Spring Football Notebook No. 10

UABSPORTS.COM Head Coach Ruffin McNeill
Head Coach Ruffin McNeill

April 7, 2014

Highlights and Interviews

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina began its third and final full week of the spring practice period with a lively two-hour workout Monday afternoon on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Complex.

The Pirates returned to action in shells after conducting their second intra-squad scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning. After turning in its 10th practice, ECU has just two more workouts scheduled - one being a mandated non-contact outing - before the playing of the Purple-Gold Game Saturday.

Head coach Ruffin McNeill added an extended video session to review Saturday's contest in position groups before heading out to the complex and beginning his on-the-field instruction. He reiterated his earlier thoughts after seeing the tape, citing the continuation of the Pirates' competitive spirit and the improvement of fundamentals as a few of the biggest positives produced by the scrimmage.

"The key to success is to be consistent, and when that happens, there's improvement," McNeill said. "The goal is always to play assignment-sound football with a clear mind and the reps we've been getting are starting to put us in a position to do that. I thought we came out today and had a competitive practice on both sides of the ball."

After Wednesday's shell workout and Friday's shorts-only outing, ECU's coaching staff will re-define their depth chart and evaluate the latest injury report to determine No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 matchups that will be utilized for the Purple-Gold Game, which is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

NOTES: Pirate quarterbacks combined on a 12-of-17, 159-yard passing effort during the team phase of Monday's practice ... Senior Shane Carden (7-of-11, 93 yards) had the longest play of the segment, connecting with sophomore inside receiver Isaiah Jones on a 46-yarder for a touchdown ... Redshirt freshman Kurt Benkert completed his first four passes to finish with a five-of-six performance (66 yards) that also included a TD ... Redshirt freshman running back Marquez Grayson recorded the longest rush of the day with a 16-yarder ... ECU's defense continued its pressure with six tackles for lost yardage, including a pair (and a sack) by sophomore lineman Frederick Presley ... Sophomore defensive back DaShaun Amos (right ankle) and sophomore defensive lineman Demetri McGill (illness) both returned to action today after missing Saturday's scrimmage, while sophomore outside receiver Jimmy Williams (right shoulder) remained sidelined ... McNeill indicated the Pirates would make-up their postponed practice (March 29) with an additional workout on Monday (April 14) following the Purple-Gold Game.

Next Workout: Wednesday, April 9 (3:30-5:40 p.m.)
Remaining Workouts: April 11, April 12 (Purple-Gold Game, 2:30 p.m.) and April 14