East Carolina moved one step closer to the official end of preseason camp by completing its last two-a-day schedule Monday morning and evening on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex.
The Pirates worked for two hours in shells during the morning session before returning in full gear for another two-hour practice under the lights. Head coach Skip Holtz will close camp with a single workout early Tuesday afternoon before returning to a traditional in-season schedule Wednesday, which also marks the first day of classes on the East Carolina University campus.
"The light at the end of the tunnel is visible," Holtz said. "We'll wrap things up from a camp perspective Tuesday but obviously our full attention remains solely centered on getting this team ready for Virginia Tech. We've got to get our players familiar and comfortable with what they do from a schematic standpoint. We understand the challenge and the hill we have to climb but this is the only way we are going to build our program the right way."
Prior to implementing offensive and defensive game plans to ready themselves for their matchup against the Hokies Sept. 1, the Pirates keyed on plenty of team work, ball movement, third down and distance and redzone efficiency drills during the sessions.
NOTES: With 22,000 season tickets ordered, the ECU Athletics Ticket Office announced Monday that it has sold out its season ticket allotment for the entire 2007 campaign ... With the announcement, the North Carolina and NC State games are now officially categorized as "sold-out" to non-students ... Full-time ECU students will have the opportunity to pick up their tickets next week during the student pick-up period ... There are still a few single game tickets available for the Southern Miss and UAB (Homecoming) games, but ticket office officials expect those to be gone in the next few weeks, if not sooner ... Fans can order online or by calling 1-800-DIAL-ECU ... Linebackers Nick Johnson and Quentin Cotton returned to action Monday ... Both players wore "non-contact" red jerseys in the morning before Cotton received clearance for a "full-go" at night ... After Tuesday's workout, the Pirates will celebrate the end of camp by conducting their Third Annual Talent Show ... Acts such as freshmen performing ECU's fight song will be one of the many performances featured ... Once classes begin Wednesday, the Pirates will return to their daily 4:00 p.m. practices ... ECU has one more scrimmage remaining, set for Friday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... The simulated game will be a dress-rehearsal of sorts with scout teams emulating Virginia Tech's defensive and offensive alignments and schemes ... Tuesday's Practice Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Season Opener: Sept. 1 at Virginia Tech (12 noon).