GREENVILLE, N.C. - After preparing for its initial full-pad workout with
four introductory sessions to open preseason camp, the Pirates finally
put on full gear for the first time in the 2007 campaign and responded
with a spirited two-hour practice on Hight Field at the Cliff Moore
Practice Complex Tuesday night.
Because of temperatures that eclipsed the 100-degree mark and heat
indices that pushed near 115 during the afternoon, third-year head coach
Skip Holtz pushed the start time back to 7:00 p.m. Despite the schedule
deviation, he was pleased with his squad's sharpness while it completed
another phase of preseason work. ECU wrapped up the practice with
another 30-minute team session which included a heavy dose of
"I thought this (workout) was our best one yet," Holtz said. "I'm
encouraged by the many positive things I saw out there. It was crisp and
sharp, and we had a lot of guys flying around out there. If we keep
working like we did tonight, there's no doubt that we'll keep getting
Running backs Norman Whitley and Chris Johnson highlighted the offensive
side of the ball during some of the Pirates' situational drills with
long runs while cornerback Dekota Marshall and linebacker Durwin Lamb
each recorded interceptions on defense.
"I also remain pleased with the leadership our upperclassmen are
providing," Holtz added. "Everyone is talking out there and players are
coaching players. This team wants to be in a position of reaching many
of the goals it has set this season."
The Pirates will work in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets during the
scheduled two-hour morning session before returning to full gear in the
evening practice. In addition to Wednesday's double action, ECU also
plans to turn in a pair of workouts on Monday, August 13 and Monday,
NOTES: After completing their first two-a-day practices Wednesday, the
Pirates will begin preparing for the preseason camp's first intra-squad
scrimmage scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ...
The contest, closed to the public, will be followed by the first off day
of the preseason Sunday ... Senior Josh Coffman (OT), senior Matt Butler
(OG), sophomore Stephen Heis (C), sophomore Doug Palmer (OG) and
redshirt freshman D.J. Scott (OT) all competed as members of the No. 1
offensive line during Tuesday's work ... Tickets are still available for
the 13th Annual Meet The Pirates Night, ECU's preseason football fanfest
scheduled for Saturday, August 18 ... Fans may order tickets online, by
visiting the ECU Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-DIAL-ECU
... Wednesday's Practice Times: 8:35 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. & 8:05 p.m. -
10:30 p.m.; Season Opener: Sept. 1 vs. Virginia Tech (12 noon).