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Aaron Jackson of Inside ECU Sports answered Bearcat Insider's questions about East Carolina

The Cincinnati Bearcats will be facing the East Carolina Pirates at Nippert Stadium Saturday for Homecoming 2016. Bearcat Insider normally doesn't their own breakdown of the opponent, but J.T. Smith was able to get in contact with Aaron Jackson of Insider ECU Sports. Jackson answered questions for BCI.

Bearcat Insider was able to conduct a Q&A with Aaron Jackson of Insider ECU Sports. The Bearcats will face the Pirates, Saturday at 7 pm at Nippert Stadium. Jackson helped us do some recon on ECU at the bottom of the post the depth chart will be added.

Bearcat Insider: So far what have been the changes that you've noticed with Scottie Montgomery this season (first season)? 

Jackson: This season, coach Montgomery has been the guy to always say next man up. No one’s position is safe and it’s a battle every week. He makes the team competitive. 

Bearcat Insider: The Pirates are known for throwing it around the yard, who should Bearcat fans be paying attention to on the offensive side of the ball?  

Jackson: Senior wide receiver Zay Jones, who already has 84 catches this season and senior receiver Jimmy Williams are the two top playmakers for the Pirates.  Also, keep an eye on junior receiver Quay Johnson. He has the speed and liable to break a 40-plus yard play at any time. 

Bearcat Insider: So far this season the Pirates are giving up 195 yards per game on the ground, what do you think is the main reason for that? 

Jackson: Injuries have been a major problem for the defense, especially along the defensive line.  

Bearcat Insider: What do you think is the main reason or reasons for ECU's slow start this season? 

Jackson: ECU has been making costly mistakes at key times and has trouble finishing games. 

Bearcat Insider: The last two years the UC/ECU game has come down to a field goal, what is your prediction for Saturday? 

Jackson: I predict a high scoring game with the up-tempo of offense the Pirates possess.

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