Despite losing starter Chris Hairston to graduation, running back should one of the deepest positions on East Carolina's roster this fall.
In the 2015 campaign, Hairston was a key piece to the Pirates' offense. He rushed for 754 yards and eight touchdowns and had 193 yards receiving and touchdown catch.
On the roster this year, ECU has six running backs. With a new coaching staff, everyone will get their shot to earn playing time.
Last season playing quarterback, James Summers was the team's second leading rusher with 446 yards and eight touchdowns. Summers has made the transition to running back during the offseason and by all accounts, it's gone well.
Anthony Scott, a junior out of Virginia Beach, has made great contributions to the team in the past two years. He played as a true freshman in 2014 and gained 268 yards and scored three touchdowns. In his sophomore campaign, he added 207 yards and one more score. Now with two good years of experience, he will have a chance to have an even bigger role this season. With Scott's speed and strength, he could have a chance to be the leading rusher for the Pirates this year.
Shawn Furlow is another one of the running backs on the roster with a shot. In his first year at ECU, he rushed for 83 yards on 25 carries. Furlow impressed coaches with his physicality during short-yardage situations. He also ranked among the top 10 percent on the team in his 40 time, three-cone drill, and flex rating in the offseason.
With all of the talent on the roster, the Pirates should be able to rely heavily on their backfield in 2016. Others to watch are transfers Jeffrey Coprich and Derrell Scott. Both will have a chance to get carries and earn significant playing time.