5 Players to Watch: East Carolina

Demetrio looks at five East Carolina Pirates to watch for when SMU heads to Greenville to face ECU!

1. QB Shane Carden

So far, in 2014, Carden has accounted for 14 of East Carolina’s 22 touchdowns (three rushing and 11 passing). Carden has also racked up 1469 yards with a completion percentage of 62.4. He has made a couple mistakes though and has three interceptions. He also won’t run unless he has to- in 26v attempts he has averaged less than a yard per carry and has totaled 19 yards. So he isn’t perfect, but he is still very dangerous- especially in the red zone, where he isn’t afraid to run it in himself.

2. RB Breon Allen

Through four games, Allen has compiled 346 yards on the ground with three rushing touchdowns at a clip of 9.9 yards per rush. He is also tied for fourth on the Pirates for catches this year with 11. Not only can he rip of huge chunks of yardage in the run game, but the 5-8 190 pound senior is also an underutilized receiver out of the backfield. If East Carolina decides to unleash him completely, he could have a field day on Saturday.

3. WR/PR Trevon Brown

A true freshman, Brown is tied on the team for fourth in total receptions with 11, but is number one in receiving touchdowns with four. He is also the Pirates leading return man- averaging 22.2 yards on kick returns and his longest was a 42 yarder. With other weapons like Justin Hardy and Isaiah Jones attracting the majority of defenses’ attention, Brown has proven himself to be a dangerous weapon for East Carolina through the first four games. At 6-2 206 pounds, Brown is a big target that can really move. Don’t be surprised to see him make a couple of big plays on Saturday.

4. LB Zeek Bigger

The 6-2 228 pound junior linebacker, is leading the Pirates in tackles with 54 in 2014. He also has an interception and a pass defended. Bigger has a nose for the football and is always around the pile. He is a big guy who has a lot of speed and good instincts. It actually rather surprising he hasn’t made more impact plays for the Pirates this year, but expect that to change soon.

5. DB Josh Hawkins

Hawkins is East Carolina’s version of a shut-down corner. He leads the team with three interceptions, four pass breakups, and seven passes defended. The junior defensive back started his career with Pirates as a walk-on in 2011. At 5-10 186 pounds, Hawkins is in his first full season as a starter and has been enjoying a lot of success. Hawkins also isn’t to get dirty and is eight on the team in tackles with 17. Being that it is his first year as a starter, and that he began as a walk-on, Hawkins has a bit of a chip on his shoulder and is undoubtedly looking to prove himself and create some more turnovers in conference play.

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