A letterwinner for the Pirates on the gridiron from 1977-80, Wayne Inman was one of the first great offensive linemen to compete at ECU. His outstanding ability, however, almost went unnoticed until coach Pat Dye saw Inman play at the East-West All-Star game following his senior season. Dye offered Inman a scholarship and he went on to become one of the best linemen in the country the next three years.
During Inman's career, ECU earned its first bowl appearance in 13 years when the Pirates defeated Louisiana Tech, 35-13, in the 1978 Independence Bowl. That highlight came the season before Inman earned his top personal achievement on the field. In 1979, he was tabbed third-team All-America as the top blocker for the nation's No. 1 rushing offense, becoming just the fifth Pirate, and the first offensive player, in history to earn that honor. Inman also earned back-to-back All-South Independent honors in 1978-79.
Inman's playing days, however, were cut short by injury as he missed most of his senior season.