Holtz Pleased With Effort After Spirited Practice

GREENVILLE, N.C. - After removing some rust Monday following a 10-day layoff, East Carolina followed with another crisp and spirited two-hour workout on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Wednesday afternoon to complete the first three weeks of spring drills early in anticipation of the Easter Holidays.

The session was the Pirates' sixth practice of the spring period and leaves just nine more workouts to go, including two scrimmages and the annual Purple-Gold Spring Game set for April 12.

"It certainly was another good, albeit short, week," ECU Head Coach Skip Holtz said. "I can't be any more pleased with the attitude, the communication and the comraderie out there. We're obviously not at the point where we can call ourselves a well-polished machine, but we're getting a lot of great work in. There have been many positive surprises out here already with the individual and team work we've put in and we haven't even started the scrimmage phase of the spring yet - something we are certainly looking forward to for the next three weeks."

Similar to Monday's practice, East Carolina emphasized the sharpening of its team preparation, working on various sets and schemes with different roster matchup designations. For the second straight workout, the Pirates carried out many 11-on-11 drills which featured different variables in ECU's rushing and passing attack before ending the session with first-down-and-10 and other situational segments.

ECU will take the long weekend off in observance of Good Friday and the Easter Sunday before opening its fourth week of work Monday, which includes the playing of the spring's first intra-squad scrimmage Friday, March 28.

NOTES: In addition to a handful of players sitting out spring drills working on rehabilitation assignments following off-season surgery, the Pirates added a few more names to the injury list during the week ... DL Antonio Allison (concussion), WR Michael Bowman (leg), WR Dwayne Harris (upper back), CB Jerek Hewett (leg) and DL Maurice Mercer (foot) all missed either one or both sessions during the shortened week but are expected back Monday or are on day-to-day status ...LB Dalvon Mack (hand) is out indefinitely.