|7 James Pinkney|
Might rate as one of the nation's best-kept secrets but undoubtedly stands as the most underrated signal-caller in Conference USA ... Has quietly made his impression on the East Carolina record books which will associate him among the David Garrard's, Marcus Crandell's, Jeff Blake's and Danny Gonzales' in the annals of fine Pirate quarterbacks in school history at the conclusion of his career... Stands among the top 50 quarterbacks nationally according to Phil Steele Magazine ...Will open third straight season as ECU's starter in 2006, thus looking to extend the nation's fourth-longest starting streak among quarterbacks (25) ... Has added nearly 15 pounds to lanky frame with exemplary work ethic in strength and conditioning program ... Worked tirelessly to learn new offensive scheme after missing spring drills in '05 - the first workout period for then-new head coach Skip Holtz ... Had to grasp three different offensive systems in a three year period (two different coordinators on John Thompson's staff before Holtz' arrival)... Closed '06 spring drills in notable fashion, completing 13-of-23 passes for 154 and one TD (nine-yard toss to tight end Davon Drew to open the scoring) during the Purple-Gold Game.
2005: Led ECU to the fourth-best passing season in school history ... Started all 11 games and completed 222-of-366 passes for 2,773 yards (60.7 completion percentage) ... Averaged 252.1 passing yards per game, ranking fourth in C-USA ... Accounted for a total of 21 touchdowns (14 pass, seven rush) ... A three-time C-USA Player-of-the-Week selection (Duke, Rice, UAB) ... Turned in top rushing totals of career with 193 yards on 95 carries ... Among the nation's top 50 quarterbacks in points responsible for (43rd), passing efficiency (132.55/45th) and total offense (269.6/20th) ... Accounted for 39 plays of 20 yards or more (37 passing) ... Threw for over 200 yards in 10 of 11 games ... Enjoyed a career-high effort of 355 yards vs. Rice ... Tossed a total of three TDs in three different games (WFU, Rice, Memphis) ... Had a career-high three rushing TDs at SMU (also had two vs. Duke in season opener) ... Set a new ECU single-game record for pass completion percentage vs. the Blue Devils (17-of-21, 81.0 percent) ... Will open senior season with No. 3 ECU career ranks in passing yardage (5,390) and pass completions (455) ... Also currently stands fourth in school history with 34 TD passes and 15 200-yard passing games ... Recipient of team's "Blackbeard Award" (offensive great plays) and Janet Overton Decal Award (49) ... vs. Duke (9/3): Completed 17-of-21 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown against the Blue Devils ... Scored his first rushing TD of his career (finished with two 1-yard scoring runs) ... Also established a then new career-long with a 23-yard rush ... vs. Wake Forest (9/17): Found his respective target on 20-of-45 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns against the Deacons' defense ... His 45 passes were the third most attempts in career as a Pirate ... The three-touchdown effort tied his career best (9/4/04 at West Virginia, 10/30/04 vs. Army, 11/6/04 at Houston) ... Hooked up with Aundrae Allison for a 59-yard TD strike ... vs. West Virginia (9/24): Completed 20-of-33 passes for 204 yards in the contest, the longest coming on a 29-yard strike to Allison ... Suffered six sacks (-24 yards) but had a long carry of six yards ... Tossed his 25th career scoring pass (fifth of the season) when he found Allison in the corner of the endzone with an 11-yarder to rally ECU to within five (20-15) with just five minutes remaining ... vs. Southern Miss (10/1): Completed 20-of-28 passes for 202 yards against the Golden Eagles ... Gained 21 yards on the ground ... vs. Rice (10/8): Connected on 22-of-34 passes for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns ... The three touchdown strikes matched career best (vs. Wake Forest earlier in the season) ... Set a new career-long with an 81-yard bomb to Chris Johnson, breaking the game open in the fourth quarter ... Earned C-USA Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his efforts ... vs. SMU (10/15): Completed 15-of-22 passes for 225 yards against the Mustangs ... Tied Marcus Crandell for the second most 200-plus passing performances with 11 ... Scored a career-best three rushing touchdowns ... Found Phillip Henry with an 80-yard pass play, marking back-to-back weeks with 80+ yard completions ... Set a new career-high in rushing attempts (14) ... vs. Memphis (10/22): Threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns on 26-of-46 passing with no interceptions against the Tigers ... vs. UCF (10/29): Established a new single-season record with his eighth consecutive 200-plus passing performance with a 270-yard game against the Golden Knights ... Guided the Pirates' offensive unit to 542 total yards (272 rush, 270 pass) ... Completed 24-of-46 passes but was picked off a season-high three times ... vs. Tulsa (11/12): Completed 20-of-33 passes for 188 yards and one TD ... Set a new career-high for most passing yards in a single season (2,268), surpassing the mark established during sophomore campaign (2,195) ... Carried the ball 10 times for a gain of 30 yards ... vs. Marshall (11/19): Completed 17-of-25 passes for 219 yards against the Thundering Herd ... Carried the ball eight times for a gain of five yards ... vs. UAB (11/26): Finished junior campaign in exciting fashion, personally guiding ECU to a season-ending win over the Blazers ... Racked up 333 yards of total offense and accounted for three of four Pirate TDs ... Rushed for a career-high 47 yards on six carries (one score), which included a personal-long jaunt of 24 yards ... Completed 21-of-33 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns ... Hit Bobby Good on 15-yard and 55-yard strikes and put the game away with a 24-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter.
2004: ECU's starting quarterback who enjoyed solid sophomore campaign ... Held national rankings of 38th in pass completions per game, 59th in total offense, 56th in points responsible for and 64th in passing efficiency ... Reached two milestones with 100 completions and over 1,000 yards passing after the first six games of the season ... Enjoyed strong season debut at West Virginia, setting new then-personal-highs in pass attempts (51) and TDs (three) ... Followed with a 233-yard effort against Wake Forest (20-of-37, 1 TD) ... Rushed for 29 yards against Demon Deacons with a long of 15 ... Threw a then career-long 75-yard TD pass vs. Cincinnati ... Completed 13-of-23 passes for 126 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions at Louisville ... Led Pirates to their first win of the 2004 season against Tulane with 107 yards passing on 13-of-23 passing and one touchdown (Brian Howard) ... Engineered game-winning scoring drive in final 1:51 vs. Tulane (eight plays, 50 yards) which resulted in FG with 12 seconds left ... Passed for 181 yards and a touchdown in losing effort at Southern Miss ... Tied then-career-highs with 26 completions and three touchdown passes in win over the Black Knights ... Selected as C-USA's Offensive Player-of-the-Week for effort vs. Black Knights (298 total yards, 26-of-36, 285 yards passing, career-long 16-yard rush) ... Passed for 264 yards and ran for a then career-high and team-best 45 yards in loss at Houston ... Threw three TD passes for the second consecutive week but also suffered a career-worst four interceptions vs. UH ... Was 14-of-24 passing for 131 yards with one touchdown and one interception at USF ... Picked up a 22-yard rush (team-high) vs. the Bulls ... Passed for a then-career-high 336 yards versus Memphis on a personal-best 27-of-49 passing with two touchdowns but also matched a career-worst with four picks ... Became just the 11th quarter back in school history to post a 2,000-yard single-season passing year after reaching 2,180 yards during the loss vs. Memphis ... Completed 20 or more passes five times ... Threw a touchdown pass and recorded at least 100 yards in the first 10 consecutive games before experiencing limited action against N.C. State because of a first-quarter injury ... Rushed for 11 yards (two carries) and was 2-of-4 for 15 yards passing against the Wolfpack ... Tied for fifth on the Pirates' single-season TD passes list (18).
2003: Played in eight games as redshirt freshman and drew the starting nod in each of the final three games of the season ... Completed 43-of-87 passes for 422 yards and pair of touchdowns during the season ... Made his ECU debut in the season opener against Cincinnati, but didn't attempt a pass ... Came off the bench to complete 9-of-16 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown against Memphis ... Made his first career start against USF ... Recorded then career-highs for completions (16), attempts (34) and yards passing (146) against the Bulls ... Tossed for over 100 yards for a third consecutive game against Tulane with 126 yards.
2002: Redshirted ... Participated as a scout team member during initial year in ECU program.
High School: Led the larger classification schools in Florida's Palm-Beach County in passing yardage (1,807) ... Completed 98-of-182 passes with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a senior ... Also rushed for 60 yards and four touchdowns ... All-area selection by the Palm Beach Post ... Selected to play in the Treasure Coast Outback All-Star Game ... Third-team all-state pick and two-time all-county selection ... Also played basketball.
Personal: Full name is James J. Pinkney ... Born August 17, 1984.