2007 East Carolina Pirates football team

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2007 East Carolina Pirates football
Hawai'i Bowl Champions
Conference Conference USA East
2007 record 8-5 (6-3 C-USA)
Head coach Skip Holtz
Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch
Steve Shankweiler
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
(Capacity: 43,000)
Seasons
« 2006 2008 »
2007 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
UCF x   7 1         10 4  
East Carolina   6 2         8 5  
Memphis   6 2         7 6  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 6  
Marshall   3 5         3 9  
UAB   1 7         2 10  
West
Tulsa xy   6 2         10 4  
Houston x   6 2         8 5  
Tulane   3 5         4 8  
Rice   3 5         3 9  
UTEP   2 6         4 8  
SMU   0 8         1 11  
Championship: UCF 44, Tulsa 25
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 East Carolina Pirates football team represented East Carolina University in the college football season of 2007-08 and playws their home games in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The team was coached by Skip Holtz, who was in his fourth year with the program.

The Pirates have a local television contract with WITN-TV, an NBC affiliate located in Washington, NC who elects to pick up games that are not picked up by national or regional networks, and all games are broadcast over the radio on the Pirate-ISP Sports Network. The flagship radio stations of the Pirates are Pirate Radio 1250 and 930 AM and Oldies 107.9 WNCT, both located in Greenville, NC. The games are called by the "Voice of the Pirates," Jeff Charles.

Pre-Season[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 12:00pm at #9 Virginia Tech* Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPN L 17-7   66,233
September 8 6:00pm North Carolina* Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC CSTV W 34-31   43,387
September 15 6:00pm Southern Miss Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC MASN L 28-21   43,041
September 22 12:00pm at #5 West Virginia* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN L 48-7   60,021
September 29 7:00pm at Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, TX MASN W 37-35   20,719
October 6 7:30pm UCF Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC CSTV W 52-38   42,777
October 13 9:05pm at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX MASN W 45-42 OT  41,365
October 20 4:30pm NC State* Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC (ECU-NC State Rivalry) CSTV L 34-20   43,527
October 27 3:30pm UABdagger Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC MASN W 41-6   41,125
November 3 2:00pm at Memphis Liberty BowlMemphis, TN MASN W 56-40   27,186
November 10 4:30pm at Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV MASN L 26-7   26,718
November 24 1:00pm Tulane Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC MASN W 35-12   35,362
December 23 8:00pm vs. #22 Boise State Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI (Hawai'i Bowl) ESPN W 41-38   30,467
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

2007 East Carolina Pirates[1]

Quarterbacks

  • 4 Taylor Mazzone - Sophomore
  • 11 Brett Clay - Sophomore
  • 12 D.J. McFadden - Freshman
  • 13 Joseph Sloan - Sophomore
  • 14 Rob Kass - Sophomore
  • 15 Patrick Pinkney - Junior

Running Backs

  • 1 Darnell Ballard - Sophomore
  • 2 Jonathan Williams - Freshman
  • 5 Chris Johnson - Senior
  • 6 J.R. Rogers - Junior
  • 24 Dominique Lindsay - Junior
  • 25 Brandon Simmons - Junior
  • 33 Justin Brockmeyer - Sopohomre
  • 33 Norman Whitley - Redshirt Freshman
  • -- Derrick Jones - Junior

Fullbacks

  • 39 Ben Herlocker - Freshman
  • 43 Jason Simmons - Junior
  • 91 Jay Sonnhalter - Senior
  • -- David Ward - Junior

Wide Receivers

  • 7 T.J. Lee - Junior
  • 10 Jamar Bryant - Sophomore
  • 17 Dwayne Harris - Redshirt Freshman
  • 22 Michael Bowman - Freshman
  • 28 Michael Hickman - Senior
  • 32 Philip Henry - Senior
  • 80 Alex Taylor - Sophomore
  • 81 Darryl Freeney - Freshman
  • 82 Juwon Crowell - Senior
  • 83 Steven Rogers - Senior
  • 84 Javon Brumsey - Freshman
  • 85 DeMorio Waymon - Freshman
  • 88 Kyle Johnson - Sophomore
  • -- Jeremy Bullard - Junior
  • -- Anthony Green - Redshirt Freshman
 

Tight Ends

  • 3 Davon Drew - Junior
  • 85 Martin Tanski - Sophomore
  • 86 Michael Byrd - Freshman
  • 87 J.R. Kraemer - Junior
  • 89 Will Towery - Freshman

Offensive Line

  • 54 Sean Allen - Sophomore
  • 57 Fred Hicks - Junior
  • 60 Andrew Farr - Redshirt Freshman
  • 62 Larry Lease - Redshirt Freshman
  • 63 Doug Polochak - Redshirt Freshman
  • 64 Travis Melvin - Redshirt Freshman
  • 65 Travis Bastin - Redshirt Freshman
  • 66 D.J. Scott - Redshirt Freshman
  • 68 Matt Butler - Senior
  • 69 Willie Barton - Junior
  • 70 Doug Palmer - Sophomore
  • 72 Stephen Heis - Sophomore
  • 75 Cory Dowless - Sophomore
  • 76 Josh Coffman - Senior
  • 78 Stanley Bryant - Junior
  • 79 Brandon Setzer - Junior

Defensive Line

  • 41 Zack Slate - Junior
  • 53 Scotty Robinson - Sophomore
  • 56 Chris Atkins - Redshirt Freshman
  • 89 Craig Harper - Senior
  • 90 Jay Ross - Sophomore
  • 92 Marcus Hands - Junior
  • 93 Kwaku Danso - Sophomore
  • 93 Maurice Mercer - Freshman
  • 94 Willie Smith - Redshirt Freshman
  • 95 C.J. Wilson - Sophomore
  • 96 Mark Robinson - Senior
  • 97 Linval Joseph - Freshman
  • 98 Khalif Mitchell - Junior
  • 99 Antonio Allison - Freshman
  • 99 Nweike Osemene - Senior
 

Linebackers

  • 31 Lorenzo Osborne - Sophomore
  • 34 Pierre Bell - Junior
  • 40 Cliff Perryman - Freshman
  • 42 Danny Muhwezi - Senior
  • 44 Nick Johnson - Sophomore
  • 46 A.J. Johnson - Redshirt Freshman
  • 47 Orlando Farrow - Senior
  • 48 Durwin Lamb - Senior
  • 49 Jeremy Chambliss - Sophomore
  • 50 Quentin Cotton - Junior
  • 51 Fred Wilson - Senior
  • 55 Dalvon Mack - Junior
  • 55 Steve Spence - Freshman
  • 56 Juan Quintanilla - Junior
  • 58 Austin Haynes - Freshman

Defensive Backs

  • 22 Kris Bell - Sophomore
  • 24 Jeremy Bullock - Sophomore
  • 26 Derek Blacknall - Freshman
  • 27 Spencer Hampton - Redshirt Freshman
  • 27 Devon Wallace - Freshman
  • 28 Matt Thompson - Freshman
  • 37 Julian Carter - Freshman
  • 38 Emanuel Davis - Freshman
  • 40 Kurtis von Bargen - Junior

Cornerback

  • 8 Travis Williams - Senior
  • 35 Jerek Hewett - Junior
  • 13 Travis Simmons - Freshman
  • 21 Darryl Reynolds - Freshman
  • 23 Dekota Marshall - Redshirt Freshman
 

Safeties

  • 1 Leon Best - Junior
  • 4 Van Eskridge - Sophomore
  • 9 Melvin Patterson - Senior
  • 20 J.J. Milbrook - Junior
  • 19 Chris Mattocks - Sophomore

Punters

  • 5 Nathan Przestrzelski - Redshirt Freshman
  • 14 Matt Dodge - Sophomore

Kickers

  • 30 Ben Hartman - Sophomore

Long Snappers

  • 59 Wilson Raynor - Junior
  • 52 Corey Bass - Junior
† Starter at position

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Years at ECU Alma Mater
Head Coach: Skip Holtz 3rd Notre Dame '86
Offensive Coordinator/
Quarterbacks Coach:
Todd Fitch 1st Ohio Wesleyan '86
Defensive Coordinator
Linebacker Coach:
Greg Hudson 2nd Notre Dame '90
Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Linemen Coach:
Steve Shankweiler 3rd(13th overall) Davidson '74
Assistant Head Coach/
Secondarys Coach
Rick Smith 3rd Florida State '71
Director of Strength & Conditioning Michael Golden 2nd Central Connecticut State '92
Defensive End Coach/
Special Teams
Vernon Hargreaves 1st Connecticut '86
Wide Receiver Coach/
Recruiting Coordinator
Donnie Kirkpatrick 3rd Lenoir-Rhyne '82
Tight Ends Coach: Phil Petty 3rd South Carolina '01
Director of HS Football Relations Harold Robinson 3rd East Carolina '72
Defensive Tackle Coach Thomas Roggeman 3rd Notre Dame '85
Running Backs Coach Wardell "Junior" Smith 3rd East Carolina '97
Director of Operations Clifford Snow 2nd Central Connecticut State '83
Staff Assistant/
Defense Coach
Tim Carter 2nd Tulane '01
Staff Assistant/
Offense Coach
Paul Troth 2nd Liberty '05
Administrative Assistant to Coach Holtz Courtney Bishop - -
Administrative Assistant Ann Coyle - East Carolina '06
Administrative Assistant Ryan Ormond - North Carolina '02

Game notes[edit]

Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 0 7 0 0 7
#9 Virginia Tech 3 7 0 7 17

Recap: Week 1

The Pirates traveled to Blacksburg for an emotional game that marked the first football game since thirty-two students lost their lives in a shooting on the Virginia Tech campus. Prior to the game, the Hokies led the all-time series 8-4-1. The Pirates entered the game without starting quarterback Rob Kass and struggled offensively. After a costly interception returned for a touchdown by Macho Harris followed by a Sean Glennon touchdown pass, the Pirates were defeated by Virginia Tech, 17-7.

North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina 10 7 14 0 31
East Carolina 7 10 14 3 34

Recap: Week 2

The Pirates welcomed the Tar Heels to Greenville for only the second time in this series' history. North Carolina went into the game leading the all-time record 8-1-1 after a 28-17 victory in Greenville in 2003, but they would be unable to repeat. Quarterback Patrick Pinkney led the Pirates offensively and completed 31 of 41 passes for 406 yards, but North Carolina's T.J. Yates would answer by throwing three touchdowns and keeping the game close. A costly mistake by the Tar Heels set up the final drive, where after missing all prior field goals in the game, Placekicker Ben Hartman made the game winning field goal, leading the Pirates to defeat the Tar Heels in Greenville for the first time ever, 34-31.

Southern Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Southern Miss 0 14 0 14 28
East Carolina 0 0 21 0 21


West Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 0 0 0 7 7
#5 West Virginia 10 17 14 7 48


Houston[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 0 20 17 0 37
Houston 7 14 14 0 35


UCF[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCF 14 14 3 7 38
East Carolina 7 10 28 7 52


UTEP[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
East Carolina 10 8 14 7 6 45
UTEP 7 12 6 14 3 42


NC State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NC State 14 7 0 13 34
East Carolina 0 17 3 0 20


UAB[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UAB 3 3 0 0 6
East Carolina 10 10 21 0 41


Memphis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 14 7 28 7 56
Memphis 3 10 13 14 40


Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 0 0 7 0 7
Marshall 3 7 6 10 26


Tulane[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tulane 0 6 6 0 12
East Carolina 7 14 0 14 35


Hawai'i Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Boise State 7 7 10 14 38
East Carolina 10 21 7 3 41


Postseason[edit]

NFL Draft Picks[edit]

Awards[edit]

Honors[edit]

1st Team All America
1st Team All C-USA
2nd Team All C-USA
  • Chris Johnson - Sr. RB
  • Josh Coffman - Sr. OL
  • Zack Slate - Jr. DL
  • C.J. Wilson - Jr. DL
  • Van Eskridge - So. DB
  • Matt Butler - Sr. OL
C-USA All Freshman Team
  • D.J. Scott - OL
  • Linval Joseph - DL
  • Travis Simmons - DB
  • Jonathan Williams - KR
  • Dwayne Harris - PR
C-USA All Academic Team
  • Josh Coffman Sr. RT (3.50)

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Team Opp
Scoring 403 395
  Points per Game 31 30.4
First Downs 246 300
  Rushing 117 105
  Passing 108 175
  Penalty 21 20
Total Offense 5011 5605
  Avg per Play 5.7 5.7
  Avg per Game 385.5 431.2
Fumbles-Lost 15-5 28-14
Penalties-Yards 104-827 71-699
  Avg per Game 63.6 53.8
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 82-3307 61-2256
  Avg per Punt 40.3 37.0
Time of Possession/Game 28:56 31:04
3rd Down Conversions 71/182 81/201
4th Down Conversions 4/12 11/19
Touchdowns Scored 52 48
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 13-23 21-27
PAT-Attempts 50-50 40-45
Attendance 249219 242242
  Games/Avg per Game 6/41536 6/40374
  Neutral Site Avg 1/41536

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
East Carolina 65 124 160 48 6 403
Opponents 87 119 80 106 3 395

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name GP Att Gain Loss Net Avg Td Long Avg/g
Johnson, Chris 13 236 1468 45 1423 6.0 17 70 109.5
Pinkney, Patrick 13 79 402 96 306 3.9 1 45 23.5
Lindsay, Dominique 13 66 225 20 205 3.1 5 22 15.8
Harris, Dwayne 13 20 197 0 197 9.9 1 57 15.2
Williams, Jonathan 10 22 153 3 150 6.8 1 35 15.0
Whitley, Norman 8 6 44 0 44 7.3 0 14 5.5
Simmons, Brandon 11 11 32 4 28 2.5 2 9 2.5
Dodge, Matt 13 3 20 0 20 6.7 0 9 1.5
Kass, Rob 10 33 101 82 19 0.6 2 15 1.9
Brockmeyer, Justin 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 0 1 1.0
Ballard, Darnell 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0
Clay, Brett 4 3 3 14 -11 -3.7 0 3 -2.8
Team 8 3 0 4 -4 -1.3 0 0 -0.5
Total 13 484 2646 268 2378 4.9 29 70 182.9

Passing[edit]

Name GP Effic Att-cmp-int Pct Yds Td Lng Avg/g
Pinkney, Patrick 13 131.69 121-200-4 60.5 1358 11 78 104.5
Kass, Rob 10 123.13 96-175-4 54.9 1164 9 72 116.4
Clay, Brett 4 39.88 5-13-1 38.5 26 0 14 6.5
Harris, Dwayne 13 367.33 1-3-0 33.3 80 1 80 6.2
Sloan, Joseph 13 142.00 1-1-0 100.0 5 0 5 0.4
Team 8 0.00 0-3-0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0
Total 13 125.69 224-395-9 56.7 2633 21 80 202.5

Receiving[edit]

Name GP No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Bryant, Jamar 13 48 704 14.7 6 80 54.2
Johnson, Chris 13 37 528 14.3 6 78 40.6
Henry, Phillip 13 27 279 10.3 0 20 21.5
Harris, Dwayne 13 26 246 9.5 2 22 18.9
Rogers, Steven 13 25 252 10.1 2 39 19.4
Drew, Davon 13 19 196 10.3 2 26 15.1
Crowell, Juwon 13 11 144 13.1 1 34 11.1
Lindsay, Dominique 13 9 58 6.4 1 11 4.5
Sonnhalter, Jay 13 7 54 7.7 0 16 4.2
Lee, T.J. 12 5 83 16.6 1 34 6.9
Hickman, Michael 12 4 79 19.8 0 31 6.6
Johnson, Kyle 10 2 5 2.5 0 6 0.5
Kraemer, J.R. 9 1 9 9.0 0 9 1.0
Brumsey, Javon 2 1 5 5.0 0 5 2.5
Williams, Jonathan 10 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.4
Pinkney, Patrick 13 1 -13 -13.0 0 0 -1.0
Total 13 224 2633 11.8 21 80 202.5

Defense[edit]

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Safety
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF
Eskridge, Van 13 55 49 104 6.5-18 . 1-7 3 . 1-50 . . .
Bell, Pierre 13 45 52 97 5.0-9 . 2-13 2 3 . 1 . .
Wilson, Fred 13 26 55 81 1.5-5 1.5-5 . 1 2 . . . .
Williams, Travis 13 53 24 77 2.5-7 . 2-0 4 1 . 2 . .
Cotton, Quentin 12 35 31 66 11.0-48 1.5-13 1-16 2 6 1-0 1 . .
Hewett, Jerek 13 33 16 49 2.0-7 . 2-0 5 . 1-0 1 . .
Slate, Zack 13 22 27 49 11.5-44 4.5-21 . 1 4 . 2 . .
Milbrook, J.J. 12 26 21 47 4.0-16 . 3-37 . . . 2 . .
Best, Leon 13 21 20 41 1.0-1 . 2-47 3 . . 1 . .
Joseph, Linval 13 13 27 40 8.5-23 1.0-7 . . 5 2-0 . . .
Mattocks, Chris 10 24 15 39 1.0-1 . . 1 . . 1 . .
Chambliss, Jeremy 11 20 18 38 3.0-9 . 1-17 1 . 1-4 1 . .
Ross, Jay 13 13 25 38 4.5-21 2.0-12 . 4 7 2-0 1 . .
Wilson, C.J. 13 17 19 36 10.5-59 7.0-49 . . 12 . 1 2 .
Mack, Dalvon 11 11 17 28 0.5-6 0.5-6 . 1 . . 2 . .
Johnson, Nick 11 14 14 28 1.5-3 . . 1 1 1-0 1 . .
Simmons, Travis 12 17 10 27 . . 1-80 2 . . . . .
Osborne, Lorenzo 13 9 13 22 2.0-21 2.0-21 . . 2 . . . .
Patterson, Melvin 13 5 15 20 2.0-10 . . . . . . . .
Mitchell, Khalif 11 10 9 19 5.5-24 2.0-20 1-0 1 3 1-0 . . .
Robinson, Scott 13 3 13 16 3.5-14 1.5-6 . . 3 . . . .
Marshall, Dekota 13 9 6 15 1.0-9 . . . . 1-0 . . .
Reynolds, Darryl 9 9 6 15 1.0-1 . 1-0 3 . . . . .
Hands, Marcus 4 2 12 14 2.0-10 0.5-4 . . 4 1-0 . . .
Muhwezi, Danny 10 6 7 13 1.5-2 . . . . . . . .
Robinson, Mark 13 3 5 8 2.0-6 2.0-6 . . . . . . .
Smith, Willie 11 2 5 7 1.0-1 . . . 1 . 1 . .
Hartman, Ben 13 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . .
Quintanilla, Juan 7 3 3 6 . . . . . . 1 . .
Lamb, Durwin 11 2 4 6 . . . . 1 . . . .
Williams, Jonathan 10 4 1 5 . . . . . 1-0 . . .
Lindsay, Dominique 13 2 3 5 . . . . . . 1 . .
Raynor, Wilson 13 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . .
Setzer, Brandon 4 1 2 3 0.5-2 . . 2 . . . . .
Simmons, Brandon 11 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . .
Johnson, A.J. 7 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . .
Bell, Kris 3 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . .
Drew, Davon 13 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . .
Hampton, Spencer 4 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . .
Lee, T.J. 12 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . .
Harris, Dwayne 13 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . .
Osemene, Nweike 11 1 1 2 1.5-6 1.0-5 . . . 1-0 . . .
Hickman, Michael 12 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . .
Sonnhalter, Jay 13 . 2 2 . . . . . . . . .
Atkins, Chris 2 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . .
Gidrey, Kevin 13 . 1 1 . . . . . . . . .
Crowell, Juwon 13 1 . 1 . . . . . . . 1 .
Rogers, Steven 13 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .
Pittman, Wesley 2 . 1 1 . . . . . . . . .
Harper, Craig 2 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .
Bryant, Jamar 13 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .
Kraemer, J.R. 9 . 1 1 . . . . . . . . .
Johnson, Kyle 10 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .
Pinkney, Patrick 13 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .
Henry, Phillip 13 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .
Total 13 542 562 1104 98-383 27-175 17-217 37 55 14-54 20 3 .

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Dodge, Matt 80 3307 41.3 67 11 12 24 0 4 242 60.5 0 0
Hartman, Ben 69 4220 61.2 7 2
Team 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 82 3307 40.3 67 11 12 24 2 73 4462 61.1 7 2
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Harris, Dwayne 31 250 8.1 0 46 5 89 17.8 0 27
Rogers, Steven 3 8 2.7 0 8
Johnson, Chris 36 1009 28.0 1 96
Williams, Jonathan 14 312 22.3 0 63
Lindsay, Dominique 2 58 29.0 0 33
Lamb, Durwin 1 10 10.0 0 10
Mack, Dalvon 1 5 5.0 0 5
Simmons, Jason 1 10 10.0 0 10
Kraemer, J.R. 1 6 6.0 0 6
Simmons, Brandon 1 7 7.0 0 7
Total 34 258 7.6 0 46 62 1506 24.3 1 96

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "East Carolina Pirates Roster". ecupirates.cstv.com. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  2. ^ "2007 ECU Media Archive". Archived from the original on 23 December 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2008.