2002 ECU Football Outlook
Roster and Player Profiles
Season Ticket Info
Preseason Polls Glance
Preseason All-America offensive lineman Brian Rimpf
The past four seasons have been unprecedented for East Carolina University`s football program.
A model of consistency, the Pirates have put together four straight non-losing records for the first time since being classified NCAA Division I-A in 1977.
ECU has been invited to three consecutive bowl games, another first for the program during its I-A era.
The final Conference USA standings have seen the Pirates tie for second place in each of the last three seasons.
However, among last season`s departing seniors were many of the key players in that success. Missing from the 2002 roster is record-setting quarterback David Garrard, the team`s regular starter for the last three and one-half seasons. Leonard Henry, the nation`s sixth-leading rusher in 2001, has also moved on, as both he and Garrard were selected in the NFL Draft this past April. Also departed is All-America linebacker Pernell Griffin, who racked up a C-USA record 460 tackles over the past four years.
Gone are the team`s leading rusher (Henry), leading passer (Garrard), leading tackler (Griffin), and leading receiver (Derrick Collier).
The current squad is thin on returning all-star players; four of ECU`s six All C-USA honorees were seniors. For the 2002 Pirates to continue the program`s string of successful seasons, 11th-year head coach Steve Logan will depend upon a stable of talented young student-athletes who are hungry to make names for themselves.
Posted on: 07/23/2002
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