ECU Goes Full Pads At Practice

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina moved to the next phase of its preseason camp Tuesday morning, turning in a two-and-a-half hour full-pad workout at Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex.

The first full-gear session comes on the eve of the Pirates’ first of three scheduled two-a-days over the next two weeks, preceding similar agendas for Monday, Aug. 12 and Thursday, Aug. 15. ECU will begin the morning’s full-pad practice at 8:45 before returning in shells at 4:15 p.m.

”Today was another good day for us,” head coach Ruffin McNeill said. “We kept emphasizing fundaments and making sure we’re on the same page on all three sides of the ball. I thought we came out and attacked our practice plan and got a lot of quality reps in. These guys have been really cooperative and coachable early on and you can see their hunger to get better, and that has produced good team chemistry.

”Now we turn to our focus on getting better during film study, have a couple of walk-throughs then get a good lift in with Coach (Jeff) Connors before looking at more film. During camp the daily process is the same, but we have to make sure we continue to do the right things and get better as a team.”

Once again under cooler temperatures that reached into the mid-70’s, Tuesday’s practice consisted of screen drills, specialized one-on-one matchups, ball security and extended team sessions against scouts followed by daily individual segments. The Pirates also worked on first-and-10 offense and defense, while emphasizing special teams and kickoff return responsibilities.