ECU Finding Success with Two Quarterbacks

Blake Kemp has started every game so far at quarterback, but James Summers has seen significant game time the last two games. East Carolina has played well with both quarterbacks and will continue using them this week.

A starting quarterback has not been named for East Carolina in its upcoming game against BYU. But coaches did announce that they will continue to use two quarterbacks and so far ECU has flourished with both.

Blake Kemp has started all five games for the Pirates this season, but his playing time has decreased with the emergence of James Summers. Kemp still has continued to play well even though he is battling through adversity. Whether it’s watching the offense on the sideline or committing a turnover, Kemp just thinks about the job at hand in any situation.

“Every day you go out and just try to learn the plays that coach puts in for the week,” said Kemp. “Like today was our first day with all the new plays for BYU and at the end of the day that’s all you can do is just focus on your assignment and your job.”

Offensive coordinator Dave Nichol has been impressed with both quarterbacks, but game time is dependent on what the defense is giving them. Even though Kemp drove the Pirates to a score on its first drive, the offense stalled and were down 23-7. Enter Summers whose rushing abilities worked well against one of the worst rush defenses and led the Pirates to score 42 unanswered points.

“Each week, and I know I’ve said this before, but the defenses are different,” said Nichol “BYU’s defense is totally different compared to SMU in so many ways. So that has something to do with it, but we will continue to play both and see how things are going from there.”

Through five games both Summers and Kemp have over a 70 percent completion percentage, but Summers has thrown only 22 times compared to Kemp’s 168 attempts. Kemp has 1,107 through the air and Summers is second on the team in rushing with 255 yards.

BYU has a balanced defense that is ranked 75th in rush defense and 80th against the pass. In its last game against Connecticut, BYU only allowed 68-yards rushing. But the Cougars also shut down the Huskies passing attack by allowing only 168 yards.

“They got a lot of good players,” said Kemp. “Their scheme is very similar to the Pirates so it’s going to be a lot of fun to see a defense that looks similar to what our defense does cause we’ve seen it a lot and we look forward to it. It’s going to be a lot of fun out there.”


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