GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – ECU head football coach Scottie Montgomery used three quarterbacks in Saturday's 37-35 victory over Old Dominion. Now the Pirates have some decisions to make at that position the rest of the season.
“My 9-year-old will ask the same question," said Montgomery. "He likes all three of them. Let me enjoy tonight and you’ll be able to get me on Tuesday or Wednesday after practice, but I still may not have an answer.”
It was just an incredible atmosphere inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium with Pirate Nation painted gold, yet screaming purple.
Maybe it's a problem. Perhaps it's not. Either way, ECU has a trio of able quarterbacks.
Reid Herring started against the Monarchs and finished 24-of-42 for 309 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
“They just told me to stay focused and keep my head up and go win the game for us,” said Herring. “I went out there and played for my guys and tried to do better. I feel like we made enough plays as an offense to win the game.”
True freshman and former D.H. Conley standout Holton Ahlers has now played in three collegiate games. He led the Pirates in rushing with 63 yards and one touchdown on just eight carries. Ahlers can appear in just one more game if Montgomery plans on redshirting him.
Fellow freshman Kingsley Ifedi rushed once for five yards against Old Dominion.
"I thought Reid was good at times," said Montgomery. "And then we kind of hit a rut, and then we brought Kingsley in. He made some plays for us. We brought Holton in. He made a couple of huge plays for us. Then we had to go back to Reid, and I'm really happy that he didn't get down. I thought we did a good job of coaching through that on the sideline."
So ECU proudly boasts three capable quarterbacks, but only one can start.