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East Carolina offensive coordinator Dave Nichol watches drills during practice on Wednesday. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
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East Carolina offensive coordinator Dave Nichol watches drills during practice on Wednesday. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

New coordinator evalutes offense

By Ronnie Woodward

The Daily Reflector

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Dave Nichol views East Carolina football spring practices through a complex lens, firmly focusing on evaluating the various talent in front of him but simultaneously continuing to adjust to his role.

The former ECU outside receivers coach, who shifted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in mid-January shortly after Lincoln Riley’s move to run Oklahoma’s offense, said after ECU’s first practice last Friday that, “I told the guys that there’s probably going to be some things I forget or screw up and you guys are too, and we’ll move on together.”


This week, like many of the players under his tutelage, Nichol is trying to progress the Pirate offense while preparing for Saturday’s scrimmage, which is the first of the spring and will provide game-like situations at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for the quarterbacks battling to fill the void left by ECU all-time passer Shane Carden. In an up-tempo team drill during Monday’s practice, Kurt Benkert went 7-of-12 for 81 yards and Blake Kemp was 3-of-4 for 34 yards.

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