East Carolina junior quarterback Gardner Minshew has made the most out of this year’s Pirate spring football camp and he took time out to bring us up to date on the very latest from Greenville.
The 6-2, 215 pounder is getting used to a new center in big 6-6 Garrett McGhin which has been a work in progress. Minshew says that is coming along well.
“He’s great. He’s had to make a lot of adjustments and he’s taking it all in stride and not getting frustrated with himself and has just continued to stay positive to help us,” Minshew told PirateIllustrated.com on Wednesday.
Minshew gained a lot of experience last season after taking over for an injured Philip Nelson with two games to go in the season against Navy and Temple. He completed 119 of 202 passes for 1,347 yards and eight touchdowns against just four interceptions, showing glimpses of what we can expect this season. In completing 59 percent of his passes, he proved that he can operate in Tony Petersen’s offensive structure in an efficient fashion and brings more confidence into this year as a result.
“I feel really good about where we are at right now. We’ve gotten so much better since day one and we’re executing at a really high level right now,” said Minshew, “We’ve got a bunch of guys stepping up and making plays and it’s really exciting to see.”
In the second year of the Scottie Montgomery regime, there were lessons learned in year one. Minshew has seen the ups and downs and he talked about his level of adjustment in the ECU offense coming into Saturday’s spring game in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
“There is just so much more understanding. Knowing how to get us out of bad looks, what we’re really looking for in certain things and I’d just say an overall understanding of the offense.”
The former Northwest Mississippi Community College star has a good group of familiar receivers and running backs around him to help make the road smoother.
“No question we’ve got a bunch of guys stepping up right now at receiver. On the outside right now we’ve got Jimmy Williams and Davon Grayson. They’re both making crazy plays,” Minshew said, “Quay Johnson had a great day today and then from the slots we’ve got guys like Steve Baggett, Quay and Dre (Andre Farrier) all stepping up and making plays, so it makes my job really easy knowing that I can really throw it wherever I want. I know I’ve got a player out there.”
Minshew’s development continues and he outlined some of the areas of emphasis that he is concentrating on at the moment and will be working on this summer on an individual basis.
“Just keep the momentum that we have right now. We’re getting better every time we step out here and I look forward to just putting in the work with these guys and getting more conditioning, weights and then the field work that we’re going to have and just continuing to get better is the big thing going into the summer.”
East Carolina winds up camp with a walk-through on Friday followed by the annual Purple-Gold Spring Game this Saturday at 2 p.m. as part of the Pigskin Pigout at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Stay tuned for continuing coverage of ECU football here on PirateIllustrated.com.