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October 18, 2013

ECU Notes: Tigers prepare to battle Northwestern Oklahoma State

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Sophomore Spencer Bond took control of both the running and passing aspects of the game against Ouachita Baptist, leading the Tigers in rushing and passing.

  Bond had a passing TD and a rushing TD in the game and ran for a team-high 150 yards.  He then added a career-best 406 yards of total offense at No. 8 Henderson State.  For the season he has a 127.3 passing efficiency, 1,244 passing yards, nine touchdowns and 1,492 yards of total offense.

Penalties have been a key point for ECU so far this season, with two losses coming when they recorded more penalties than their opponents.  This was evident in the loss to Ouachita Baptist when the Tigers committed 13 penalties for 124 yards.  As a team, ECU is averaging 85.2 yards in penalties per game in 2013.

In the Tigers game at Southern Arkansas special teams led the way.  ECU scored a safety and a touchdown on a kickoff return.  Senior LaQuan Harper tallied a total of 111 yards for the night on kickoff returns, including a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.  Fellow senior Ruben Tiller added two more points for special teams, with a safety on a point after attempt return in the fourth quarter.

Defense Producing Offense: Junior Qumain Black had an outstanding first game of the season for the Tigers and was named the GAC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

Black intercepted a pair of passes against Arkansas-Monticello. He returned the second interception 80 yards for the final touchdown of the game.  In the first quarter, he returned his first interception 58 yards to the five-yard line that led to the second touchdown of the game.

Last season Justin Todd was behind Titus Mobley on the depth chart.  This year he may be behind JoJo Snell, but he has already made a spot for himself on the field.  In the first game of the year, Todd doubled the number of touchdowns he had scored in his career and recorded more yards than he had in 2012 combined.   Todd had eight rushes for 97 yards (85 yards in 2012) and tallied two touchdowns (1 TD in 2011) all in the first half.

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