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One-on-One with the Pirates
, August 29, 2011

By Ron Cherubini

Q&A with Joe Womack

By Ron Cherubini
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If there is a sentimental favorite among the East Carolina wide receivers for this writer, it would have to be Joe Womack. When he came into the program, he was not as heralded as former star on the rise Daryl Freeney, but his talents and work ethic were such that Womack played as a true freshman. As a frosh, he managed to make some memorable plays, showing a penchant for coming up with the big catch or stretching the defense on a long play. Since that first season, it has been a mixed bag for Womack. He struggled to get on the field much as a junior, though when he did he made memorable plays (see the bomb for a TD against UNC-Chapel Hill).

Undaunted, Womack – like he does every year – went to work in the off-season and his efforts in spring and summer appear to be paying off as the senior seems headed for a depth chart slot for 2011 and a good role in the rotation. The coaches have raved about his leadership contributions and his technician approach to route running and receiving.

Joe was kind enough to sit down for a chat with Bonesville to share his insights on the upcoming season.

Joe Womack (82) in action (ECU SID photo)

One-on-One with Joe Womack

Q: It wasn’t long ago that you were playing as a true freshman and making an impact in your first year. Now in your final year, the coaches are talking about you being an impact receiver. Talk about your journey and your mindset going into your final year?

A: Going into this season, I am feeling good. I have been working on the little things that I need to correct. You can never overlook the little things, so I am working on that. As a team, we are looking good. I will be stepping into more of a leadership role this season and I am ready for the first game.

Q: From a receiver’s perspective, how difficult is this offense to understand and execute?

A: For a newcomer, when you first get into it, it is probably a little difficult, but after a year, you pick up on the little things you missed the first year in. It is a learning curve, like anything, but everybody does pick it up on different levels.

Q: Coach (Lincoln) Riley has said that he expects this offense to be improved over last year’s edition, despite the graduation of Dwayne Harris and the loss of four O-linemen. Do you see out there why he so passionately expects this?

A: I can see why Coach feels that way. A lot of the players are returning and with more experience. We have Dominique Davis and Lance Lewis back… we have talented young guys stepping into roles. These guys have been in this offense for a year, just not playing on game day yet. You can see it out here… I understand why he feels that way.

Q: Name a young receiver or two you think will have a breakout season in 2011?

A: Danny Webster, Justin Hardy, Reese Wiggins, and Torian Richardson all look very good in camp and I think that one or two of these guys could really (step up) this season.

Q: What player on this team do you most respect and why?

A: I would probably say Dominique (Davis) because he has been through a lot and accomplished a lot in such a short time here. He is always there pushing me. He is probably the reason that I am (looking at much more playing time this season). He is a real leader.

Q: What player on our defense gave you the most fits in the spring?

A: Emanuel Davis. He is a very good corner. I expect him to do big things again this year. Through the summer, going back and forth with him, he shows you something different every time out. He is one of the better corners out there.

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08/29/2011 02:25 AM


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