So why is the US sending troops to secure Syria's border? How about securing our own border first? I think it is...

Gore a full-go for Pirates


East Carolina's Colby Gore celebrates after making an interception during a game against Connecticut on Nov. 17, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

After grinding as a third-teamer during spring practice and preseason camp and serving a two-game suspension to begin his senior season, East Carolina cornerback Colby Gore has positioned himself again as a starter, and the Pirates want to keep it that way.

Gore started against Navy last Saturday in a 42-10 setback by the Pirates, teaming with talented true freshman Ja'Quan McMillian to try to stabilize the cornerback position. McMillian is the only corner to start all three of ECU's games, and former starter Mike Witherspoon is now listed as a co-backup with Damel Hickman behind Gore.

"There was some good and some bad on Saturday, but certainly Colby is a talented player," Pirate coach Mike Houston said. "He has started a lot of ball games here, and his ability has stood out ever since I got here (in December) and took the job. It certainly can be a boost for us having him back in the lineup.”

Houston said last week that Gore's suspension stemmed from a mistake during the winter and that he faced his consequences prior to being fully reinstated to play at Navy.

ECU (1-2) ranks 56th in the country in pass defense, allowing 204.7 yards through the air per outing, but also is 106th in red zone efficiency defense.

Like it was against Navy, despite being a very different scheme, the Pirate defense will face a William & Mary team (2-1) from the Football Championship Subdivision on Saturday that is led by its running game.

Tribe quarterback Hollis Mathis is his team's leading rusher and has only one touchdown pass compared to two interceptions. The starting running back is 5-foot-11, 215-pound sophomore Owen Wright, who ran for a career-high 108 yards last week in a win over Colgate.

ECU was solid against Navy fullback Nelson Smith up front, but it was quarterback Malcolm Perry who got loose and rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns and enjoyed seeing wide-open receivers at times to pass for two more TDs.

"It comes down to making adjustments and a discipline kind of thing, but I'm not going to say anything bad about my guys in the backfield,” said ECU senior team captain and nose guard Alex Turner, who has three sacks this year, after the defeat to the Midshipmen to begin American Athletic Conference play. "Those are my guys and I trust them 100 percent. We are going to get it straight and will be better next time."

Gore has 30 career starts and three interceptions. The 5-11, 180-pound Little River, S.C., native also could be used as a kick returner at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday, along with receivers Tyler Snead, Deondre Farrier and Jsi Hatfield.

Gore's career-high for tackles in a game was 12 against Tulsa in 2016.

The Pirates' last game versus an FCS opponent was Week 2 in a 48-9 rout of Gardner-Webb, when McMillian and linebacker Gerard Stringer each grabbed an interception for ECU's two INTs so far this year.

East Carolina defensive coordinator Bob Trott has shied away from substituting players frequently during games, which is noteworthy for this week as William & Mary's quick-hitting "go-go" offense is based on tempo.

"They are going to move at a very fast pace at times, so we have to be on it defensively," Houston said. "We have to really be communicating and lined up and make sure everybody is on the same page. We have to really focus on that side of the ball, because you have to be able to give them different looks even though they are going really fast."

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


October 20, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. — East Carolina's defensive success against UCF during the second half Saturday night, which was a major bright spot in a 41-28 loss, was a mix of adjustments and passion.

Even in allowing 41 points, just below UCF's season average, ECU took pride in outscoring the Knights…

East Carolina UCF Football

October 20, 2019

Raven Johnson is a 6-foot guard for East Carolina’s women’s basketball team who isn’t a prototypical rebounder, but she tries to make up for any height disadvantage with her hop and athleticism.

At 5-6, point guard Lashonda Monk definitely doesn’t possess ideal size for…


October 19, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. — Even without Adrian Killins, a ball of energy and quickness as one of the most dangerous players in the country when he has the football, UCF was too fast.

The Knights also scored way too many early touchdowns for the Pirates, despite their storm of a comeback attempt during…

East Carolina UCF Football-4

October 19, 2019

A two-game, all-Florida swing for the East Carolina football team to start the second half of its season begins tonight at 7 at UCF.

Before the Pirates welcome in South Florida for their homecoming next Saturday afternoon, ECU is the homecoming opponent for a talented UCF squad that is looking for…


October 19, 2019

East Carolina football plays at 7 p.m. at UCF on the CBS Sports Network. Check out the three questions you need to know (in words and video below) heading into the game:

1. Does the ECU defense force any turnovers? The common theme in the Knights’ two losses this year was turnovers. UCF had…


October 19, 2019

Q: What’s your favorite place to eat in Greenville?

A: One of my favorite places around here is the Carolina Ale House because of the wings. They are really nice.

Q: Who is the hardest hitter at practice?

A: Bruce Bivens brings the stick. Bruce Bivens can hit.

Q: What’s your go-to pump…


October 19, 2019

Here are three Knights to know for East Carolina’s football matchup at UCF:

Otis Anderson

Maybe the most unpredictable player for high-powered UCF is Anderson. He can line up at running back or at slot receiver and is worth watching to be involved in trick plays. He also has a punt return…


October 17, 2019

East Carolina University is waiting for new employment contract details regarding former ECU athletics director Jeff Compher, which could reduce the money owed to him.

Executive search firm WittKieffer announced Compher on Wednesday as a new principal in education practice, set to head recruitment…


October 17, 2019

Donnie Kirkpatrick doesn't think Demetrius Mauney is going to get any faster during his East Carolina football career, but he does think the freshman is bound to improve with time as a more complete running back.

Mauney, who is leading the Pirates in rushing this season but he has no starts and no…


October 17, 2019

East Carolina is a big road underdog against UCF in Orlando for a Saturday night football matchup at Spectrum Stadium.

Check out below for beat writer Ronnie Woodward’s three questions heading into the game:…

227 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 23
        Next Page»   Last Page»