With the recent announcement of former North Carolina offensive lineman WIll Dancy joining the program as a graduate transfer, the East Carolina Pirates now have two graduate transfers from P5 programs on the current roster.
Coprich at running back:
Jeffrey Coprich, a running back from the Cal Bears, is a California native and relative of former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. The 5-8, 175 pound player was a three-star signee to the Golden Bears out of West Ranch High School. His transfer was announced during spring practice.
Coprich redshirted in 2012, rushed for 156 yards as in 2013, missed the 2014 season due to injury, and rushed for 49 yards in 2015. His career has been stifled so far by a nagging foot injury that limited his playing time in each of the last two seasons.
The senior is best known for his work off the field work with charities, even getting selected to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The award recognizes an athlete’s commitment to community service.
While listed as a senior, Coprich is immediately able to play and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Currently, the Pirates have a total of eight running backs on the 2016 roster. Former quarterback James Summers is the leading returning rusher with 446 yards on 96 carries to go along with a team-high eight rushing touchdowns last fall.
Also returning are junior Anthony Scott (49/207/1TD), sophomore Shawn Furlow (25/83/0TD), sophomore Devin Anderson (5/45/0TD). Former Tennessee running back Derrell Scott, as well as incoming freshmen Hussein Howe and Johnnie Glaspie will also battle for playing time.
Dancy on the offensive line:
Will Dancy, an offensive lineman for North Carolina, is a Graham, North Carolina native that started his career in the JUCO ranks. His transfer was officially announced very recently. with Dancy taking some time after graduation to pick the best program for his final year.
Dancy was a two-star recruit that saw attended Iowa Western during the spring, before transferring to Eastern Arizona during the summer. He earned all-conference honors for the Monsters and left the program to sign with North Carolina in May of 2013.
During his first two seasons with the Tar Heels, Dancy saw action in 23 games that included starts versus Liberty and San Diego State in the 2014 season. Expecting to see significant playing time in 2015, the 6-4, 310 pound guard instead missed the entire season with an Achilles injury.
He was able to use a medical redshirt for the 2015 season and graduated in the spring of 2016. Dancy will be immediately eligible to play. He will have one season of eligibility remaining.
While he must prove that he is completely over his injury from 2015, Dancy's best chance at starting this fall will come at the open left guard position held by Quincy McKinney and Tre Robertson in 2015. Garrett McGhin looks to be the man to beat after an impressive spring.
The Pirates currently have 18 offensive linemen on the 2016 roster that includes returning starters Brandon Smith (11 starts in 2015 at LT), J.T. Boyd (11 starts at RG, 1 at C), and Christian Matau (4 starts at C). Kyle Erickson (11 GP), Bladen Gatling (4 GP), and Garrett McGhin (12 GP) all saw playing time in 2016 as well.
The offensive line also includes Des Barmore, Justin Sandifer, Messiah Rice, Erik Lenzen, Jared Huneycutt, Dalton Montgomery, Sean Bailey, Branden Pena, Cortez Herrin, Jack Doyle, and D'Ante Smith.
With these two transfers, the Pirates will head into the season with seven transfers from P5 programs that include punter Worth Gregory (Alabama), kicker Eric Kristensen (Virginia Tech), quarterback Philip Nelson (Rutgers), kicker Davis Plowman (Texas A&M), and running back Derrell Scott (Tennessee).