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Pirates Ready for Spring Game

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Head coach Skip Holtz and his East Carolina Pirates
will officially complete their spring season Saturday with the playing
of the annual Purple-Gold Game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium beginning at
3:00 p.m.

Similar to last season, the two teams will be divided up as "East
Carolina" and "Pirates" but unlike Holtz' first two spring clashes where
one squad featured the program's first offensive unit and the other
fielded the top defensive unit, Saturday's rosters were compiled in true
draft fashion with alternating picks by ECU's coaching staff.

With the exception of the top three quarterbacks currently on Holtz'
depth chart, all players have been selected to a particular team. Junior
Patrick Pinkney and sophomores Rob Kass and Brett Clay are expected to
rotate between the two squads in order to get the maximum amount of
repetitions.

Starters identified for "East Carolina" include Jamar Bryant (WR), Ricky
Johnson (WR), Josh Coffman (OL), Doug Palmer (OL), Fred Hicks (OL), Matt
Butler (OL), Travis Melvin (OL), J.R. Kraemer (TE), Chris Johnson (RB),
Jason Simmons (FB), Phillip Henry (WR) and Kyle Johnson (WR) on offense
and Marcus Hands (DE), Nweike Osemene (DT), Mark Robinson (DT), Zach
Slate (DE), Lorenzo Osborne (OLB), Fred Wilson (MLB), Dalvon Mack (OLB),
Dekota Marshall (CB), Van Eskridge (SS), Chris Mattocks (FS) and Jerek
Hewett (CB) on defense.

Players selected to open the contest for the "Pirates" are Alex Taylor
(WR), Steven Rogers (WR), D.J. Scott (OL), Sean Allen (OL), Stephen Heis
(OL), Josh Stahl (OL), Willie Barton (OL), Davon Drew (TE), Dominique
Lindsay (RB), Kevin Gidrey (FB), Dwayne Harris (WR) and Jeremy Bullard
(WR) on offense and C.J. Wilson (DE), Jay Ross (DT), Wendell Chavis
(DT), Scotty Robinson (DE), A.J. Johnson (OLB), Nick Johnson (MLB),
Jarrett Wiggins (OLB), Leon Best (CB), Melvin Patterson (SS), J.J.
Milbrook (FS) and Travis Simmons (CB) on the defensive side of the ball.

In regards to special teams assignments, Ben Hartman will kick, Matt
Dodge will punt and Wilson Raynor will snap for East Carolina while
Murphy Paderick, Nathan Przestrzelski and Corey Bass will handle those
aforementioned duties for the Pirates.

The contest will feature many similarities of a regular season game in
regards to scoring, officiating and an operative clock while live
hitting will also be permitted on all positions.

In addition to a handful of players who have sat out the entire spring
season for rehabilitation assignments, Holtz indicated that junior DT
Khalif Mitchell (ankle) and sophomore LB Jeremy Chambliss (leg) will
also miss the contest because of injuries.

In a special pre-game ceremony, Holtz and each position coach will
recognize the most improved player from their respective unit and also
cite individuals who have displayed an outstanding attitude, effort and
leadership skills during spring drills.

"Without question, this is an event we certainly all look forward to,"
Holtz said. "Anytime we have the opportunity to play in Dowdy-Ficklen
Stadium in front of the greatest fans in the country, it's an
overwhelming experience."

Seating for the public will be on the south side of the stadium and fans
are asked to enter through Gate 2. Game tickets will be available
Saturday for $5.00, or $10.00 with the addition of a plate of
award-winning bar-b-que from the 24th Annual Great Pirate Purple/Gold
Pigskin Pig-Out Party.

Bar-b-que will be served beginning at 11:00 a.m., rain or shine, at the
big white tent located in White Lot (grass) adjacent to Dowdy-Ficklen
Stadium. For convenience in case of rain, there will also be a
drive-thru pick-up location near Clark-LeClair Stadium.

As a courtesy to fans, complimentary roster flipcards containing a
listing of players by uniform color (offense and defense), will be
available at all entrance gates.


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