|15 Patrick Pinkney|
East Carolina's starting quarterback who has played an integral role in the Pirates' combined 17 victories and pair of bowl appearances in back-to-back seasons, while also leading Pirates to a Conference USA title in 2008 ... Was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Jan. 23, 2009 (missed entire 2005 season due to a shoulder injury and subsequent multiple surgical procedures) ... Projected to open final season as the projected starter for the second-straight year after teaming with Rob Kass to give ECU one of the strongest rotating quarterbacking systems in the nation during the 2007 campaign ... A charismatic, personable, exciting, energetic and multi-dimensional signal-caller who finally reaped the benefits of a long climb up the offensive depth chart after completing an exhausting comeback from the aforementioned shoulder surgeries ... Enjoyed an injury-free spring in '07 and responded with a strong performance that vaulted him into the spotlight ... Has maintained his trademark elusiveness ability while arm strength has appeared to surpass where it was prior to the injury ... In addition to quickness and an accurate throwing arm, his poise and maturity are matched by few, even among seasoned leaders ... Hit 13-of-22 passes for a game-high 166 yards during the first spring scrimmage (4/4) ... Was 17-of-24 for 173 yards and a TD during second contest (4/8) ... Connected with Darryl Freeney (23 yards) on the scoring toss ... Passed for a contest-best 229 yards (19- of-26) with a pair of scoring tosses during the Purple-Gold Game (4/18)...Found Michael Bowman with nine- and 59-yard TD strikes ... Also rushed for 10 yards, two coming on a touchdown plunge to open the second half and break a 10-10 deadlock ... Will enter the 2009 campaign standing fifth in the ECU career record books with 4,033 passing yards and sixth in completions with 344 ... In 27 overall games and 18 starts, has delivered 24 touchdown throws while suffering just 11 interceptions in 563 total attempts ... In addition, has rushed for 356 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 169 carries during his Pirate career, which spans back to the fall of 2004 but didn't include any varsity competition until three years later ... A national selection to the Consensus Draft Service's 2009 All-Underappreciated Team ...Earned a bachelor's degree in health fitness in December, 2008.
2008: Opened 13 of 14 games and completed 223-of-363 passes for 2,675 yards and 13 touchdowns, which included a season-high 296-yard effort against Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Established a new school single-game completion percentage standard with a 19-of-23 (82.6 percent) performance against No. 17 Virginia Tech before turning in a 22-of-28 (78.6) effort a week later against No. 8 West Virginia - both accomplishments resulting in ECU victories ... Selected as the C-USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week for play against the Hokies and picked up AT&T All-America Player-of-the-Week and Rivals.com Player-of-the-Week accolades for accomplishments vs. the Mountaineers ... In addition, earned an ESPN GameDay Final helmet sticker for performance against West Virginia while his 13-yard TD pass to Alex Taylor with 0:47 remaining in the second quarter (extended ECU's lead to 17-3 at halftime) was nominated as the Pontiac Game Changing Play-of-the-Week ... Had eight-game starting streak snapped against UCF before regaining top spot against Marshall ... Passed for 200 or more yards on eight occasions, including four in a row (211/Virginia Tech, 236/West Virginia, 260/Tulane, 210/N.C. State) to begin season, increasing career total to 10 ... Added other four 200-plus yard outings in last six contests (287/Marshall, 222/UAB, 228/UTEP, 296/Kentucky) ... Accounted for a passing touchdown in 11 games, including six straight to open the season ... Booked two scoring passes in a contest twice (Tulane, UTEP) ... In addition to the season-high 296-yard aerial effort, also turned in a personal-long completion of 80 yards (TD to Darryl Freeney) against Wildcats during bowl action ... Rushed for 50 yards on 90 carries with a long of 14 (Tulane) ... Contributed only ground touchdown in season opener vs. Virginia Tech - a three-yard run late in the third period ... Top rushing effort of year was a 38-yard, nine-carry performance vs. N.C. State at Carter-Finley Stadium ... Also picked up 24 yards on 11 attempts vs. Hokies ... Connected on first eight passing attempts vs. West Virginia (6-of-6 for 62 yards in first quarter) ... Other long completion of note was a 51-yard TD throw to Norman Whitley vs. Tulane ... Enjoyed a stretch of 11 consecutive completions against Green Wave (0:18 mark of second quarter to 2:51 mark of third quarter) after opening the game 2-of-6 ... Guided ECU on a game-winning drive that ended with a 24-yard TD pass to Jamar Bryant with 1:41 remaining (completed 3-of-4 passes for 64 yards and rushed four times for 21 yards during march) ... Bounced back from Memphis and UCF contests (combined 118 yards on 9-of-21 passing) with a 287-yard outing vs. Marshall (season-bests in completions/26 and attempts/37) ... Suffered a total of seven interceptions, a season-high two coming at Southern Miss ... Completed 19-of-25 passes for 222 yards vs. UAB, connecting on the first four of the game for 60 yards ... Followed with a 17-of-23, 228-yard afternoon against UTEP ... Connected with Freeney (32-yarder) and Brandon Simmons (seven) on scoring strikes vs. Miners while leading East Carolina to season-bests in rushing yards (231), total yards (475) and points (53) ... Guided Pirates to scores on all eight offensive possessions while under center (5 TD, 3 FG) against UTEP ... Found Kevin Gidrey on a 13-yard touchdown throw to open ECU's scoring vs. Tulsa in the C-USA Championship Game before finishing with 122 yards (10-of-24) ... Completed first four pass attempts for 62 yards during Pirates' first drive against Golden Hurricane ... Finished season with an 18-of-36 effort vs. Kentucky at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
2007: Part of a duo-quarterback system who started five of 13 games played (North Carolina, Southern Miss, West Virginia, Houston and Boise State) ... Completed 60.5 percent of his passes (121-for-200) for 1,358 yards with 11 TDs and four interceptions ... Accounted for at least two TDs in the air in four games (3/North Carolina, 2/Southern Miss, 2/UAB, 2/Memphis) ... Ranked sixth in Conference USA in passing efficiency (131.7) ... Ran for 306 yards (3.9 ypc) with one score, ranking second on the team ... Had career-best effort in first-ever collegiate start against in-state rival North Carolina, passing for 406 yards (31-of-41) and three scores to earn C-USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week and College Sports Report Player-of-the-Week honors ... Also received an ESPN Gameday Final helmet sticker for play against the Tar Heels ... Made long-awaited college debut at Virginia Tech, coming off the bench to relieve starter Brett Clay with a 14-of-25, team-high 115-yard passing performance ... Also ran for an additional 48 yards on nine carries against Hokies ... Turned in only other 200-plus-yard of season against Southern Miss (203) after completing 20-of-33 tosses ... Did not reach triple digit passing totals again until producing the milestone in four of the last five games ... Shook off a five-game (West Virginia/7-of-14 for 43, Houston/5-of-14 for 46, UCF/3-of-4 for 9, UTEP/0-of-1 and N.C. State /0-of-2) struggles by bouncing back to complete six-of-seven passes for 159 and two TDs against UAB on Oct. 27 ... Added 105 air yards (8-of-16) and a career-high rushing 94 yards on eight carries at Memphis... Scored on a personal-long 45-yard run in the first quarter ... Connected on 13-of-21 passes for 109 yards a week later vs. Marshall before experiencing limited action in regular season finale against Tulane (2-of-3, 45 yards) ... Earned fifth start of season against Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl and completed 12-of-19 passes for 118 yards and a score ... Found Chris Johnson on an 18-yard touchdown strike midway through the second quarter that pushed the Pirates' lead to 24-7.
2006: Member of scout team while completing his rehabilitation assignments.
2005: Did not participate during fall season (surgery, rehabilitation) ... Was cleared to participate in spring drills but was not allowed to partake in any contact work before re-injuring shoulder prior to preseason camp.
2004: Spent most of the season on the Pirates' redshirt roster, nursing a sore shoulder ... Was activated by previous coaching staff to play in the Pirates' JV contest against Hargraves Military Academy Oct. 12 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Completed 10-of-22 passes for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead ECU to a 19-7 win ... Tossed scoring passes to Bryson Bowling (14 yards) and Steven Rogers (19 yards).
High School: Threw for 1,680 yards and 12 TDs as a senior team captain at Pine Forest High School ... Completed 122-of-137 passes while rushing for 1,172 yards and 17 scores on 202 carries for coach Dean Saffos ... A four-year starter who led squad to the third round of the state playoffs during senior season ... Earned all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Chosen to all-state squad and was selected to play in the East-West All-Star game after senior campaign ... Played key role for a Trojan program that produced a four-year record of 30-14 ... Named freshman-of-the-year after outstanding rookie year (led team to 8-3 mark) ... Rated as the 31st-best prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep Magazine ... Timed at 4.6 in the 40 during prep time trials ... Also earned four varsity letters each in basketball and baseball ... In the classroom, earned selection to Honor Roll and was chosen as Pine Forest's "Most Outstanding Senior."
Personal: Full name is Patrick Brian Pinkney ... Born April 15, 1986 at Fayetteville, N.C. ... Is pursuing a second undergraduate degree as a child development and family relations major this fall ... Son of former ECU defensive back Reggie Pinkney (1974-76), a first-team All-Southern Conference performer who was a sixth-round draft choice by the Detroit Lions in 1977 ... Half-brother of former Wake Forest All-America linebacker Aaron Curry, who was a first-round draft selection (fourth overall pick) by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2009 NFL Draft ... An ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll performer in the classroom.