Pirates Practice In Pads For The First Time

GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the first time this season, East Carolina headed out for its daily afternoon practice session wearing shoulder pads before the Pirates completed their third workout of the fall camp on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Sunday.

The Pirates, who started fall practice Friday, Aug. 3, will follow Sunday's practice with single workouts at the practice facility through Tuesday before conducting the first of three two-a-day periods Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Head coach Skip Holtz and staff guided ECU through a traditional two-and-a-half-hour practice which emphasized all facets of offensive and defensive team work, including repetitions with the Pirates' schemes and alignments. East Carolina closed the workout with a 15-minute scrimmage period that featured all levels of the offensive and defensive preseason depth chart.

"I thought we worked through the heat pretty well," said Holtz. "Albeit early, today marked the next phase of camp with shells and we'll obviously take the next step when we follow with full pads in a few days. I like the intensity and enthusiasm I've seen so far, but as is always the case at this stage, we've still got quite a mountain to climb before we can say anything about being ready to play."

The Pirates will spend Monday's workout in shells (shoulder pads, helmets and shorts) before putting on full gear for the first time Tuesday afternoon.