GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina inched closer to its first intra-squad scrimmage with a pair of team-themed sessions Wednesday at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex. The Pirates spent two-and-half hours wearing shells during the morning workout before returning for a two-hour afternoon session, also in shells.
The twin outings marked the second of three two-a-day practices planned during camp. In all, ECU has 10 more workouts remaining its schedule, including a pair of scrimmages on Aug. 16 and Aug. 23.
“We had our second two-a-day and I thought our guys again attacked it well,” fifth-year head coach Ruffin McNeill said. “The morning workout went very well, then we had our meetings and of course our second practice.
“It’s still competitive periods and competitive groups, but we are at the point where we start exposing all three teams to our opponents. It’s not necessarily our first opponent, but different phases of opponents we will face this year.“
The early session featured 15 minutes of skeleton drills and 22 minutes of team-on-team work that featured emphasis on third-and-short situations for both sides of the ball.
In the afternoon, the Pirates opened with individual drills that included quarterback and running back exchange, receiver timing routes while the linebackers worked on run coverage. The quarterbacks then went through a series of scramble drills with the receivers before another 10 minutes of screen work. During the skeleton phase of the session, the offensive and defensive lines worked on pass rush, which led to the final 25 minutes of team vs. scouts.
The Pirates will return to single practices Thursday and Friday morning before holding the first of two scrimmages of camp early Saturday.
Saturday’s scrimmage will precede the 20th Annual Meet the Pirates event inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium from 5-8 p.m. … Single-game, three-game mini packs and season tickets for all ECU homes games are still available to the Pirate Nation and can be purchased by calling the ECU Athletic Ticket Office at 252-737-4500, through the Online Ticket Center, or by visiting the ECU Athletics Ticket Office.
Thursday's Practice Time: 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Season Opener: Aug. 30 vs. North Carolina Central (8 p.m. EST)