GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill officially completed his first fall camp as the Pirates wrapped up the NCAA-recognized preseason period with an approximate hour-and-a-half practice in shells Monday afternoon inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex.
“I really like the way the kids carried over from the spring to right now,” McNeill said. “One of the main goals of camp was to develop leaders. That’s still a work in progress, but I see some guys who are stepping out and taking hold of those roles.”
McNeill and his staff guided the Pirates through opening individual and positional drills before conducting 41 minutes of team-on-team. The offense spent time against early-designated scouts and in skeleton drills focusing on screens and third-down plays.
“I think we’re almost there on fundamentals,” McNeill added. “I like our progress. The fundamentals override everything. It seems simple, but blocking and tackling are two things you have to be able to do well.”
The Pirates went through 15 minutes of special teams and dedicated the final quarter hour to team-on-team work.
“We will focus on Tulsa some this week, but we’ll dive more into them next week,” McNeill said.
The first-year head coach also indicated the program’s initial depth chart of the season is still being formulated and will be released prior to McNeill’s first press conference of the season, Monday, Aug. 30.
The Pirates will treat the next four days as a mock game week before beginning their traditional pregame preparation in earnest with a light workout in helmets and shorts Sunday night.
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