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Change in defense part of Pirates' spring cleaning

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(By Brian Haines, Special Correspondent) After he fielded one of the worst defenses in college football last season, there was no doubt what East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill had placed on the top of his to-do list as the Pirates launched spring practice this week.

Accompanied by defensive coordinator Brian Mitchell, McNeill announced plans for his second season with the Pirates to abandon his 4-3 defensive alignment and switch to a 3-4.


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This is welcome news! We don't have the beefy guys in the middle to run a 4-3. But we've brought in some of the top JUCO talent in the nation to give us essentially a brand new front 7 from last year. We focused on SPEED and SIZE. We have some OLB's and DE's that are going to maul people this year.

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