ECU Completes Second Workout, Conducts Media Day

DE Terry Biles

Aug. 4, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Before conducting its annual media day activities early Saturday afternoon, East Carolina returned to the Cliff Moore Practice Complex and completed its second session of preseason camp.

The Pirates spent the two-and-half hour morning workout in shorts and helmets before entering the next stage of preparation by putting on shoulder pads Sunday.

"It was a good second day with a lot of installation on both offense and defense," head coach Ruffin McNeill said. "There's a lot of information to absorb, especially during the early phase of camp, but I like the attention to detail that I saw. These are long days with a lot of meeting time and conditioning work that needs to be done, in addition to what gets accomplished on the field."

While yesterday's practice focused mainly on an introductory reinforcement of fundamentals, today's area of emphasis started to address execution and timing elements. The Pirates spent two of the longest periods in skeleton drills (20 minutes) and a team-on-team segment (25) against the scout squad.

All four quarterbacks vying for the starting position - senior Brad Wornick, junior Rio Johnson, sophomore Shane Carden and freshman Cody Keith - took equal repetitions during both periods.

"As we're getting started, the quarterbacks are all getting the same amount of reps at this point," McNeill said. "Obviously, we'll separate it out eventually and make decisions who deserves and needs more the farther we go and closer we get to the season opener."

During the early afternoon's media day event, approximately 30 members of eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia newspaper, radio and television outlets came to the Murphy Center to conduct player and coach interviews. Twenty-four players were requested and McNeill gave a preseason state-of-the-team address before going through a question-and-answer session that included the following selected comments:

Sunday's Practice Time: 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Season Opener: Sept. 1 vs. Appalachian State in Greenville (12 noon)