LEXINGTON - Even though East Carolina does not have a marquee offensive player, Kentucky defensive coordinator Steve Brown says that makes for a unique star system for the Pirates.
"They do have stars in the sense that they all have the ability to make plays," said Brown as he prepares to face East Carolina on Jan. 2 in Memphis, Tenn., in the Liberty Bowl. "You think you can shut down this running back, then another one comes in and pops a big run.
"Against several opponents this year, they had different guys all play equal roles as far as production. And they all have one goal in common - win the game. To me, that's what you want from your stars."
Quarterback Pat Pinkney leads the offense. He's 205-for-327 passing for 2,379 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His top target has been Dwayne Harris, who has 58 catches for 654 yards and one score. Drew has 38 receptions for 575 yards and three scores and five other players have 15 or more receptions.