GREENVILLE, N.C. – After enjoying its first off day of camp Tuesday, East Carolina returned to the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Wednesday morning with a two-and-a-half hour workout in shells. The heat and humidity was a challenge for the Pirates as the temperature reached 88 degrees with a heat index of 96.
“Today started a little slow, but picked up toward the end,” head coach Ruffin McNeill said. “I saw some good things happen. We got our reps in and some quality work. I’m more interested in quality than quantity.”
McNeill’s message to the squad at the start of practice was to treat every repetition as if it were a game situation. Sticking with the staff’s plan of getting in a lot of team-on-team work this week to continue evaluating personnel, over an hour of the practice was conducted in skeleton drills or against early-designated scouts.
After going through basic drills and routes at the beginning of the workout, the offense spent periods against scouts working on screens and inside release and with wide receivers going one-on-one against defensive backs.
“Most of our focus right now is on East Carolina and making sure we get better each day,” McNeill added. “I like the way we have picked up the execution on offense, defense and special teams. We were able to get more situational work in today and that’s the direction we’ll head.”
During skeleton work, the offense focused on redzone and goal-line plays. The final 28 minutes of practice were dedicated to team-on-team, conducted on Hight Field, with a highlight being a 30-yard touchdown pass from Dominique Davis to Dwayne Harris.
ECU will have a walk-through this afternoon and has two more scheduled practices this week to prepare for its second intra-squad scrimmage of the fall Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Notes: Antonio Allison, Michael Dobson, Ben Herlocker, Gray Mazzone and Steve Spence all missed Wednesday’s practice due to injury … The Pirates’ scrimmage Saturday precedes the 16th annual Meet The Pirates Night, ECU's preseason football fanfest, which will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday’s Practice Time: 3:15-5:55 p.m.
Season Opener: Sept. 5 vs. Tulsa in Greenville (2:00 p.m.)