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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9


Garrard brash, Henry miffed after draft day


Senior QB, RB both determined

David Garrard was perhaps more confident after the NFL draft then at any point in his East Carolina football career.

In contrast, Leonard Henry was more upset after the NFL draft then at any stage during his Pirate playing days.

Both players will head to the “Sunshine State” to play professional football.
Garrard was a 4th round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Henry went to the Miami Dolphins in the 7th round.

Garrard and Henry will take very different attitudes with them when they head south.

Garrard was borderline cocky.

"Jacksonville had been saying they wanted me — that if my name was there at the right time, they'd take me," Garrard said. “When I talked with Coach Coughlin he said, 'David, we're pretty excited to get you.' I said, 'Coach, you're getting the best draft pick ever.' I know with time I can be the next premier quarterback in the NFL."

Garrard felt like he was the best quarterback in the draft.

“I watched the other guys at the combines, and I am as good as they are,” he said. "I just think that David Carr and Joey Harrington had better years then I did. I can play, and I can’t wait to get my chance.”

Playing quarterback in the NFL is as much making the right decision as it is in having the best talent. Garrard made some very questionable decisions this past season, and that aspect of his game will have to improve if he has any chance to make it with the Jags.

Leonard Henry was just down right angry when he fell all the way to the 7th round.

“I just feel like I have worked so hard to get to this position,” Henry said. “I think that teams just didn’t give me enough credit for all of the work that I have put in. It really hurt dropping to the seventh round. But now I just have to go down to Miami and outwork everyone else. I can do it. I will do it!"

If Leonard Henry runs the football down in Miami like he did against Carolina and others this past season, then the Dolphins will look back at the former Pirate and realize that Leonard Henry was some kind of bargain.

And if Garrard turns out to be as good as he thinks he is now, then look out!

Pirates lure Aussie recruit away from PAC-10     <<< Top of Page >>>

East Carolina’s Bill Herrion has added the name of Australian recruit Luke Mackay to his roster.

Mackay is a 6’-4” shooting guard who should come in and help right away.

Originally, Mackay was headed for PAC-10 member Oregon State after playing at Lon Morris Junior College in Tyler, TX. But the Beavers had a coaching change, giving Mackay a chance to back out of his deal with OSU and head east to Greenville.

Several other schools were interested in Mackay, but the Australian really enjoyed his visit and felt more comfortable with ECU after the changes were made at Oregon State.

New Lady Pirate coach is impressive     <<< Top of Page >>>

I was most impressed with new East Carolina Women’s Coach Sharon Baldwin on Monday.

Mike Hamrick has had a wave of very successful hires, and Baldwin looks to be the latest “winner” to come to East Carolina.

I asked her if she was always as nice as she seemed at her news conference, and her answer really impressed me.

“Sometimes I am a disciplinarian, so I’m not always this nice,” she smiled and explained. “I do, however, like to coach people, and not just players.”

Her philosophy almost mirrors that of men’s Coach Bill Herrion.

“The most talented team doesn’t always win," she said. "We will have to outwork teams to beat them. You have to work hard and compete every day at practice. That will be a vital part of our team’s play in games — just how hard we work and compete in practice.”

Coach Herrion couldn’t have said it better himself.

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