East Carolina Progresses To Shells For First Time

RB Reggie Bullock

Aug. 5, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. - After two introductory sessions in shorts and helmets, East Carolina progressed to shoulder pads for the first time during fall camp as the Pirates turned in their third workout on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Sunday morning.

Despite head coach Ruffin McNeill's move to a morning schedule this year, temperatures and humidity levels still produced heat indices in the mid-to-upper-90s during the latter half of drills.

The Pirates, who opened camp Friday, will follow Sunday's efforts with single workouts at the practice facility through Tuesday before conducting the first of three two-a-day periods on Wednesday.

The move to shoulder pads allowed for noticeably more contact to occur throughout the morning, especially during a 25-minute team-on-team segment.

"I thought we flew around really well today," McNeill said. "The execution was good, which isn't always the case when you have a change (to pads). There's a lot of work that can be done with the upper body alone, especially when we talk about pad level and its direction relation to two critical aspects of the game - blocking and tackling."

McNeill and staff guided ECU through a traditional two-and-a-half hour practice which emphasized all facets of offensive and defensive team work, including repetitions with the Pirates' schemes after heavy installation days on Friday and Saturday.

Although ECU conducts its camp practices in the morning hours, the Pirates also engage in an hour of strength (lift) work inside the Murphy Center with coach Jeff Connors and walk-throughs at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex during the late afternoon hours.

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