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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

By Brian Bailey

'Game Day, Every Day'

By Brian Bailey
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, there would be no need for a column this week.

The picture would be of East Carolina quarterback Dominique Davis’s face after I queried him about getting ready for the season.

“Are you ready to get to work?” I asked the second year Pirate standout.

The look on his face told the story.

“We’re ready,” Davis smiled and said. “But we’ve been working ever since Coach (Jeff) Connors got here.”

Connors has a simple theme. It’s game day everyday.

That theme has stuck with Davis.

“He preaches to us,” said Davis. “It’s game day everyday. And that’s how it has felt all summer in the weight room. It’s is going to be second nature when we get on the field.”

I asked Davis just what kind of shape this team is in as it gets set to report later this week.

“I really don’t want to say because we’ve been working so hard,” said Davis. “I don’t want to jinx it. Coach Connors has been quote, 'fun' for us. I think it’s going to be a great season.”

Davis proved to be a part of one of the nation’s most dynamic offenses in 2010. He says this Pirate offense has even more potential in 2011.

“We can be a lot better,” explained Davis. “Just like Coach Ruff says about me to you guys (media), that we’ve just scratched the surface. This is our second year in this offense. We know what the coaches want from us. Our tempo will be quicker because we all know what’s going on out there.”

Davis is borderline giddy when he talks about the possibilities in this offense.

“It’s going to be fun,” he continued. “Everybody knows what to expect and what to do and we are just ready to go out there and showcase our talents.”

The team reports to camp on Thursday and will work out for the first time on Friday afternoon.

Saturday is media day and then the squad will settle into the camp routine next week.

Davis has been a leader since his arrival in Greenville last year.

Now Davis will get a chance to lead this team in his senior season against a most difficult schedule and a very balanced league.

As Davis and Coach Connors would say, it’s going to be fun!


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