East Carolina's Garrard Heads Into Season Billed As All-America Candidate
Posted August 23, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
GREENVILLE — In the mid 1990s, many people said Southern Durham High School quarterback David Garrard had the potential to make it big in college football. He now heads into his redshirt junior season at East Carolina, billed as an All-America candidate.
After two seasons at ECU, Garrard is arguably the greatest quarterback in school history. He is third in career passing, fourth in career completions and he is the Conference USA preseason player of the year -- all for a junior who is still getting better.
"Hopefully this year, I can exploit a little bit with a little more of my knowledge and get the ball off quicker to the receivers that aren't playing press," he says. "There are a lot of things that I didn't know from the last two years, that I know now that should really help me out."
Despite all of the numbers and all the attention, Garrard will share playing time with backup QB Richard Alston.
"I don't want to be taken out of a drive or anything but if he (Logan) wants to put him in for a couple of series, then I'm OK about it," Garrard says.
"I think we have probably the best duo of quarterbacks certainly in the region, maybe in the country," says ECU head coach Steve Logan.
The quarterback duo could be a very lethal combination who could put up a lot of points during the season.