Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
Garrard brash, Henry miffed after
QB, RB both determined
David Garrard was perhaps more confident after the
NFL draft then at any point in his East Carolina football career.
In contrast, Leonard Henry was more upset after the NFL draft then at any
stage during his Pirate playing days.
Both players will head to the “Sunshine State” to play professional
Garrard was a 4th round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Henry went
to the Miami Dolphins in the 7th round.
Garrard and Henry will take very different attitudes with them when they
Garrard was borderline cocky.
"Jacksonville had been saying they wanted me — that
if my name was there at the right time, they'd take me," Garrard said. “When
I talked with Coach Coughlin he said, 'David, we're pretty excited to get
you.' I said, 'Coach, you're getting the best draft pick ever.' I know with
time I can be the next premier quarterback in the NFL."
Garrard felt like he was the best quarterback in the
“I watched the other guys at the combines, and I am
as good as they are,” he said. "I just think that David Carr and Joey
Harrington had better years then I did. I can play, and I can’t wait to get
Playing quarterback in the NFL is as much making the
right decision as it is in having the best talent. Garrard made some very
questionable decisions this past season, and that aspect of his game will
have to improve if he has any chance to make it with the Jags.
Leonard Henry was just down right angry when he fell
all the way to the 7th round.
“I just feel like I have worked so hard to get to
this position,” Henry said. “I think that teams just didn’t give me enough
credit for all of the work that I have put in. It really hurt dropping to
the seventh round. But now I just have to go down to Miami and outwork
everyone else. I can do it. I will do it!"
If Leonard Henry runs the football down in Miami like
he did against Carolina and others this past season, then the Dolphins will
look back at the former Pirate and realize that Leonard Henry was some kind
And if Garrard turns out to be as good as he thinks
he is now, then look out!
lure Aussie recruit away from PAC-10
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East Carolina’s Bill Herrion has added the name of
Australian recruit Luke Mackay to his roster.
Mackay is a 6’-4” shooting guard who should come in
and help right away.
Originally, Mackay was headed for PAC-10 member
Oregon State after playing at Lon Morris Junior College in Tyler, TX. But
the Beavers had a coaching change, giving Mackay a chance to back out of his
deal with OSU and head east to Greenville.
Several other schools were interested in Mackay, but
the Australian really enjoyed his visit and felt more comfortable with ECU
after the changes were made at Oregon State.
Pirate coach is impressive
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I was most impressed with new East Carolina Women’s
Coach Sharon Baldwin on Monday.
Mike Hamrick has had a wave of very successful hires,
and Baldwin looks to be the latest “winner” to come to East Carolina.
I asked her if she was always as nice as she seemed
at her news conference, and her answer really impressed me.
I am a disciplinarian, so I’m not always this nice,” she smiled and
explained. “I do, however, like to coach people, and not just players.”
Her philosophy almost mirrors that of men’s Coach
“The most talented team doesn’t always win," she
said. "We will have to outwork teams to beat them. You have to work hard and
compete every day at practice. That will be a vital part of our team’s play
in games — just how hard we work and compete in practice.”
Coach Herrion couldn’t have said it better himself.
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