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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

By Brian Bailey

Important time for spring football

By Brian Bailey
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Bailey: Pirates on defense about defense

Skip Holtz and the East Carolina football team took advantage of the spring’s nicest day of the year so far for the team’s first intra-squad scrimmage.

The defense really looked good. The Pirate “D” racked up seven tackles for lost yardage. The defense gave up just over three yards rushing per attempt and four and half overall yards per play.

The defense also scored the lone touchdown of the afternoon, an 89-yard interception return by red shirt freshman Emanuel Davis.

The big thing you notice when you watch this team scrimmage is the depth of the squad. There’s great competition for playing time, and that makes everyone better.

"In general terms, I think we accomplished what we needed to today," said Holtz. "At this point, we are just trying to evaluate our personnel and regulate the number of plays for each player. There is a lot of competition between our two's and three's and I'd like to think some people helped themselves out here.

"One of our goals was for everyone to have an opportunity to get in and see action, and for us to get some tape to look at."

Although there is competition at all positions, the one battle that most fans like to follow is the one for the quarterback position. Coach Holtz would like to find a true starter after going with a platoon system last year.

Senior Patrick Pinkney and junior Rob Kass agree that the competition is good for both of them. Both, though, say they want the job full-time.

“Obviously, being a competitive person, I want to be the guy out there,” said Kass. “Whether it’s me or Patrick, it’s not like the competition is going to fall off once one of us is named.”

Pinkney agreed. “They are pushing to get one quarterback as the starter,” he said. “Rob and I are working hard to get that position. We’re working hard together to improve the position.”

Kass says it’s a great competition.

“We’re always going to be out there pushing each other, on and off the field,” Kass said. “But no matter who the starter is, we’ll still be there for each other, working together, helping each other read defenses and stuff like that. It could end up like last year, where we do have two quarterbacks. But being a competitor, I want to be that guy out there.”

Coach Holtz hopes the next scrimmage will move him and the staff closer to that all-important depth chart that will help to kick off the season come August.

Big week for Pirate baseball

Billy Godwin’s Pirates rallied to take two out of three from 19th-ranked Central Florida this weekend down in Orlando.

The Pirates followed a close loss on Friday night with two blowout wins, evening the team’s record in league play at 3-3.

The goal is to win every series in Conference USA play. The Pirates fell short of that goal against Houston, but made up for that somewhat with the series win at UCF. The win also moved the Pirates back into the national rankings, now at number 24 by Collegiate Baseball.

This week, it’s home games against North Carolina State on Tuesday night and Campbell on Wednesday. Then the Pirates hit the road for another key Conference USA series this weekend, visiting Southern Miss.

The Golden Eagles were in Houston this past weekend, putting an end to Rice’s 40-series home field winning streak. Southern Miss took two out of three from the Owls, claiming both of their wins by a single run.

The week should provide a great test. The Pirates start the week with a rested bullpen after outstanding weekend outings from Seth Maness and Justin Bristow.

Let’s just hope the weather cooperates for baseball to start the week!


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04/21/2008 07:04:59 PM


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