With starter Rob Kass (#14, 6-4 247, r-So., 5.10) suspended for this game,
ECU will go with two untested quarterbacks, Brett Clay (#11, 5-11 201, r-So.,
4.63) and Patrick Pinkney (#15, 6-0 198, r-Jr., 4.68). Both Clay and Pinkney
provide mobility, but Kass had clearly won the QB battle with a strong arm and
good pocket presence. I have not seen Clay play, but I watched Pinkney in a
North Carolina all-star game four years ago. Pinkney outplayed Tech reserve QB
Cory Holt in that game, showing good poise and the ability to make plays. He did
not have a very strong arm at that time, but he was very thin (around 170
pounds), so he may have gained some arm strength over time.
Dominique Lindsay (#24, 5-8 207, Jr., 4.55) is a former scat back who has
bulked up from 175 pounds as a freshman. Lindsay would appear to be similar to
Kenny Lewis in being a speed back that has added considerable muscle since
starting college. Lindsay should be more effective between the tackles with the
increased size, but he is still primarily an outside running threat.
Chris Johnson (#5, 5-11 195, Sr., 4.49) is a threat both running and
receiving, amassing over 1,000 yards on offense last year. Johnson is almost
exclusively an outside threat, and he will be Tech’s biggest concern on the ECU
offense. He will line up in multiple positions to place him in the most
favorable match-up. I expect to see him a lot in the slot, and watch for him on
reverses and misdirection running plays. Also, Johnson is an excellent kick
returner, so Tech needs to keep him contained on kickoffs as well.
East Carolina’s primary reserve is Norman Whitley (#33, 5-9 187, r-Fr., 4.53)
who was a blue-chip recruit from powerhouse Richmond County (NC) High School.
When ECU uses a fullback, look for Jason Simmons (#43, 6-0 249, r-Jr.) or Kevin
Gidrey (#45, 6-2 254, So.) from Kempsville (VA) High School.
Steven Rogers (#83, 6-0 182, Sr., 4.64)...
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