East Carolina Returns To Work After First Scrimmage

After completing their first official intra-squad scrimmage of the spring Friday, the East Carolina Pirates returned to Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Monday afternoon and turned in a determined two-hour workout in full pads.

Fourth-year head coach Skip Holtz and his staff are nearing the completion of full game-tape evaluations and the development of ECU's first public depth chart which will be released Wednesday afternoon.

"I think we accomplished what our objectives were Friday," Holtz said after reviewing the 130-plus-play controlled scrimmage. "We have a lot of guys back at a lot of positions, but with that said, we also have a lot of guys who have never played. Yet, although we've got that line of separation of sorts, I thought we did some good things out there as a group."

Monday's session was ECU's 10th of the spring period, leaving just five more practices remaining, including a second scrimmage scheduled for Friday afternoon and the playing of the Purple-Gold Game April 12.

"As we near the end of spring, we'll obviously go much the deeper into the team concept and keep working towards defining the big picture," Holtz continued. "This week we'll emphasize down and distance orientation, such as first-and-10 and moving the chains on third down. It's all moving pretty fast, especially when you realize we will only be out here together five more times before we have to put everything away until August."

After conducting brief standard individual segments to open Monday's session, the Pirates spent the majority of the practice working primarily on team drills, keying on the aforementioned down and distance situational tendencies on both sides of the ball.

Notes: Holtz announced that the Pirates will use Wednesday, April 9 as a make-up date for a practice that was originally scheduled for February 27 (opening workout of the spring period) and postponed because of inclement weather ... Junior college transfer OL T.J. Harper returned to work Monday after missing Friday's scrimmage because of a shoulder injury suffered two days earlier.