East Carolina’s head football coach Scottie Montgomery named Junior quarterback Gardner Minshew starting quarterback following practice on Tuesday. Minshew threw for 1,347 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions while playing in seven games and making two starts last season for the Pirates. Minshew had a strong preseason camp showing continuous improvements from the 2016 season. This past summer the ECU QB looked to hone in on his mechanics, mental game, as well as becoming a more efficient passer. Minshew headed to South Florida to work with QB coach Ken Mastrole. Mastrole who operates the Mastrole Quarterback Academy out of South Florida works directly with coach Gardy O’Flynn (NPA East Regional Director for Tom House) & Art Hall. MQA provides a full assessment for each quarterback. This includes a qualitative and quantitative analysis. Measuring ball exit speed, hip and shoulder separation, torque (MPH), foot speed, and football IQ. Drills and training overseen by the Micheli Children’s Hospital Division of Sports Injury Prevention. Using high speed video and 3D motion principles the training focuses on identifying timing and sequencing breakdowns in upper and lower body mechanics. Mastrole and Minshew focused on small tweaks as well as footwork, situational drills, film study, and team building. “Gardner is one of very few quarterbacks that cares more about his team and winning then he does for what the quarterback position brings.” said Mastrole. “His work ethic and determination regardless of the situation is why he has continued to overcome adversity and be successful leading ECU.”
The Pirates open up with James Madison on September 2nd at home. Mastrole QB Academy offers quarterback camps, private training, assessments, and competitions in Florida and Nationally. Ken Mastrole is the lead QB coach for the Under Armour All America Camp Series and is also part of the selection committee as well as the ESPN 300.