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Friday, April 9, 2004

By Al Myatt
ECU Beat Writer for The News & Observer

Spring drill: Recruiting, banquets, depth charts


John Thompson enjoys golf.

His responsibilities as football coach at East Carolina probably keep him from playing as much as he might like but with spring practice complete, “JT” was able to slip away earlier this week for some quality time in a quality place, Augusta National.

The Pirates coach was at the site of The Masters during practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday.

“Awesome,” said Thompson after nourishing his golfer’s soul at one of the game’s best maintained venues. “I’m a better man for having been there.”

Now that he’s back to work, Thompson has two priorities — recruiting and speaking to Pirate Club chapters.

“I want to get to know the high school coaches in North Carolina better,” Thompson said. “When we have a Pirate Club meeting at night, I’m planning to be out meeting high school coaches in that area during the day.”

ECU’s February signing class had just four in-state players and 16 with Florida roots.

ECU men’s basketball coach Bill Herrion will be appearing at Pirate Club meetings next week in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Richmond, Va., on Thursday. Thompson will join the men’s hoops coach at King’s Restaurant in Kinston on Monday, April 19.

The Pirate Club caravan moves to the Jacksonville (N.C.) Country Club on Tuesday, April 20, and a busy week continues on Wednesday, April 21 with a gathering at Nikola’s Restaurant at the Bridgeport Hotel in New Bern. Nash Community College in Rocky Mount will host a meeting on Thursday, April 22.

Pirates will convene at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham on April 27, at the Airport Marriott in Greensboro on April 28 and at the Shriners Oasis Temple in Charlotte on April 29. Meetings continue at various locations in May. Contact the Pirate Club for more information on upcoming functions at (252) 328-4540.

Preliminary football depth chart

You can read as much or as little into the two-deep post-spring football practice depth chart as you want but here it is: (The classes in parenthesis indicate players football eligibility.)

East Carolina Post-Spring Football Depth Chart


WR  Damarcus Fox (Sr.)
    Bobby Good (So.)
LT  Eric Graham (So.)
    Thomas Wingenbach (So.)
LG  Charlie Dempsey (Sr.)*
    Trey Magee (Jr.)
C   Hagen Mason (Sr.)
    Hunter Wood (Jr.)
RG  Gary Freeman (Jr.)
    Virgil Black (Fr.)
RT  James Myrick (Jr.)
    Joel Renaud (Jr.)
TE  Shawn Levesque (Jr.)
    Josh Coffman (So.)*
WR  Kevin Roach (So.)
    Edwin Rios (Sr.)
QB  James Pinkney (So.)
    Desmond Robinson (Sr.)* or Patrick Dosh (So.)
TB  Art Brown (Sr.)*
    Marvin Townes*
FB  Jermarcus Veal (Jr.)
    Kort Shankweiler (So.)

(Note: Brian Howard, a returning starter at wide receiver, is not listed on the depth chart.)

E   Richard Koonce (Jr.)
    Jason Pender (Jr.)
T   Guy Whimper (Jr.)*
    Wendell Chavis (Fr.)
NG  Dontre Brown (So.)
    Lance Neisz (So.)
E   Shauntae Hunt (Jr.)
    Sammie Walden (Jr.)
OLB Ike Emodi (Sr.)
    Pat Dickerson (Fr.)
ILB Chris Moore (Jr.)*
    Eric Butler (Sr.) or Tutu Moye (Sr.)
OLB Dashaun Stephens (Jr.)
    Pierre Parker
CB  Erode Jean (So.)*
    Markeith McQueen (Jr.)
CB  Donald Whitehead (Sr.)*
    Bernard Sintim (So.)
S   Zach Baker (Jr.)
    Kasey Ross (So.)
S   Kyle Chase (So.)
    Mickey McCoy (Jr.)*

(Note: Josh Chilsom, returning starter at outside linebacker, is not listed on the 2-deep)
K Cameron Broadwell (Sr.)*
P Ryan Dougherty (So.)*
LS Brandon Howard (Sr.)*
KR Robert Tillman (So.)
PR Damarcus Fox (Sr.)*

*Note: Asterisks denote returning starters.

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