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  10/05/21 - Keaton MitchellSo/2024, East Carolina, 5-08, 181 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  OCT 4 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Keaton Mitchell, Fr., RB, East Carolina,...Rushed for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-29 win against Tulane. Registered his third consecutive 100-yard game and averaged 14.8 yards per carry. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Keaton MitchellEast Carolina
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  10/03/21 - Keaton MitchellSo/2024, East Carolina, 5-08, 181 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Keaton Mitchell rushed for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns, Holton Ahlers threw for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns and East Carolina defeated Tulane 52-29 on Saturday. Mitchell took a handoff 68 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown and also had a 62-yard gain from scrimmage on his first carry of the game. He carried the ball 15 times, averaging 14.8 yards per carry for East Carolina (3-2, 1-0 American Athletic Conference). Mitchell had performances of 125 and 135 yards in the Pirates previous two games and had gone over 100 yards twice in 2020.

The Green Wave (1-4, 0-1) came from 24-0 down with a flurry of points to get within eight, 31-23, late in the third after a Cameron Carroll touchdown and Michael Pratt ran for the two-point conversion, crashing through a defender at the goal line. Pratt was 22 of 36 passing for 268 yards but threw three interceptions. Carroll gained 80 yards rushing on nine carries. Pratt scored two rushing touchdowns. Tyler Snead had four catches for 78 yards for East Carolina, contributing to the big-play offense with a 53-yard touchdown reception. - East Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Keaton MitchellEast Carolina
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  09/27/21 - JaQuan McMillianJr/2023, East Carolina, 5-09, 161 (DS#43 CB) + More +

  SEPT 27 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Ja'Quan McMillian, So., CB, East Carolina,...Had 10 tackles, tying his career high, and had a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 31-28 win against Charleston Southern. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#43 CB) Jr/2023 CB JaQuan McMillianEast Carolina
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  09/26/21 - Keaton MitchellSo/2024, East Carolina, 5-08, 181 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Keaton Mitchell broke loose for a 74-yard touchdown run to spark a 24-point second quarter, and East Carolina held on to beat Charleston Southern 31-28 on Saturday night. Freshman backup quarterback Mason Garcia entered for a play and ran for a 3-yard touchdown following Mitchell's score. Holton Ahlers added a 60-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Johnson to give East Carolina (2-2) a 24-14 lead with 2:31 left before halftime. Ja'Quan McMillian's 23-yard interception return for a touchdown stretched the Pirates' lead to 31-14 early in the third quarter.

But in the fourth quarter for Charleston Southern (1-2), Jack Chambers ran for an 8-yard touchdown, and then he added a 2-yard TD pass to Geoffrey Wall that capped the scoring with 1:50 to play. Mitchell carried the ball 13 times for 125 yards. Ahlers was 17-of-26 passing for 238 yards but also threw two interceptions. Malik Fleming blocked a field goal attempt with 4:03 remaining for the Pirates. Chambers completed 38 of 61 passes for 406 yards. He also threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Kale Anderson in the first quarter. - East Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Keaton MitchellEast Carolina
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  09/20/21 - Holton AhlersSr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 228 (DS#65 QB) + More +

  SEPT 20 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Holton Ahlers, Sr., QB, East Carolina,...Completed 30 of 47 passes for 368 yards and two TDs in a 42-38 win at previously unbeaten Marshall. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#65 QB) Sr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
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  09/19/21 - Holton AhlersSr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 228 (DS#65 QB) + More +

  Holton Ahlers had touchdowns passing, rushing and receiving and Ja'Quan McMillian intercepted a pass at the goal line with six seconds left and East Carolina rallied to defeat Marshall 42-38 on Saturday night. Down 38-21 entering the fourth quarter, Ahlers scored on a 5-yard run after a 78-yard drive, then capped an 80-yard drive when he hauled in a 27-yard pass from wide receiver Tyler Snead on a trick play, making it 38-35 with 2:31 left.

The Pirates (1-2) recovered the onside kick and Rahjai Harris scored on a 1-yard plunge with 55 seconds left to cap a 53-yard drive. Ahlers was 30 of 48 passing for 368 yards and two touchdowns. Rasheen Ali rushed 24 times for 189 yards and three touchdowns and Grant Wells was 24 of 39 for 433 yards with a touchdown, adding another on the ground for Marshall (2-1). Corey Gammage had eight receptions for 180 yards. Marshall piled up 647 yards but were outgained 210-101 in the final stanza before the final drive had them at first-and-10 from the 15 with 11 seconds left. East Carolina had 571 yards of offense with Keathon Mitchell picking up 135 on 13 carries with a touchdown. Shane Calhoun had 114 yards on eight catches. - East Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#65 QB) Sr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
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  08/16/21 - D.J. FordrSr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 215 (DS#103 SS) + More +

  Former North Carolina starting defensive back D.J. Ford signed with East Carolina in December to be an impact player for the Pirates, who in return, have gladly seen him emerge as a physical and mental leader already on defense. In addition to Ford's 6-foot-3 and 208-pound frame, the safety and graduate student uses his mind and past playing experience - he was part of two bowl appearances at UNC and played in 33 total games with nine starts - in helping younger Pirates during practices with any guidance or tips he might be able to provide. "Something I pride myself on is being able to help the team in any way I can," Ford said. "I feel like the more I can help the young guys, the more I can help myself and help this team take a step forward. Things happen and sometimes when the young guys get thrown out there, they need to be ready at all times. I do my part to make sure they are ready."

Ford opted out prior to last season, which essentially opened his path to transfer to another school for his final year of eligibility. "My motivation level is definitely high," he said. "I put a lot on myself. I feel like I have a lot to prove to myself, as well as other people, and that being the people on this team, my family, my people back home. I just want to make everyone proud." The Ashland, Ala., native is a serious candidate to be a starting safety for ECU against Appalachian State on Sept. 2 in Charlotte. - Daily Reflector


(DS#103 SS) rSr/2022 SS D.J. FordEast Carolina
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  08/01/21 - Holton AhlersSr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 228 (DS#65 QB) + More +

  East Carolina junior quarterback Holton Ahlers was named to the 2021 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, according to an announcement by the organization Thursday. A 2021 preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine, Ahlers has already surpassed the 7,000-yard mark in passing in 30 career games. In three seasons with the Pirates, he has completed 556-of-974 passes for 7,093 yards and 51 touchdowns versus 22 interceptions.

Ahlers owns one 500-yard, four 400-yard and 10 300-yard passing outings and has thrown at least one TD pass in 21 of 30 games. He currently ranks fourth on ECU's career total yards (8,153) list, sixth in passing and seventh in completions. Last year, Ahlers threw for 1,921 yards (165-of-269) and 18 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He ranked 25th in the FBS in passing TDs, 26th in completions per game (20.6) and 30th in passing yards per game (240.1). - Daily Reflector


(DS#65 QB) Sr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
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  07/10/21 - Rahjai HarrisSo/2024, East Carolina, 5-09, 228 (DS#30 RB) + More +

  East Carolina averaged more than 400 yards of total offense and 30 points a game, thanks to the success of quarterback Holton Ahlers, who returns for his fourth year as the starter for ECU. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound left-hander makes everything click for East Carolina and saw his passing efficiency numbers improve. There are also plenty of talented players for him to select in the passing attack, led by Tyler Snead (53 receptions) and C.J. Johnson (21 yards per reception, six TDs). Houston also used the transfer portal to his benefit to aid in the passing game. Running back Rahjai Harris leads the rushing attack and is arguably one of the team's top talents, but that is contingent on the offensive line - which returns all five starters, including offensive tackle Walter Stribling - improving in run-blocking schemes and also protecting Ahlers. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#30 RB) So/2024 RB Rahjai HarrisEast Carolina
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  06/29/21 - Damir FaisonrJr/2023, East Carolina, 6-2, 255 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Damir Faison, a potential defensive starter, entered the transfer portal Monday. He had been serving a recent offseason suspension. The Charlotte native and former tight end started all eight games of 2020 as a defensive end/outside LB in his sophomore season. - Daily Reflector

(DS#999 DE) rJr/2023 DE Damir FaisonEast Carolina
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  04/09/21 - Holton AhlersSr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 228 (DS#65 QB) + More +

  Ahlers' numbers went down in 2020, although that can be primarily attributed to a lower number of games on the schedule. He compiled 1,921 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air, while his ground numbers declined even further, as he totaled just 109 yards and one touchdown. Despite a sharp decline in statistics, there is one metric that says it might not all be on Ahlers. His completion percentage has gone up in each season, from 48% as a freshman, to 60% as a sophomore and 61% as a junior. Ahlers has a shot to make the most of the 2021 season. This will be his third year in Houston's offense, which means he has had plenty of time to learn the nuances of the scheme. 2020 would have typically been a make-or-break year for Ahlers as a junior, but COVID-19 has pushed that critical season back. - The East Carolinian

(DS#65 QB) Sr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
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  03/26/21 - D.J. FordrSr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 215 (DS#103 SS) + More +

  First-year East Carolina football safety D.J. Ford is noticeable on the practice field with his 6-foot-3 and 215-pound frame, but intangibles might be just as important to his craft in his final year of collegiate eligibility. Pirate coach Mike Houston described the senior safety, who was a starter for North Carolina of the Atlantic Coast Conference during the 2018 and '19 seasons, as long and rangy first and foremost, but also a smart player. "The thing that has been so impressive to me is I spent a lot of time last week with that unit, and just his preparation in the meeting room taking detailed notes and asking really good questions," Houston said after Tuesday's practice in full pads. "He was really preparing himself, then taking that to the field. You can tell he's a savvy guy who has played a lot of snaps." Ford opted out of the 2020 season at UNC before signing with the Pirates last December as a graduate transfer. He was a standout immediately during ECU winter workouts and also has caught the eye of Houston and defensive coordinator Blake Harrell. - Daily Reflector

(DS#103 SS) rSr/2022 SS D.J. FordEast Carolina
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  03/21/21 - Holton AhlersSr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 228 (DS#65 QB) + More +

  Recent offseason workouts led by East Carolina football director of strength and conditioning John Williams impacted not only underclassmen looking to make their mark with the Pirates, but also starting quarterback Holton Ahlers. The fourth-year rising junior was one of the main players Houston mentioned as improving his body since the end of the 2020 season in late November. "He is in the best physical shape I've seen him," Houston said of Ahlers after Friday's first spring practice when asked about spring QB repetitions. "He's slimmed down some and really worked on his flexibility. He's more explosive and faster and noticeably improved his body and his athleticism since the fall. That is something with talks with Big John and (offensive coordinator) Donnie (Kirkpatrick) and Holton, this is what he needs to do. He has worked his tail off. "It's a great to have a veteran like that we all believe in. He is the leader of our team and leader of our offense, but you have four other guys who need reps. Holton will get his reps and get his work, but I think it's important we really develop those other guys." - Daily Reflector

(DS#65 QB) Sr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
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  02/16/21 - Aaron JarmanrJr/2023, East Carolina, 6-5, 255 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Kinston native Aaron Jarman is the latest player slated to join the East Carolina football tight end room for this season. Jarman, who was in the transfer portal after spending the last three years at Temple, posted on Twitter on Monday night he committed to ECU. The post by the former North Lenoir High School standout included photos of him in ECU gear at tailgate lots as a youngster. Jarman was a three-star recruit at North Lenoir, choosing the Owls over Mercer and Appalachian State. He made one start as a freshman in 2019, versus UCF, and his lone reception last season as a 6-foot-6, 255-pound redshirt sophomore was a touchdown against SMU. - Daily Reflector

(DS#999 TE) rJr/2023 TE Aaron JarmanEast Carolina
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  A move that has been viewed as a possibility became official Wednesday night when East Carolina football veteran running back Darius Pinnix announced he was entering the transfer portal. Pinnix started 13 total games from 2017-19 and started the first two of 2020, but it was the freshman duo of Rahjai Harris and Keaton Mitchell that took control of the Pirate rushing attack. Harris earned American Athletic Conference co-rookie of the year honors with four touchdowns and 624 rushing yards, followed by Mitchell's 443 ground yards. Pinnix had 120 in his junior season. Pinnix and Chase Hayden both entered the transfer portal as veteran ball-carriers. - Daily Reflector

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Darius Pinnix Jr.East Carolina
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