Pirates Return To Practice

UABSPORTS.COM Freshman inside wide receiver Gray Mazzone runs after making a catch during practice.
Freshman inside wide receiver Gray Mazzone runs after making a catch during practice.

Aug. 15, 2010

 Listen to Coach McNeill’s Post-Practice Interview

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A day after conducting its initial scrimmage of fall camp, East Carolina returned to the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Sunday afternoon for a corrective two-hour workout in shells. The Pirates again fought through the heat as the temperature climbed into the lower 90’s.

“I thought today was good,” first-year head coach Ruffin McNeill said. “We tried to make it like a typical Sunday during the season. The players lifted with Coach Golden in the morning and then came out here. I thought they handled the adjustment well. Making routine plays and communicating better were the two focus points for today.”

Following film evaluation of Saturday’s scrimmage, McNeill said he was very pleased with the team’s effort and with the blocking and tackling from the offense and defense.

Sunday, McNeill and the staff devoted 25 minutes to team-on-team work after the offense and defense spent nearly 30 minutes in skeleton drills. The offensive skeleton work centered on redzone and goal-line plays while the unit spent additional time running screens using a silent count against early-designated scouts.

“We have 21 days before our first game and I like our progress,” McNeill said. “We need to keep developing depth. There will be some moves made to help determine starting positions and back-ups. The quarterback competition is still up in the air but some other positions are solidifying. I’m looking forward to the competition this week.”

McNeill closed the practice with Michael Barbour and Ben Ryan alternating field goal attempts.

The Pirates will complete a two-hour morning workout Monday before having their first off day of camp Tuesday. ECU returns to practice Wednesday with a two-a-day schedule, holding a morning and mid-afternoon session.

Notes: Due to the forecast of high heat and humidity levels Monday, McNeill moved practice to 9:00 a.m. … Rahkeem Morgan, Marke Powell, Korey Reynolds and Josh Smith all returned to practice Sunday.

Monday’s Practice Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Season Opener: Sept. 5 vs. Tulsa in Greenville (2:00 p.m.)