GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina turned in its sixth practice of fall camp Wednesday morning at Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex. Under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 70’s, second-year head coach Scottie Montgomery and his staff guided the Pirates through a near two-hour full-pad workout.
“I thought we had another good practice today,” Montgomery said. “We are getting the benefit right now of some great weather and that has allowed us to put together a string of good practices. At the close of today, we had a good competition period in the red zone where we saw some great runs and a good throw by (Thomas) Sirk at the end to score with the second group. The first group did a great job with a nice design play scoring on the left side edge. I think we need to do a better job of continuing to grow and protecting our quarterback.
“Defensively, I’ve liked what I have seen so far. I was really concerned about our ability to block up front, but we were able to handle that today and saw our secondary make plays on and around the ball. The combination of the pass rush and the defensive secondary is really helping us. Right now, we are starting to gel a little bit as a team, but we have a long way to go. With all the added talent and competition, our program is getting better each day.”
ECU conducted special team and individual unit meetings before taking the field for its second full-pad session of camp. The Pirates spent a total of 23 minutes on special teams work and a combined 28 minutes of team with focus on all facets of the game, including 10 minutes on red zone efficiency. Additional time during individual group work was spent on routes vs. air, pass and run blocking, as well as gap assignments.
Following lunch and a lifting regimen with strength coach Jeff Connors and his staff, the Pirates returned to the field for a walk-through before closing with dinner, special teams and unit meetings.
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Pirate Profile: LB Jordan Williams
My dream vacation is: Going to Trinidad on a boat.
Person in history I’d most like to meet (& why): Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens linebacker and Super Bowl Champion) because he was a passionate leader.
Best athlete I’ve played against: Akeem Judd (former Ole Miss running back and current Tennessee Titan).
Player on this team who’ll surprise this year: Tim Irvin (defensive back). He brings that hitting power and tenacity on defense.
If I could attend any sporting event it would be: Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor boxing match.
I can’t imagine living without: My Madden NFL PlayStation game.
My favorite sports announcer is: John Madden (Hall of Fame Coach for the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster).
My favorite movie is: 300.
If I could be a character in a movie or a TV show, it would be: Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained.
My favorite cartoon/TV shot as a child was: Dragon Ball Z.
If I were a superhero I’d be: Batman.
What’s the No. 1 song on your iPod/phone: Many Men by 50 Cent.
If I could play a musical instrument, it would be: The flute.
My favorite pro sports team is: New England Patriots.
The one thing I would most want to accomplish in football is: Winning an American Athletic Conference Championship.
The thing I like most about ECU is: The brotherhood on the team and the fans, which are the best in the country.
My favorite midnight snack: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
When I played football as a kid, I pretended I was: Reggie Bush.
My teammates don’t know that I’m: The best swimmer on the team.
If I had 10 million dollars, I would buy: A yacht so I can sail to Trinidad.
When I want to get away from my sport, I: Sleep.
My advice to kids is: When you face adversity just keep going and never stop.
The biggest obstacle I’ve overcome was: Getting to ECU and playing Division I Football.
I’m proudest of: Being relentless when facing adversity, and keep moving forward.
My most prized possession is: My car (Mozalina, that’s what I call her).
Nobody believes me when I tell them: That I can do a back flip.
After meeting Coach Montgomery for the first time, I thought to myself: He has his head on his shoulders and knows exactly what he wants. He is going to be a great coach.
Describe Coach Montgomery in three words or less: Assertive, leader and flamboyant.
Thursday’s Practice Time: 10:15 a.m. – 12 noon (ET)
Meet The Pirates: Aug. 12 inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (6-9 p.m.)
Season Opener: Sept. 2 vs. James Madison in Greenville (6 p.m.)