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Lincoln Riley preparing for brutal 4 game stretch to begin season

As an offensive coordinator, how would you like to compete against Ellis Johnson, Bud Foster, and Everett Withers in the first four weeks of the season?

Let’s be honest, those coaches have made a number of coordinators look really inept on numerous occasions during their careers.

Foster has won the Broyles Award. Spurrier says Johnson is the best defensive coordinator in the country. And Butch Davis said last year, “If Everett doesn’t win it (Broyles Award), they should never give out that award again.”

On the bright side, as an offensive coordinator, you get to spend countless hours this summer watching film of some of the best schemes and fundamentals in the country. Undoubtedly, you will learn a lot from three of the most respected defensive coordinators in the college game.

Welcome to the world of Lincoln Riley.

Going into his second year as the offensive coordinator at East Carolina, Riley is preparing for a brutal four game start that includes South Carolina (in Charlotte), Virginia Tech, UAB, and North Carolina. The latter three are all in Greenville.

Riley told this week,“I don’t really think this group really cares who we are playing. That is how you want it. If you sit there and worry all day about who you are playing and you quit worrying about yourself and what you’ve got to do, you are going to have trouble executing and that is what is most important. I think when our kids want to play in big games and prove themselves against good competition.”

“Offensively, our kids feel that we can go out and play with anyone offensively and that we are only going to get better as long as we keep working. Right now there is a confidence that we can do whatever we want to do against anyone as long as we keep working and we stay who we are. I think if you ask any guy in this offense about that, they will tell you the same thing. There is a confidence level there… let’s worry about us and play as good as we can and if we play as good as we can, things will turnout in our favor. We try to stay focused on that and not worry about who we play but how we play.”

Riley added, “I see the personality of this team a little bit as a team that is going to out-work people. This team works really hard, and offensively, I think we have a pretty confident group, we just have to continue being more efficient at what we do.”

The rest of the East Carolina offensive staff includes Brandon Jones (offensive line), Donnie Kirkpatrick (inside receivers / recruiting coordinator), Clay McGuire (running backs / special teams coordinator), Dennis Simmons (outside receivers), and Landon Hoefer (offensive grad assistant).