Darius Pinnix Jr.

Junior running back Darius Pinnix Jr. carrying the football.

East Carolina University junior running back Darius Pinnix Jr. has been named to the weekly American Athletic Conference Honor Roll after recording a career game on Saturday.

On Saturday, Pinnix rushed for 134 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns, helping the Pirates defeat Gardner-Webb University by a score of 48-9 and setting two career highs in the process. The AAC Honor Roll is reserved as the “honorable mention” for the Player of the Week awards given to the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week.

“Today (Saturday) I came out there with a chip on my shoulder, and Coach Houston, he challenged me this week to be better, be great, he just wants me to be the best that I can be,” Pinnix said following Saturday’s win.

Southern Methodist University senior running back Xavier Jones took home this week’s offense version of the award after he guided his team to a 49-27 win over the University of North Texas.

As for Pinnix, he racked up 172 all-purpose yards on Saturday (134 rushing, 38 receiving) to lead the ECU offensive attack.

A week after averaging 2.1 yards per carry in the season opener against North Carolina State University, Pinnix averaged 6.4 yards per rush against the Bulldogs. As a team, the Pirates rushed for 365 yards and averaged better than seven yards per carry on their way to a 39-point rout of Gardner-Webb.

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