ECU Holds Pro Day And Spring Practice

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina conducted its second official spring workout with an 80-minute practice early Thursday morning on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Complex.

After beginning camp with a pair of introductory sessions in shorts and helmets to comply with the NCAA's mandated "acclimation" period, ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff will direct the Pirates' first full-pad drills Friday afternoon.

"We wanted to get that second day of acclimation where we can't wear pads and we did that this morning," McNeill said. "It was a bit of a change for them but I thought they got warmed up and it turned out to be a real good practice."

East Carolina continued to stress positional basics throughout the abbreviated workout, which was scheduled as a make-up after Wednesday's practice was postponed because of lightning. After opening with traditional individual work, both units spent the remainder of the morning engaged in skeleton, situational, unit-specific one-on-one and 11-on-11 team segments.

Defensively, secondary personnel and outside linebackers directly engaged with receivers and offensive tackles, respectively, to emphasize pass coverage and pass rush technique work.

"I see the kids talking to each other (on that side of the ball)," McNeill said. "I see them discussing techniques and calls, which is great. I heard two guys talking fundamentals and position on a certain call and that's a big part of it. The staff is adding more and more as we go."

The Pirates will follow Friday's practice with another full-gear session Saturday morning before opening the second week of work Monday.

NOTES: East Carolina conducted its annual Senior Pro Timing Day later Thursday morning ... A total of 13 players who wrapped up their eligibility last November underwent testing in the Murphy Center and on Hight Field in front of a collection of 20 scouts representing National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL) franchises ... After physical (height, weight, hand, arm) measurements were taken, the former Pirates were tested in the vertical jump, broad jump and bench press before moving outside for 40-yard dash and short shuttle course times, along with various positional workouts.

Next Workout: Friday, March 23 (3:45-5:50 p.m.)
Remaining Workouts: March 24, March 26, March 28, March 30, March 31 (scrimmage), April 2, April 4, April 6, April 7 (scrimmage), April 9, April 11 and April 14 (Purple-Gold Game, 2:30 p.m.)

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM
    If you two idiots will realize, ECU has had a history of having guys from each class in the NFL, and the last 2 superbowl champions had someone from ECU. Either put your names up there or don't comment at all. Put up or shut up and stop being cowards.
  • by James Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM
    Lol, the only BOWL that a mediocre/Non-BCS team like ECU will ever be going too is the Virtual Toilet Bowl!! lol
  • by James Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM
    Lol, the only BOWL that a mediocre/Non-BCS team like ECU will ever be going too is the Virtual Toilet Bowl!! lol
  • by .-.-. on Mar 22, 2012 at 04:58 PM
    Pro day??? What a joke! This is ECU we are talking about. You know, the MID MAJOR non BCS team!!
  • by getting real on Mar 22, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    Why does ECU have a pro day? Did anybody see this team play last fall? Today is just another day of waste by AD Hollands' administration.

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