A long time ago, East Carolina decided that to gain fan support and national attention, they needed to fill the air with footballs. That is not necessarily the case anymore.
The Pirates are succeeding with a mix of the run and pass. For the past three years, running back Jamie Wilson has been a key, yet overlooked, cog in the Pirates' arsenal.
"Jamie is a very unsung, underappreciated guy, I think, to the outside world and coaches," says ECU coach Steve Logan. "He is a guy that provides tremendous flexibility for us. We can split him out, put him in the backfield and put him in motion. He does everything well."
Last season, Wilson rushed for nearly 1,000 yards. His pass-catching abilities have improved dramatically since Wilson packed his bags and traveled four miles down the road to play football at ECU.
"I think I had a pretty good year so far. I came a long way since D.H. Conley though," Wilson says. "Guys are a little bigger and a little stronger and everything, but it is coming along. Hopefully, it will get better as it goes."
That is certainly the direction East Carolina's offense has gone, thanks in part to the all-around play of Jamie Wilson.