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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
By Brian Bailey

New ritual reinforces drive for redemption


Every time East Carolina's football players huddle this summer, they leave by reciting one simple word as a team.

Every player has a hand on a teammate. Someone takes the lead.

“Respect on three,” that player will shout. “One, two, three… RESPECT!”

That, more then any other theme, will dominate the player’s thoughts come August.

“We break it down every time with respect,” said senior running back Art Brown. “A lot of teams don’t respect us. For us to gain respect we have to win games and that’s our motivation.”

Marvin Townes agrees.

“We know what we have to do,” Townes said. “The past is the past. It’s going to take hard work but we know what 1-11 feels like.”

New football strength coach John Grieco is getting much of the credit for this new attitude.

“We’ve got a great group of guys,” said Grieco. “They are chomping at the bit to get the national respect they should be getting.”

Grieco does bring another positive to the table.

“I really feel that these guys have put last year behind them,” he said. “Their attitude has been great. This is going to be the beginning of a special era here.”

Positive overload

By the very nature of the word, a "problem" is supposed to carry a negative tone.

However, the Pirate “problem” at running back is one that many teams would dearly love to have.

Art Brown has worked hard to get back into the lineup this fall. Brown has an outstanding work ethic but is still just a bit leery of taking that first hit in August.

“I’m going to have a little butterflies because it’s been a while since I’ve been out there,” said Brown. “As far as the knee, getting it banged up, well I really didn’t hurt it in a football manner. I’ll at least have the mental edge on that part.”

In case you haven’t seen Marvin Townes of late, get ready. Townes is absolutely cut, an amazing looking physical specimen.

“I can’t wait to get started after sitting out this spring with my ankle,” said Townes. “These workouts are tough, but we all know that the hard work will pay off.”

Add in Robert Tillman to the mix and the Pirates do have a nice “problem” at the running back position.

Players arrive back on campus on August 9th, but most if not all have been here all summer long.

The first day of practice is August 10th.

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