the starting tight end this season.

Brown was the team’s leading receiver last season, as he had 60 receptions for 1,069 yards and seven touchdowns.

Montgomery will have to fill the role at right tackle on the offensive line. D’Ante Smith is projected to be the starting left tackle. Des Barmore is expected to be the team’s starting left guard. John Spellacy, a true freshman, is slated to be the team’s starting center.

Garrett McGhin is expected to be the team’s starting right guard.

Shaun James and Kendall Futrell are expected to be the team’s starting defensive ends on the Pirates defense. Alex Turner and Jalen Price are also expected to be the team’s starting defensive tackles.

Cannon Gibbs and Aaron Ramseur are expected to be the team’s starting linebackers. Keyshawn Canady, Colby Gore, and Corey Seargent are slated to be team’s starting cornerbacks.

True freshman Davondre Robinson is expected to start at free safety, while Devon Sutton is expected to start at strong safety.

The Pirates lost their top three defensive players from last season, but Ramseur was the fourth-leading tackler with 57. He also had 2.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, two pass deflections, and one quarterback hurry.

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