GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina headed into its first off day of camp with a team-oriented two-hour practice conducted in shells Monday morning on Hight Field at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex.
Under partly cloudy skies with high humidity levels and temperatures hovering in the mid-80’s, the Pirates spent nearly 45 minutes total on team-on-team drills with emphasis on red zone and third down conversions.
“It was a hot one out there today and I thought the guys attacked it well,” fourth-year head coach Ruffin McNeill said. “It’s that time in camp where some guys are tired and bumps and bruises start to surface, but they did a good job fighting through those things. I decided to move the schedule around today and will use the afternoon as an opponent session to watch film and forego the second practice. After 11-straight physical workouts, I think today is a great day for us to dive into the mental aspect of things in regards to opponent preparation.”
During breakout group sessions, the offense spent additional time on screen packages and routes on air while the defensive secondary worked against scout team wide receivers. Both the offensive and defensive lines continued to work on pass protection and pass rush.
After taking Tuesday off, the Pirates will return to practice Wednesday with a morning session