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2010 ECU: A Closer Look

2009 Record: 9-5 overall, 7-1 CUSA

Player To Watch:

Dewayne Harris, SR, WR, 6-0, 205

His speed is expected to pay dividends in the Pirates new spread offense. Last season, as a slot receiver he caught 83 passes for 978 yards, though he stood out most as a member of special teams. He was named Conference USA special teams player of the year, ranked 19th national with a 27.0 kick return average.

Best-case Scenario

The Pirates find instant success under first-year coach Ruffin McNeill. They implement their new spread offense with a new quarterback and find cohesion on defense despite their inexperience. Standout players emerge from the back-up ranks after given opportunity to play.

Worst-case Scenario

Outsiders are looking at the season as the first in a difficult rebuilding project in Greenville. The Pirates could falter early in a new offense and never work out the kinks, applying pressure to a defense that can not hold.

2010 Schedule

Sept. 5 Tulsa

Sept. 11 Memphis

Sept. 18 at Virginia Tech

Oct. 2 at North Carolina

Oct. 9 at Southern Mississippi

Oct. 16 N.C. State

Oct. 23 Marshall

Oct. 30 at Central Florida

Nov. 6 Navy

Nov. 11 Alabama Birmingham

Nov. 20 at Rice

Nov. 26 Southern Methodist

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