Spring Football Notebook No. 8
April 4, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After completing its first official intra-squad scrimmage of the spring Saturday, East Carolina returned to Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Monday afternoon and continued a physical pace with a correction-oriented two-and-a-half-hour workout in full pads.
Second-year head coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff completed full game-tape evaluations earlier in the day and their thoughts after observing the video remained consistent with their initial observations Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
"It wasn't perfect, but I was pleased with what I saw both Saturday and again on tape," McNeill said. "We went 100-plus plays and had three penalties, which was a positive. I thought our receivers ran crisp routes and liked the way they broke off the ball. The (six) turnovers are a catch-22 situation - you praise the defense, but have to address it with the offense."
Monday's session was ECU's eighth of the spring period, marking the passing of the halfway point of its 15-day schedule. The Pirates have seven more practices remaining, including a second Saturday morning scrimmage later this week and the playing of the Purple-Gold Game April 16.
Despite its 108-play effort Saturday, East Carolina's weekday period-by-period agenda didn't deviate from McNeill's established norm this spring. The Pirates spent their final 55 minutes engaged in three segments that covered special teams, seven-on-seven skeleton drills and an 11-on-11 team segment that keyed heavily on third down situations Monday.
"We still have a lot of work to do, and just seven days to get it done," McNeill said. "While I'm pleased with where we are at this point, we're certainly a long way away from being where we need to be at the end of the spring."
NOTES: The Pirates had 36 snaps during the team-on-team session (24 passes, 12 rushes) ... Sophomore Rio Johnson experienced the bulk of the work, completing seven-of-12 passes for 49 yards ... One of his tosses was a 14-yard scoring pass to sophomore inside receiver Justin Jones ... Jones was also on the receiving end of a period-best 17-yarder from senior Dominique Davis on the second play of action ... Redshirt freshman center Drew Gentry was cleared to practice Monday after suffering a right knee injury during the latter stages of Saturday's scrimmage ... Gentry was forced back into action quickly however as the unit's only other healthy center, senior Hugh Parker, injured his left knee during Monday's workout ... Junior defensive tackle Leroy Vick, who sustained a left knee injury during the scrimmage's third possession, is undergoing additional tests and evaluations early this week to determine his availability ... McNeill also announced senior outside receiver Lance Lewis will miss the remainder of spring drills and be excused from all football team-related activities for the rest of the spring semester to re-focus on his academic responsibilities ... Lewis recorded 89 catches for 1,116 yards and a team-high 14 touchdowns during his initial campaign with the Pirates in 2010 after transferring from East Mississippi Community College.
EAST CAROLINA'S 2011 SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE