Farrier Poised for Increased Role

Mark Lindsay, PirateIllustrated.com
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Deondre Farrier is hoping for big things in the fall of 2017 in his second year in the East Carolina receiving corp.

Last season as a freshman, Farrier hauled in 21 catches for 305 yards and averaged 14.5 yards a clip. His longest was for 45 yards. Farrier has big play ability and he hopes to settle in this fall and finally show what he can really do.

“I got my feet wet last year. I wouldn’t say it’s nothing that I’m not used to. I got a little touch of it, so it’s going to be a lot more comfortable this year coming up.”

While Farrier has spent some time out this spring nursing some bumps and bruises, he returned on Wednesday and says he expects to have an impact when the team suits up on Saturday for the annual Purple-Gold game. We asked him how he is feeling.

“I feel real good. I got in the training room and I got right back on the field. Coming back out here I feel like I’ve got to get back to how I was. I feel like I was a little more fatigued, but I’ll be fine and real good soon.”

Farrier was beaming about the group of guys he has on his side of the football coming back. It is a tight knit bunch and they all act like they have something to prove this year after going 3-9 last season.

“I feel real confident about this season and our wide receiver group. I feel like we’re real deep, we’ve got a lot of people so that’s pretty much how I feel,” Farrier told PirateIllustrated.com, “Ya’ll have got something to sit on the edge of your chairs for. I’m going to be ready. It’s going to be a good season, man.”

We asked Farrier to go a little deeper into what this group feels collectively about themselves as a unit.

“We feel like we’re the best wide receiver corp in the nation. That’s how we’re feeling and that’s how we’re going out there this season.”

In Scottie Montgomery’s and offensive coordinator Tony Petersen’s second season at the helm, it’s not as much about changing the offense as it is refining it.

“I wouldn’t say it’s changed a whole lot. We’ve got little tweaks here and there. We’ve just got to work on our execution overall, finishing in the red zone and just polishing our plays pretty much,” the Lake Nona, Florida sophomore told PI, “Last year we would practice getting it done, but we didn’t translate it to the game. This year we’ve got to translate it to the game.”

In terms of getting better on the field, Farrier is working on the fine points and just continuing the normal maturation process of a collegiate wide receiver. He hopes to be able to play in any of the receiver spots on the field and expand his importance in the Pirate offense.

“I’m just working more on reading and understanding the offense completely. Not just as a one receiver or position role, but understanding the whole offense so that I can be used as much as I can possibly be used.”

East Carolina hits the field one more time Friday afternoon for a final walk-through before teeing it up this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for the annual Spring Game in conjunction with the Pigskin Pigout.

Stay tuned for more here on your home for spring camp coverage for the past twelve years, PirateIllustrated.com.

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