GREENVILLE, N.C. - Head coach Ruffin McNeill and his East Carolina football program continued its spring schedule Wednesday afternoon with another two-hour workout. The session, conducted in shells inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex, was the Pirates' sixth overall and fourth in full pads.
Wednesday's practice also kept preparation efforts on course for ECU's first intra-squad scrimmage of the spring, which is scheduled for Saturday morning at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
"I thought things went well today," McNeill said. "The defense is really flying around the ball and we've been able to add to our packages. Up front, I really like our depth and the progress that has been made. As a group, their attention to detail and physical condition have allowed us to get a little farther along at this point than maybe we've been in the past."
While the Pirates completed the workout with their customary 11-on-11 team session, Wednesday's 40-play, 26-minute period featured a heavy dose of situational work with quarterbacks Brad Wornick, Shane Carden and Cody Keith getting their respective turns in the rotation.
However, the ECU defense enjoyed a decisive upper hand by forcing three turnovers and recording three sacks. End Lee Pegues, nose tackle Michael Brooks and outside linebacker Derrell Johnson each penetrated the backfield during the early stages of the period, while fellow outside linebackers Montese Overton and Maurice Falls picked off passes on consecutive plays. Free safety Lamar Ivey also recovered a Pegues strip to account for the final takeaway.
Offensively, the trio of quarterbacks combined on 16-of-24 passing for 107 yards. Keith, who was 6-of-8 for a unit-best 51 yards, tossed the longest completion of the day when he connected with outside receiver Andrew Bodenheimer for a 19-yard gain.
After an off-day Thursday, East Carolina will return to work Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m. before closing its second week of action with Saturday's scrimmage.
NOTES: Sophomore DE Chrishon Rose (day-to-day) remained sidelined with an ankle injury ... McNeill announced the addition of placekicker Connor Torruella, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound freshman from Garner, N.C., to the Pirates' spring roster Wednesday.
EAST CAROLINA'S 2012 SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Next Workout: Friday, March 30 (3:30-5:50 p.m.)
Remaining Workouts: 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.)