Greenville, NC - Slowly but surely, the East Carolina football team has improved in the eyes of head coach Skip Holtz in the Pirates' first four games.
Despite having already played a pair of BCS conference teams this season, perhaps the best test of the season awaits ECU (1-0 Conference USA, 2-2 overall) this weekend when they journey to West Virginia a second time to take on star running back Darius Marshall and the school that bears his last name.
The ECU defense, Holtz said at Monday's weekly press conference, is part of the steady improvement. The Pirates' linebackers have been challenged to lend a hand to a struggling pass defense while also trying to play a role in run-stopping.
The senior trio of outside linebackers Chris Mattocks (26 tackles) and Jeremy Chambliss (26) along with middle man Nick Johnson (23) is at the forefront of the team in terms of making stops, trailing only senior safety Van Eskridge and his 34 tackles.
Even without a definitive leading man like the Pirates have had in the past, Holtz thinks this group could be one of his best since he arrived in 2005. Let's make sure we support them by watching and rooting for the Pirates!