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By Al Myatt
©2004 Bonesville.net

East Carolina coach John Thompson planned to divide his team for greater efficiency as preseason practice gets started today.

"We're going to split into two groups," he said. "It won't be young and old, or good and bad, or varsity and junior varsity. We're just splitting so we can get more repititions and have fewer people standing around. Players will practice once and the coaches will practice twice."

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According to an ECU release, 100 players reported to campus Monday to begin preparations for the 69th season of Pirate football. ECU starts the season at West Virginia on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.

Incoming players are being housed in Scott Hall. The newcomers had their physicals done and were fitted for equipment on Monday, as were returning players.

After dinner at Harvey Hall inside the Murphy Center, the Pirates went through a two-hour orientation process spending more than an hour with the athletics department’s compliance staff covering a variety of NCAA regulations.

The first practice session is at 8:15 a.m. today at the Cliff Moore Practice Facility.

ECU will hold its annual media day on Sat., Aug. 14 and conduct its yearly Meet The Pirates night on Sat., Aug. 21 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Tickets for Meet the Pirates are available by contacting the ECU Athletic Marketing Department (328-4530).

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In recruiting news, Thompson confirmed on Monday that tight ends coach Steve Janski has taken over the duties of recruiting coordinator, a position that was previously held by running backs coach Jerry McManus.

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The Pirates have added a commitment, running back/defensive back Craig James of Jacksonville (Fla.) Lee High, to bring their known total for the class of 2005 to three. ECU also is expected to add defensive lineman Nick Moghaddam, a junior college player from California before the 2004 season.

James played his first season on the high school level as a junior in 2003 after playing earlier in recreation leagues, according to Lee coach Randy Glass. James, no relation to former Southern Methodist running back and NFL player/commentator of the same name, is exceptionally fast, running a 4.32-second electronically-timed 40 yards at Florida's camp this summer.

James, who is 5-feet-10 and 155 pounds, ran 72 times last season for 710 yards and six touchdowns. He had eight receptions for 178 yards and three TDs. Although playing primarily as a running back, James also had two interceptions on defense.

Glass said James projects as an academic qualifier with over a 3.0 grade point average and a score of 960 on his SAT.

"He's a quality, quality young man," Glass said.

Lee, which competes in District 3, 3-A in Florida, was 6-4 last season.

ECU had earlier commitments from Dave Thomas III, a quarterback/defensive back at Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Riverdale and linebacker Josh Smith of Garner.

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