After a 1-2 start, the ECU football team has some room for improvement on both sides of the ball but the offensive struggles stand out. The run attack has been nonexistent despite having an impressive stable of running backs. 6-year senior quarterback Patrick Pinkney has been inconsistent and the receiving corps has suffered because of it.
Most disturbingly, the Pirates have managed just 5 points in the second half of the first three games. You can throw out the safety in the Appalachian State game leaving ECU's offensive output at a paltry 3 points. Just one field goal scored in the third quarter of the UNC loss.
Not what Pirate fans expected out of an offense that saw the return of play makers such as WR's Jamar Bryant and Dwayne Harris not to mention the return of running back Jonathan Williams.
Head coach Skip Holtz said before the UNC loss that the game plan and players are in place but there's an "ingredient" missing that's keeping the o-train from rolling for an entire game. Of course the trick for Coach Holtz and his staff is to find what that "ingredient" is before their C-USA opener against UCF on Saturday.