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  04/09/21 - Holton AhlersJr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 228 (DS#66 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#66 QB) Jr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
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  03/26/21 - D.J. FordrSr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 215 (DS#55 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#55 SS) rSr/2022 SS D.J. FordEast Carolina
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  03/21/21 - Holton AhlersJr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 228 (DS#66 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#66 QB) Jr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
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  02/16/21 - Aaron JarmanrSo/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) rSo/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) rJr/2022 RB Darius Pinnix Jr.East Carolina
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  12/17/20 - Xavier SmithJr/2022, East Carolina, 5-11, 246 (DS#96 ILB) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Xavier Smith, East Carolina,...For the second-straight season, Smith was the top tackler on the team by booking 72 stops, an average of 8.0 per contest to stand fifth in The American. He also led the unit in TFLs (8.0/-30 yards) and pass breakups (six), while ranking second in sacks (2.5/-22 yards). The Stafford, Va. native closed out the season with six stops against SMU, which pushed his current streak to 21-straight games with multiple tackles. Against Navy, he logged a personal-best 15 tackles, marking the fourth time in his career with double-digit stops. - East Carolina Football

(DS#96 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB Xavier SmithEast Carolina
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  12/17/20 - JaQuan McMillianSo/2023, East Carolina, 5-09, 161 (DS#46 CB) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): CB Ja'Quan McMillian, East Carolina,...McMillian, a two-year starter, picked off a team-best four passes while booking 33 tackles (27 solo) during his sophomore campaign. It marked the second-straight season he led the unit in picks (three in 2019) with his pass thefts against Georgia State, Tulane and his two in the fourth quarter during the Pirates' 52-38 win against SMU. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native booked multiple tackles in eight of nine games in 2020, which included a season-high five on three occasions. - East Carolina Football

(DS#46 CB) So/2023 CB JaQuan McMillianEast Carolina
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  12/17/20 - Tyler SneadrSo/2023, East Carolina, 5-07, 169 (DS#46 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR & RS Tyler Snead, East Carolina,...Snead, who earned all-conference honors as a receiver and return specialist, led the team in receptions (53), punt returns and yards (12 for 144), kickoff returns and yards (18 for 409) and all-purpose yards 1,145. He reached the endzone seven times on the year (5/rcv, 1/rush, 1/KOR) and threw for a score in the season finale against SMU. The Raleigh, N.C. native authored a pair of 100-yard receiving games (105/Georgia State, 108/Tulsa) and topped 100-plus all-purpose yards four times, including 231 at Georgia State and 244 at Temple. Snead's lone special teams touchdown came during the second quarter against the Owls when he returned his second career kickoff 95 yards earning him AAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week accolades. - East Carolina Football

(DS#46 WR) rSo/2023 WR Tyler SneadEast Carolina
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  12/17/20 - Rahjai HarrisFr/2024, East Carolina, 5-09, 228 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Rahjai Harris, East Carolina,...Harris rushed for 624 yards with four touchdowns in eight games where he averaged 4.9 yards per carry and stood third in The American in rushing per game (78.0 ypg). - East Carolina Football

(DS#27 RB) Fr/2024 RB Rahjai HarrisEast Carolina
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  12/17/20 - Jake VerityrSr/2021, East Carolina, 6-2, 197 (DS#10 K) + More +

  East Carolina senior kicker Jake Verity, the program's all-time career leader in points (352), announced Monday that he intends to enter the 2021 National Football League Draft and forego remaining collegiate eligibility. A multi-year All-American Athletic Conference selection and Lou Groza Watch List member, Verity holds career marks in field goals made (74) while owning single-season standards in field goal accuracy (90.5, 19-for-21 in 2018) and three-pointers made (24 in 2019). He closed out his five-year career connecting on 74-of-98 field goals for a 75.5 percent accuracy rate (third all-time at ECU) and converted 130-of-133 extra point tries. - East Carolina Football

(DS#10 K) rSr/2021 K Jake VerityEast Carolina
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  12/15/20 - Rahjai HarrisFr/2024, East Carolina, 5-09, 228 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  2020 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Rahjai Harris, RB, East Carolina,...Rahjai Harris and Ulysses Bentley were named The American's Rookies of the Year after they made immediate impacts on their respective teams' backfields. Harris rushed for 624 yards and four touchdowns in eight games, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and ranking third in The American in rushing as a true freshman (78.0 ypg). - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#27 RB) Fr/2024 RB Rahjai HarrisEast Carolina
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  12/05/20 - *Blake ProehlrJr/2021, East Carolina, 6-1, 186 (DS#34 WR) + More +

  One of East Carolina University football team's (3-6, 3-5 American Athletic Conference) top receivers has played his last game in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, as junior wide receiver Blake Proehl announced on Twitter he will declare for the NFL draft. In a press conference on Dec. 3, Blake Proehl said the past four years at ECU have been a blessing, and he has learned a lot through his time with the Pirates. "I was able to earn my degree, and meet so many great people on the way, people who pushed me to be great," Blake Proehl said. According to ECUPirates, Blake Proehl finished his ECU career with 83 receptions for 999 yards and five touchdowns over 22 career games. - The East Carolinian

(DS#34 WR) rJr/2021 WR *Blake ProehlEast Carolina
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  11/30/20 - Holton AhlersJr/2022, East Carolina, 6-2, 228 (DS#66 QB) + More +

  NOV 30 AMERICAN ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Holton Ahlers, East Carolina, Jr., QB, Greenville, N.C.,...Ahlers led East Carolina to a 52-38 win against SMU, giving the Pirates back-to-back victories to close the regular season. Ahlers effectively put the game out of reach in the first half as he engineered seven scoring drives, including six that ended in touchdowns. He completed 20 of 29 passes for 298 yards in the game and had four first-half TD passes to stake the Pirates to a 45-7 halftime lead. Ahlers is one of six NCAA FBS players with at least 7,000 career passing yards (7,093) and 1,000 career rushing yards (1,060). - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#66 QB) Jr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
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  11/30/20 - JaQuan McMillianSo/2023, East Carolina, 5-09, 161 (DS#46 CB) + More +

  NOV 30 AMERICAN ATHLETIC HONOR ROLL: Ja'Quan McMillian, East Carolina, So., CB,...Had five tackles and two fourth-quarter interceptions in a 52-38 win against SMU. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#46 CB) So/2023 CB JaQuan McMillianEast Carolina
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  11/23/20 - Tyler SneadrSo/2023, East Carolina, 5-07, 169 (DS#46 WR) + More +

  NOV 23 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tyler Snead, East Carolina, So., WR/KR, Raleigh, N.C.,...Snead had 169 yards on special teams as part of a day in which he had 244 all-purpose yards in a 28-3 win at Temple. He had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to answer Temple's only score of the game and finished with 111 yards on kickoff returns. He added 58 yards on five punt returns and had three receptions for 75 yards and a TD as well. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#46 WR) rSo/2023 WR Tyler SneadEast Carolina
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