Pirates feeling comfortable in second season under Scottie Montgomery

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GREENVILLE, NC -- In year one of the Scottie Montgomery era, East Carolina certainly had its growing pains with a 3-9 season.

In year two, the Pirates are much more comfortable with the direction of their new coaching staff. At Saturday's Media Day, senior wide receiver Jimmy Williams said this fall camp was the best camp he's ever been a part of. In fact, many of the players expressed how content they were with the progress of the program, a mindset that wasn't quite there after last season.

"Last year, there was a transition and the way things were handled as far as the coaching situation goes, a lot of guys were hurt and a lot of guys have resentment in them and other things," said Williams. "That's hard to overcome when you are 18-22 years old because it hasn't happened to you a lot. A lot of people don't lose coaches over their career, but we did. I felt like there was a rift between the players and coaches and I feel like now, everybody is coming together. There is no transition here. I trust you Coach Mo. I know he is trying to take care of his players because he cares about us and he wants to win just like we want to win."

East Carolina opens the 2017 season on September 2 against James Madison in Greenville.