Holtz Shortens Pirates Practice

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Citing a lack of intensity, effort and focus inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex, East Carolina Head Coach Skip Holtz ended the Pirates’ Tuesday night practice prematurely by sending his team to the locker room with 40 minutes remaining in the session.

After wrapping up a two-a-day schedule with a late-night session in full pads Monday, the Pirates dressed down for what was supposed to be a two-and-a-half hour, shells-only workout that stressed team-on-team work and covered situational drills such as down-and-distance and redzone efficiency.

"I thought we certainly didn’t approach practice with the intensity, effort and focus we needed out there tonight,” Holtz said. “We looked like we had a complacent attitude, were simply going through the motions not trying to get better, so I decided that we should just call it a night. Right now we look very average and that’s not going to cut it around here, nor will it be something I will tolerate.”

Although it concluded earlier than expected, the Pirates’ 13th practice of preseason camp did officially begin preparations for Saturday's pivotal intra-squad scrimmage that will produce the first published depth chart of the fall.

After evaluating Saturday's scrimmage on tape and making additional personnel adjustments, Holtz and his staff will look forward to implementing schematics and a game plan for Appalachian State early next week.

NOTES: For the second consecutive day, true freshman WR Dayon Arrington (leg), sophomore DB Emanuel Davis (leg) and junior LB Melvin Patterson (leg) did not practice … OL Sean Allen, LB Nick Johnson and DE C.J. Wilson were all named to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List given to the nation’s top college football lineman (offense or defense) … Wilson was also named to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List, which is given to the nation’s best defensive player … In all, ECU has had at least one player named to seven different preseason national watch list designations: Sean Allen (Rotary Lombardi Award), Matt Dodge (Ray Guy Award), Van Eskridge (Jim Thorpe Award), Ben Hartman (Lou Groza Award), Nick Johnson (Rotary Lombardi Award), Patrick Pinkney (Johnny Unitas Award) and Wilson (Ted Hendricks & Rotary Lombardi Awards) ... Wednesday's Practice Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Season Opener: Sept. 5 vs. Appalachian State in Greenville (12 noon).

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  • by Lou Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    That's right JD, you bandwagon Gators fan. Call up your overpaid and overrated coach and tell him to come to Greenville, NC and meet his maker.
  • by ECUSUX on Aug 19, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    Troy is a pretty darn good team! Watch what you say JC. UGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
  • by JC Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    I guess we will never know will we seeing as Florida would never schedule a quality non-conference opponent like ECU. You are the defending national champs and your non-conference games this year include Troy, Charleston Southern, and Florida International. Way to man up.
  • by JDLadd on Aug 19, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    WRONG AGAIN! I am from Florida and love the Gators in ALL sports! I HATE NC TEAMS!!! If EZU played Florida they'd get mauled by at least 60 points!!
  • by GABE Location: GREENVILLE on Aug 19, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    More like chump in the swamp. JD's comments prove how good ECU has been recently. If ECU was no good then JD would not comment. Thanks JD!
  • by JC Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    And what is your connection to the Gators? Oh yeah, they won the championship last year. I know plenty of people like you. Let me guess, you are a Carolina basketball fan too right. Typical Bandwagon loser fan.
  • by JDLadd on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    WRONG! I am a FLORIDA GATORS FAN!! Chomp in the swamp!!
  • by Lou Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    And let me guess JD, you are a NC State or Carolina fan and didn't attend either school? Good luck to you buddy.
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Aug 18, 2009 at 09:17 PM
    JD Squidbilly stikes again
  • by JDLadd on Aug 18, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    HA HA I sense problems in Purpleville! You ECU fans were spoiled with that fluke 2008 season. Be prepared to fall hard in 2009!!!

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