ECU Quarterback Patrick Pinkney Granted Sixth Year Of Eligibility

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina University's request for a sixth year of eligibility for quarterback Patrick Pinkney was granted by the NCAA Friday, Pirate head coach Skip Holtz confirmed. That means Pinkney, who missed the entire 2005 season due to a shoulder injury and subsequent multiple surgical procedures, will return as a senior in 2009.

"I consider myself very blessed with the opportunity to enjoy another year with my teammates and coaches, and play one more season at East Carolina," Pinkney said. "To be a part of this program's first conference championship in many years last season was rewarding and I'm looking forward to being in a position to help contribute to a new set of goals in 2009. Obviously, ECU is a special place for me and my family, and I'm thankful for the NCAA's decision to allow me to get one year back."

Pinkney, who has played a key role in the Pirates' combined 17 victories and pair of bowl appearances in back-to-back seasons, led East Carolina to a Conference USA championship in 2008 - the program's first league title since 1976. He opened 13 of 14 games last fall and completed 223-of-363 passes for 2,675 yards and 13 touchdowns, which included a season-high 296-yard effort against Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Pinkney also established a new school single-game completion percentage standard with a 19-of-23 (82.6) performance against Virginia Tech Aug. 30 to guide ECU to a 27-22 win before turning in a 22-of-28 effort a week later against West Virginia during the Pirates' 24-3 triumph. A year earlier, his 406-yard performance in a 34-31 victory against North Carolina Sept. 8 stands as the second-highest single-game passing total in program history - falling just eight yards shy of David Garrard's school-record 414-yard effort against Memphis in 1998.

"We're all excited for Patrick and our program that he'll be with us another year," Holtz said. "It's nice to see his resiliency and ability to face adversity on and off the field rewarded in some respect. I know it was disappointing for him to fight through the injuries and start at the bottom of the depth chart, but to his credit, he continued to work hard and remain positive during his climb back up the ladder. Patrick has already earned his undergraduate degree and has been a role model in our community, so I'm not sure there's a better way for anyone to represent our program in a first-class manner than that."

For his career, Pinkney is currently fifth in the ECU record books with 4,033 passing yards and sixth in completions with 344. In 27 overall games and 18 starts, he has also delivered 24 touchdown throws while suffering just 11 interceptions in 563 total attempts. In addition, Pinkney has rushed for 356 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 169 carries during his Pirate career, which spans back to the fall of 2004 but didn't include any varsity competition until three years later.

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  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    kass is def. not a better athlete than pat. stronger arm, yes, but he has no touch or accuracy. he can probly throw the ball 80 yards, but couldnt hit the running back on a swing pass out of the backfield. pat is our best option at qb without a doubt. and to those who say the offense was bad last year....while that is true, you cannot overlook all the inuries to every one of our playmakers on offense. the only playmaker on offense who stayed healthy was drew. look back to how good pat was playing with all of his playmakers, then see the difference after they all got injured. skip dialed back the offense because we had freshman all over the field.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 29, 2009 at 12:58 AM
    BigT. ECU does recruit, sign and play idiots. Why shouldn't it look like exactly what it is.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:06 PM
    Hello to The Pirate Lady: You guys are going to have a California guy who's a three star RB: Giavanni Ruffin. Will he get any playing time? Dave calls your beloved CJ-Crying Juvenile. My version is Calamity Jock! Am I wrong? Isn't Kass a much better athlete with a stronger arm than PP? Is the QB position opened to competition in the spring? I also believe you guys recruited some big OL to help your QB. Good luck!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    Well, I was really looking forward to seeing if Kass or Josh Jordan would end up starting next season, but with Patrick coming back, it's doubtful. I'm happy for Patrick that he got another year of eligibility, but I hope with that, the team seriously works on their offense, because conference championship or not, there were a lot of times this season that offense failed to do their job, and Patrick was at the helm. The whole offense needs work. They need to better protect the QB, and it would really be nice to see them use the option more with Patrick. I don't understand why they run the option with Kass, who's heavier and slower. The offense just needs to be more consistent. That being said, I'm looking forward to the Purple-Gold game in a few months and seeing what next season's team will look like. Oh, and Big T, you don't have to worry about Pat sounding like CJ; CJ's in a class all by himself on that, lol.
  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    dave, no room to talk buddy. i believe it was you who was so confident about tulsa beating ecu last year. nothing is guaranteed, and ecu has a lot of hard work to do in the offseason, but winning the c-usa championship next year seems more realistic at this point than it did last year at this point. and big-T, there are plenty of 6th yr. seniors in college football. look at todd boeckman with ohio st. why should he lose a season of eligibility when he was sitting in the doctors office having shoulder surgery and not playing? the ncaa made that rule for a reason.
  • by houndone Location: ec? on Jan 26, 2009 at 11:00 PM
    ECWho delusionals are at work again...
  • by Dave on Jan 26, 2009 at 09:02 PM
    Another C-USA Championship?? #1ECU Fan the only thing you smell are the cookies burning in your Easy Bake Oven.
  • by #1ECU Fan Location: Jacksonville on Jan 26, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    Everyone can say what they want, but I smell another C-USA Championship!!! Pinkney and the Pirates will reign for another year while at the same time "grooming" other qb's. Thank you and have a good evening!
  • by R-Truth on Jan 26, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    I hope that Mr. Pinkney is majoring in something useful because once his ECU career is over, so is his QB career.
  • by BigT Location: greenville on Jan 26, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    Nope don't agree with this, he had his time and is time to move on. I don't even really agree with the redshirt rule but this one is a definite no-no for me. I am very disappointed. Kass or no Kass saying a kid can have six years of college to play football is wrong. I do, however, hope that he attends functional literacy classes so that when he is interviewed about this he doesn't sound like Chris Johnson did. It makes us at ECU look like we filter idiots through which has got to kill recruiting of quality players.
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