I am very much hoping that James Pinkney makes himself eligible again this summer, but my sources are saying that though he is really working hard, don't count on him coming back this fall.
That said, there is a quarterback battle brewing in Greenville, and it appears that one of the two young prospects will come out No. 1. Either Patrick Pinkney - son of ECU legend Reggie Pinkney - or Davon Drew, a very strong, agile, Michael Vick-like prospect.
Pinkney, left, in prep action at Pine Forest and Drew in action for New Bern.
Pinkney, no relation to James, had a great JV game agains Fork Union Military and is very much a polished QB...as well as a very smart kid. There is a chance his Redshirt will be lost do to that JV game and if that happens, he will be a Sophomore.
Drew, redshirted last season, is a playmaker. He is a big, but lean kid, at 6-3 and can run the ball very well. His passing is also strong, but will probably require more work than Pinkney. However, Pinkney is coming off shoulder surgery so that may tilt this battle to Drew for the Spring.
Also vying is redshirt freshman Josh Vogelbach - a pure passer - and QB-turned-TE-turned-FB-turned-QB again, son of offensive coordinator, Kort Shankweiler. If he starts, I will never cheer for ECU again.
I really believe 4 wins this season will be a good step in the right direction.