Pirates Close Out '12 Preseason Camp

UABSPORTS.COM Head coach Ruffin McNeill
Head coach Ruffin McNeill

Aug. 20, 2012

Coach McNeill, Player Post-Practice Interviews

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Head Coach Ruffin McNeill completed his third fall camp at East Carolina as the Pirates wrapped up the NCAA-recognized preseason period with a soggy two-hour, shells-only workout Monday morning on Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex.

McNeill guided ECU through opening individual and positional drills before spending a combined 35 minutes in skeleton and team-on-team segments that featured competition between preseason depth chart members on both sides of the ball in lieu of scout squads.

With the start of classes, the Pirates will return to their in-season schedule which regularly will include daily 3:30 p.m. practices Tuesday through Thursday, a Sunday night session and an off day each Monday. ECU will make one exception to the aforementioned slate with an off-date tomorrow to acclimate itself to the first day of school.

"I'm looking forward to returning to our regular routine and getting into a game-type mode for the rest of this week," McNeill said. "I thought we accomplished what we needed to during camp with our execution, tempo and football intelligence. I've said this before, but I really like the attitude and work ethic this team has."

McNeill also indicated the program's initial depth chart of the season is still being discussed and formalized, and will be released prior to his first press conference of the season next Monday.

"I was happy with the way we closed things out today," McNeill added. "Both sides the ball looked strong and were really flying around the field. We talked about everyone from the coaches to the players having the right pace and we met that goal."

NOTES: OWR Antonio Cannon (concussion) was cleared for "full-go" status and participated in Monday's practice ... DE Matt Milner (left foot) and IWR Quataye Smyre (left leg) also experienced limited action for the first time in more than a week to 10 days after suffering their injuries ... NT Michael Brooks (concussion), OLB Jacob Geary (left leg), OLB Montese Overton (concussion), CB Leonard Paulk (right knee) and OWR Brandon Weymann (right shoulder) remained sidelined ... RB Vintavious Cooper rejoined the team and worked out Monday morning after missing Saturday's scrimmage because of bereavement leave.