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'Painting 'em Purple'

From the Booth
Thursday, August 29, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates


Streak, unknowns, make Blue Devils dangerous


It’s game time! Let’s match ‘em up. The Pirates and the Blue Devils are set to bang heads Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham.

A lot has been made of the fact that Duke has lost twenty-three in a row. You know that Duke has competitive players with pride, many of them young, fresh blood players who desperately want to end this string of futility.

East Carolina should expect nothing but Duke’s very best shot. You would expect the Blue Devils will come out like wounded dogs backed in a corner.

The first thing that jumps out about Duke is the size of their offensive line. Shouldn’t these guys be at Cameron Indoor Stadium playing for “Coach K?” The tackles are 6’7” and 6’8”. Four of the five are over 300 pounds.

The Pirate defensive line that will matchup with these guys in the trenches will be an interesting group to watch. They have the potential to be good and the outside linebackers can hopefully get pressure on Duke’s quarterback. Give a slight edge to the Pirates.

The quarterback matchup is a huge mystery. Duke is not saying who will start. Will it be Rutgers transfer Chris Dapolito or Californian Adam Smith? Neither have much experience. Last year’s starter Dee Bryant was an academic casualty, leaving fourth year head coach Carl Franks in a quandary.

I talked with ECU quarterback Paul Troth Monday and he’s a very mature young man. He’ll be okay. And yes it is a dream come true for him to be the starting quarterback. He’s been a Pirate fan all his life. His father and mother went to school at ECU and his dad, Mike, played football here.

The quarterback matchup has too many inexperienced questions on both sides to give an edge.

We’ll give an edge to the Pirates in the running game with Art Brown, Marvin Townes, and an offensive line led by Brian Rimpf. Duke has a fine running back in Chris Douglass, a 190 pound junior from Sherrills Ford, a second team All-ACC performer, and Alex Wade is a 250-pound fullback.

Defensively the Pirates had trouble stopping people the second half of last season while Duke had trouble stopping people all year. Both teams need to make vast improvements on that side of the ball. The Pirates should have better and more athletes on the field Saturday night. Edge to ECU.

The Pirates may win the special teams matchup every time they step on the gridiron this year if kicker Kevin Miller, punter Jarad Preston, and returners Richard Alston and Marvin Townes play up to their potential — again give the edge to the Pirates.

On paper East Carolina looks like the stronger football team. The game, however, is not won or lost on paper. The final exam results will be in about 9:00 p.m. Saturday night.

Have fun!

News ‘n Notes

The Pirate Sports Radio Network hits the air Saturday night at 5:10 p.m. Carlester Crumpler joins me for our fifteenth year of working together. Crump was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May.

Henry Hinton also joins us in the booth, while Marty Feurer patrols the sideline for his tenth season and conducts our post-game locker room report. Paul Rogers will be twisting the dials as our network engineer-producer.

The Steve Logan Show will air again Saturday at twelve noon on WITN Channel Seven. The show also airs Saturday in the Greensboro market on WXIV Channel 14 and in the Tidewater, VA, and Northeast North Carolina area on SKY 4 WSKY. Both Stations air the show at 11:30 a.m. Time Warner Cable in the Raleigh-Durham market airs the show Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Sundays, WRPX Channel 45 airs the program at 1:00 p.m. in the Raleigh-Durham market.

Remember, Steve Logan’s Radio Call-In Show Sunday nights this year at 7:00 p.m. Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant is the network sponsor and home of the Steve Logan Show.

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