GREENVILLE, N.C. - Head Coach Skip Holtz officially completed his fifth fall camp at East Carolina as the Pirates wrapped up the NCAA-recognized preseason period with a two-and-a-half-hour, full pad workout Monday afternoon inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex.
After the Pirates hit the field for their regular individual group and kicking sessions’, Holtz guided his squad through a physical 90-minute 11-on-11 enhanced team-on-team segment that pitted all three offensive and defensive units against one another. Highlighting the offense was a 40-yard TD reception by senior Dominique Lindsay from senior Patrick Pinkney and a pair of 50-plus-yard scoring runs by juniors Jonathan Williams and Norman Whitley.
With the start of classes Tuesday, ECU will return to its in-season schedule which regularly will include daily 4:00 p.m. practices Tuesday through Thursday with an off day each Monday.
“It was the last day of camp and it was a doozie,” Holtz said. “We went 26 periods and had a pretty spirited practice. We got in a lot of team work and a lot of hitting.
“We put them in a bunch of different situations,” Holtz added. “We did some red-zone work and then put them inside the 10-yard line and worked on some things in there. We also in got some team pressure, and at the end, we were able to some four-minute offense where you’re trying to make a first down to win the game and the defense is trying to stop you.”
The Pirates will now focus their attention toward the final scrimmage of the preseason, set for Friday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. After an off-day Saturday, East Carolina will begin its traditional game week schedule in earnest with a Sunday night workout in helmets and shorts beginning at 8:30 p.m.
In addition to serving as a dress rehearsal for the opener against Appalachian State, Holtz indicated that Friday's contest will also afford him and his staff one last opportunity to evaluate personnel on both sides of the ball before releasing his first official game-week depth chart.
"I'm really ready to get into our weekly routines," Holtz added. "I'm ready to have everybody go to class, get adjusted and get acclimated to our weekly schedule. On the other hand, I also wish we had another week of camp. We need it just as long as we can keep the guys healthy. We need to continue to get better and get that extra work in with so many of the young players who are stepping up into back-up roles for us."
Notes: Red-shirt freshman Dayon Arrington (leg), true freshman TE Zico Pasut (shoulder), senior RB J.R. Rogers (knee), junior DL Josh Smith (ankle) and redshirt freshman DB Bill Wallace (ankle) did not participate in Monday’s practice session … The Pirates officially closed camp this afternoon with their annual talent show, where each new member had to sing the school’s alma mater … Season Opener: Sept. 5 vs. Appalachian State in Greenville (12 noon).