GREENVILLE, N.C. - Calling it a "better" start, ECU Head Football Coach Scottie Montgomery wrapped up the second week of spring workouts by guiding the Pirates through a gusty 90-minute practice Friday afternoon on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex.
The session was ECU's seventh of the spring and fourth conducted in full gear.
The Pirates completed the first half of their practice schedule with detailed install and fundamental emphasis on individual and team-on-team drill work. Upon returning from the spring break holidays, ECU will have eight days remaining that features contact work, which includes full scrimmages on March 17 and March 24, to offer Montgomery and his staff more clarity in formulating their evolving depth chart.
"We're getting better," Montgomery said. "Collectively, I feel like we've gotten off to a good start this spring, but there's still a lot of work to do. I can't question our effort or our focus, and because of that, there's been a level of improvement that's visible."
Similar to Wednesday's outing, team periods addressed ECU's run and pass packages, plus first-and-10 situational snaps.
Quarterbacks Reid Herring (14-of-21, 214 yards) and Holton Ahlers (6-of-18, 43) took the majority of snaps during the three team sessions and combined on 20-of-39 passing for 257 yards. Herring turned in the longest throw with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Trevon Brown, while Ahlers found Duce Fuller on an 11-yard toss. From a rushing perspective, Hussein Howe picked up 66 yards on seven carries, which included a 28-yard scoring jaunt. Four Pirate backs recorded a combined 124 yards on 19 attempts - an average of 6.5 yards per carry.
Among the Pirate defense's highlights was an interception in the endzone by Colby Gore during the overtime period that thwarted a No. 1 unit score and notable tackles for loss by Shaun James and Aaron Ramseur.
Friday's practice preceded a nine-day layoff for the Pirates, who will return to open their third week of workouts Monday, March 12.
NOTES: The Pirates announced two title changes for members of their coaching staff as former quality control coordinators David Mackie (defense) and Louis Swaba (offense) are now serving as senior defensive analyst and offensive analyst, respectively ... In addition to his 28-yarder, Howe also scored during the OT session on a 12-yarder ... Ahlers tallied the No. 2 squad's TD with a two-yard plunge, which followed a 14-yarder ... DL Brandon Henderson, OL John Spellacy and LB Ray Tillman missed their second day of work because of injury, while RB Darius Pinnix joined them on the sidelines for the first time Friday ... OL D'Ante Smith, who sat out Wednesday's practice, returned to the lineup.